- NEVER use shared tester cosmetics on your face. Test new products on the back of your hand, and buy from stores that have a return policy that will accept opened cosmetics.
- Clean your brushes at least once a week. Cleaning after every use is best for all brushes, and essential for brushes used for liquids and creams. Once a week is ok for brushes used 1-2 times per week with powdered products of the same color. Cleaning removes bacteria and pigment, preventing "muddy" looks.
- Sanitize your cosmetics frequently, ideally after every use. See below for sanitizers.
- Scoop out creams and liquids onto a palette, using a clean spatula or a pump. Recap tighly after use. If your fingers never touch the product, it is much less likely to become contaminated.
- Brush cleaners:
- For washing:
- I use a combination of olive oil and dish soap, using the method described in this video.
- For daily cleaning/color switching, try one of these products:
- Cosmetic sanitizers:
- For pencils and sticks:
- For powders:
- For both, consider this alternative:
- Portable UV sanitizers, such as the DeGERMinator
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