Clean your makeup brushes
Makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, so you should clean them at least once a week. The best way to fully disinfect makeup brushes is to pour alcohol into a small bowl or cup (don’t add water), then dip the bristles into the liquid and swirl the brush around. You should also use a paper towel dipped in alcohol to wipe down the handles. Just don’t let your brushes sit in the alcohol for too long, as you don’t want to damage the glue that holds the bristles together. Here are gross things that happen when you don’t clean your makeup brushes.
Wash your hands before applying products from a pot
Think about it: All day long you come into contact with germ-ridden surfaces, so you don’t shouldn’t stick your fingers into a beauty pot and directly transfer those impurities. Before touching any products from a pot (like serums, primers, lotions, and concealers), it’s important that you thoroughly wash your hands with disinfecting soap. The last thing you want to do is deposit bacteria into a product, allow it to fester, then apply it to your face! Check out these everyday items that are dirtier than your toilet seat.
Make sure your makeup isn’t expired
Most people don’t think of makeup “going bad” the way food does, but every beauty product has a definitive makeup expiration date. Look for the PAO (Period After Opening) symbol on your makeup containers to see when they’re no longer safe to use. They should be marked with a number and the letter “m,” which stands for month (“8m” means you have eight months until it spoils). Mascara, for example, is only good for four to six months. Always pay attention to changes in your makeup’s smell, texture, and appearance, as it can even go bad before it officially expires!