There comes a time in every girl’s life when she has to clean her makeup collection, whether it’s because it’s getting old and worn out or just that time of the month.
In my opinion, one of the worst things about owning a ton of makeup is actually having to go through it all.
So I thought I would share some tips with you on how to efficiently clean your collection so that you don’t have to spend hours doing so.
How Do You Clean Makeup Collections?
Here are eight steps on how to clean makeup collections:
1. Separate products by type
Separate your makeup collection into different sections or drawers, depending on your preference.
You can separate them by type (blush, lip glosses, mascara, etc.) or color.
Separating your products this way makes it easier to clean them and keep them organized.
2. Remove the original packaging
Remove the original packaging from all of the items in your collection and store them in a separate container (a large plastic bin works well).
This will make it easier to clean each item individually without having to worry about accidentally getting something dirty from another product.
3. Wash brushes and sponges
Wash brushes and sponges with mild soap and warm water using a gentle scrubbing motion.
Rinse well with lukewarm water until all soap residue is gone from both sides of the brush head or sponge pad before allowing them to air dry fully for 24 hours before using again (or placing back into its original packaging).
4. Wash containers
Dip a cotton pad in alcohol and wipe down all surfaces of the containers.
If you want to be extra thorough, use rubbing alcohol or bleach on a cotton swab to clean around the edges of the container where dirt can get trapped and harden over time.
5. Clean applicators
Wipe down applicators (lip gloss wands, mascara wands, blush wands) with rubbing alcohol on a cotton swab, or wash them in warm soapy water.
Allow applicators to air dry fully before using again (or placing back into its original packaging).
6. Wash all other products
Wash all other products gently but thoroughly with mild soap and warm water using a gentle scrubbing motion, rinsing well with lukewarm water until all soap residue is gone before allowing them to air dry fully for 24 hours before using again (or placing back into its original packaging).
7. Deep clean eyeliner pencils, mascaras and lipsticks with rubbing alcohol
Deep clean eyeliner pencils, mascaras, and lipsticks with rubbing alcohol (optional).
If you’re using a liquid eyeliner like Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, you can dip an eyeliner brush into rubbing alcohol first before applying it to your lash line so you don’t get any buildup on the bristles of your brush.
8. Clean off any residue
Clean off any residue in containers by mixing 1:1 vinegar and water and letting it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing again with just water (make sure not to get any vinegar in your eyes!).
Vinegar helps break down oils and grime so it’s perfect for this step!
How you clean your makeup collection depends on why you’re cleaning them.
If you’re storing a large number of lipsticks, for example, it would be wise to invest in a wipe that is specifically made to clean off your makeup.
On the other hand, if you’re merely cleaning off one or two lipsticks (or some eyeshadow or blush), soap and water may suffice just fine.