New Year's Resolution: Setting Up the Perfect Makeup Sanitation Routine! - QC Makeup Academy

Sanitizing your makeup tools is an incredibly important aspect of your everyday job. Nothing will hurt your business faster than spreading unwanted germs around your clients! Cleaning and organizing isn’t always the most glamorous aspect of the job, but it doesn’t have to be a chore.

This New Year’s, make it your resolution of set up the perfect sanitizing routine for your makeup. Developing new habits for your makeup routine will go a long way for yourself and your clients!

Check out these few tips and tricks to add into your routine to make things easier for you!

Set reminders to clean your brushes and makeup tools

It’s important to clean your brushes after every use! Brushes touch your client’s skin and must be sanitized before they touch someone else’s. You want to make sure you are treating all your makeup tools as seriously as you treat your brushes. Cleaning your makeup tools after each and every client will save you a serious headache in the long run!

If you have a smart phone, there are many great apps that can help remind you to sanitize your makeup tools. You can review some of the apps here to help you decide which one is best for you! If you do not have a smart phone, there are still many ways you can help yourself remember.

Make a check list and follow it strictly, checking off each step of the process right down to the very end. Place all your sanitizing equipment in a very visible place so that you will not be able to leave your station without that visual to remind you. The more you do it, the more of a habit it will become! For some great brush cleaning tips check out News Health blog for more information.

Cleaning brushes makeup sanitation routine

Go through your makeup

This New Year’s make it a point to clean out your makeup collection. Old products no longer serve their purpose and are just taking up much needed space.

Get rid of old mascara. Experts say that mascara should be changed at least every 3 months! If you have any old mascaras lying around, it’s time to ditch them and replace them with something cleaner and more useful.

Also be sure to check your glosses, foundations, and powders! While these products typically have a longer life than mascara, it is always good to make sure they are still intact and clean for yourself and your clients. Makeup that has gone “bad” or is older than it should be can develop a strange smell. You should always give it a test just to make sure it’s not past its prime!

Check out this super helpful Makeup Expiry Dates Infographic to see when it’s time to toss an item!

Keep your pencils and liners sharp

Keeping your lip liners, eye liners, and eye brow pencils sharp will help keep them fresh and sanitary! Set reminders to check your makeup tools often and sharpen anything that seems dull or was recently used.

You also want to make sure you are always properly capping your tools. After every use, make it a habit to cap the tool properly and put it back in your makeup bag. This will help keep the inside of your bag clean, preventing pencils from spreading or picking up any unwanted bacteria!

Wipe off your products

Before using any eye shadows, powders, bronzers, or blushes, wipe them off with a tissue. Removing the top layer of the product will help get rid of any resting oils or bacteria. Wipe them gently so as not to waste the product and they’ll be ready to use! This shows your clients that you are taking their health seriously and it will stop any unwanted germs from getting on your own skin.

Get an agenda and plan a schedule

The easiest way to stay on top of your makeup sanitization routine is to schedule and plan your day to fit it in! Agendas are great tools to keep yourself on top of important tasks and duties that need to be completed during the day. Get yourself into the habit of writing what needs to be done for the next day at night before you go to sleep! Many people use apps on their phone or an actual agenda that is easy to carry around. Keeping yourself on a schedule will help establish a habitual routine.

Woman using online agenda for makeup sanitation routine

These are just a few tips and tricks for your 2016 makeup sanitation resolution, but the important thing is to always make cleaning your makeup products your first priority! Staying on top of this will eliminate any risk of spreading unwanted bacteria or germs. Setting reminders, getting an agenda, and getting rid of old and unwanted makeup is a great way to start.

We’d love to know! What’s your current makeup sanitation routine? Do you plan to make any changes in the New Year? Leave a comment below!

Author Ana Scholtes

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