How often do you really need to clean and maintain your makeup kits and accessories? Whether you are a professional working makeup artist or a major makeup lover, keeping your product sanitary and yourself hygienic is essential to protecting you and your client from possible infections. Look at it this way -you don't want to put dirty, unhygienic products on your beautifully clean skin or a client's right?  Therefore, maintaining your makeup kit frequently and ensuring that all products within it are properly sanitized will ensure not just hygienic makeup application, but also a beautiful look each and every time.

Its even best to sanitize, clean and wipe all makeup tools and products in front of your client to make sure they know you are hygienic and follow health and safety precautions and procedures. Also, use a metal spatula to scoop or scrape products from original containers and place them on a palette to work on instead of dipping directly into creams, liquids, or gel formula products.

Likewise, if you share your makeup or tools with other people, it is even more important to keep these hygiene tips in mind to avoid spreading germs. Here are some tips by SAHAR JAMFAR to make sure your makeup doesnt ruin your complexion.

1. Wash your hands before using products

This is the best way to prevent bacteria spreading and your pores clogging up. Face products such as creams are in most need of this because once they are opened, bacteria starts to grow, making the expiry date an important thing to keep an eye on.

2. Make sure all products are in date

All products will have a symbol followed by a number on them, indicating the number of months that they last for. This is important to bear in mind as over time, products can become stale, change in colour or smell. Oil-based products such as foundation and concealer are ones to be careful of as well as products that are regularly touched by fingers and ones exposed to air such as mascara and lip gloss. All of these products are regularly exposed to germs and therefore need the most attention.

3. Wash brushes and sponges every two weeks

This applies to all brushes, in particular ones that are used daily such as foundation, concealer and powder brushes. Many makeup brands have a cleanser solution so it is very accessible. This helps brushes last longer and keep skin looking as good as possible. Especially with expensive brushes, it is important to look after them as they are able to last for years. Eyeshadow brushes can be cleaned every four weeks or whenever youre changing your palette. For oil-based products, an oil-based cleanser is needed but it is completely worth it. A lot of makeup artists use soap instead which can often be cheaper and more accessible.

4. Keep your Lipsticks in check

When working with a client, use a spatula to place lipstick or gloss on a palette and apply with a lip brush. If you need to apply directly from the bullet, pour some rubbing alcohol or vodka into a small dish and submerge your exposed lipstick into the solution for at least 30-seconds. Afterwards you can allow it to air dry, or gently wipe dry with a clean tissue.

5. Sanitize your Powders

Loose powder is exempt from this rule as it cannot be sanitized unless pressed. Eye shadows, bronzer, blush, and other pressed powders will thank you after a good sanitizing.

6.  Storing makeup in a cool, dry place

Makeup shouldnt be left in the sun or exposed to light as it ruins the quality and alters the colour. Heat can increase the chance of bacteria being left on products, especially ones such as lipstick and mascara. It is also beneficial to store brushes in a way that they dont touch one another, so a jar with the brushes facing upright or a pouch with individual pockets are recommended.

7. Clean your Makeup Bag

The makeup bag can be a sneaky host to all sorts of germs and bacteria. Germs especially, love a warm dark environment, making your makeup bag the perfect home for the microscopic bugs to set up camp. Keeping it fresh & clean can be as simple as a weekly wipe down with a sanitizing wipe.

Applying these rules to your makeup routine ensures that products remain safe to use and prevent any infections from spreading. Most importantly, it keeps skin looking good and prevents any breakouts from occurring.