How to Sanitize/Disinfect Your Makeup.

HOUSEIf I asked you, “When was the last time you cleaned your makeup?” Most of you would probably cringe when you realize that either you haven’t really cleaned your makeup or it has been forever since you did!

Everyone knows already that cleaning your makeup brushes is essential to prevent all that gunk and germs from collecting and transferring to our faces, but if your makeup is swimming in pools of germs, your clean brushes aren’t going to do you any good to prevent possible infections.

MAKE SURE TO WASH YOUR HANDS BEFORE GETTING STARTED! As in wash it with soap and water in the duration of 2 Happy Birthday Songs. πŸ™‚

Let’s get started:

You Will NEED

  • An isopropyl alcohol is great for killing bacteria that could be living in your precious makeup. A concentration of 70% or higher is recommended but try to avoid 99% because it might evaporate too fast before penetrating those pesky bugs.


  • Place alcohol in spray bottle


  • To clean eyeshadows bronzers, blushes and lipsticks, just spritz alcohol directly onto the item. Be careful not to oversaturate! Leave them open to dry.

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  • For pencils, grab your sharpener (make sure it is clean to avoid cross contamination), sharpen to take the outer layer off.


  • You can also wipe it down with alcohol on a cotton pad.


I personally love to take the disinfecting wipes to clean the OUTSIDE of whatever makeup containers. DO NOT USE it on the makeup itself or you will die, just kidding, but seriously don’t. Those things contain harsher chemicals that could harm you and potentially ruin your makeup. We don’t want that.

Other things to consider:


  • Liquid liners, lipglosses, mascara, loose shadows and other items that are in containers similar to these are very tricky to clean. I suggest getting rid of them when they start to turn gunky and dry. As for loose shadows, you could always press them!

I hope this was helpful for all the makeup lovers out there!

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    1. I’m so glad to hear that! I didn’t know either so I had to look up information and make my own post to spread the word. Thanks again! πŸ˜€

  1. Great and informative, I just cleaned my brushes last night. I never really though of cleaning my makeup – as you stated what good to have clean brushes and dip it right back in germy makeup.

    1. It’s something that I realized recently too. It’s nice to do this once in awhile to, at least, lower the risks of infection. πŸ™‚

    1. Hi πŸ™‚ I use one of those antibacterial dish soap, then rinse. Sometimes I do a second go with conditioner to keep the brush soft then rinse. Then dry them hanging brush side down so the water doesn’t go up towards the handle and ruin the glue. πŸ™‚

  2. Whoa. I didn’t it was okay to spritz some alcohol on make-up. I might do this one of these days. Thanks for the tips, Jules!

    1. It’s a cheap alternative πŸ™‚ If you want to go way beyond this, you can DIY by adding emollient to it if you’re afraid of it drying out your makeup.. (Which really shouldn’t be an issue if used once in awhile)

    1. I did some reading on BeautySoClean to see what the ingredients are. It wasn’t listed on the site but someone on a message board who got it listed the ingredients. It’s basically alcohol and other emollients. It is way overpriced in my opinion for the ingredients that they used.
      Alcohol is cheap alternative for now πŸ™‚
      Even though there’s speculation that it will dry out or change the consistency of your makeup overtime, I think that is just a sign that you’ve had that makeup long enough and it’s time to toss it.

    1. I know right? It’s like we clean our brushes but we dip them in the same makeup that we used our dirty brushes on afterwards. It’s nice to do every few months or so to lower the risk.

  3. I love this post! so handy to know little tricks and tips about cleaning makeup itself not just brushes! usually I just clean my brushes and I’m done but now I’ll b adding this to my routine! x

    1. Hi Lubka πŸ™‚ Don’t put any other liquid on your makeup because it will ruin it. But alcohol actually evaporates so it does leave the makeup intact after if you let it sit. There’s a lot of information and demo online of people using alcohol to fix broken makeup.

  4. Haha so I won’t die? What a relief. I ruined a shadow spraying directly onto it so I’m fearful. Thanks for sharing, I wash my brushes and go through and keep my makeup clean but I don’t sanitize. I will start. xx

    1. I’m just curious, was your shadow ruined by the alcohol?
      Cause if it was, I don’t recommended using alcohol on those eyeshadows again. lol

  5. Excellent post, I use rubbing alcohol too but must confess that I haven’t cleaned the containers for a while! I do clean brushes regularly though, but the sponges needs a good wash :-S

    1. I’m guilty of not cleaning either until I find out I could do this. I read a post about somebody getting an eye infection and that’s why started looking for information.
      Thank you for stopping by πŸ™‚

  6. I only very recently started trying make up and this might be really great for sensitive skinned folks like me who can break out from dirty make up! Great post! πŸ™‚

  7. this is brilliant, thanks so much! won’t using alcohol on your make-up be bad for your skin though? I suffer from rosacea and I try to avoid things like alcohol as much as possible.

    1. Although alcohol evaporates out of the makeup, there will be some residue left and it can irritate your sensitive skin even further. I would just look for other alternatives that is made for sanitizing makeup that can be use with super sensitive skin.