9 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Makeup

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Disinfect your lipstick

To clean your lipstick, twist it up and use a Q-tip to gently wipe off the top layer. Dip the lipstick into rubbing alcohol for about 30 seconds. Let it air dry before twisting it down and putting the cap on.

Clean your brushes

Fill a bowl with water and add a few drops of shampoo. Drop all your brushes into the water and let them sit for 10 minutes. Lay them out on a towel and let them thoroughly dry before putting them away. Another way of cleaning your brushes is to keep a spray bottle with a mixture of water and rubbing alcohol and spray the brushes after each use.

Clean powder makeup

Use a butter knife to scrape the top layer of the powder into the trash. Be sure to scrape gently or you will break up the powder. The shiny area on the top is created from touching your fingers to your skin and transferring oils to the product. Scraping away the top layer gives you fresh, clean powder.

Wipe down cream-based eyeshadows

Dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and twist it over your cream based makeup.

Toss old mascara

Mascara can’t be cleaned. It usually lasts from four to six months, so if you have been using the same mascara all winter, it's time for a new one. Mascara tends to clump when it is getting old.

Sharpen your pencils

The best way to keep pencils clean is to sharpen them before each use. If you use a retractable pencil, use the same method as cleaning lipstick - open and hold it in rubbing alcohol for 30 seconds and then let it dry.

Check your sunscreens

Sunscreen starts to lose its effectiveness after about a year. This includes sunscreens in moisturizers or foundations. That means that anything containing sunscreen that you bought last summer should be replaced.

Toss out-of-date makeup

You can extend the life of your makeup by making sure lids are tightly closed and by keeping it out of direct sunlight and heat. While there are no rules for expiration dates on makeup, most will last between six months to a year, but mascara typically lasts only four to six months.

Clean makeup cases

Take everything out of your makeup case and wipe it down with antibacterial wipes. Use caution when wiping down the outside of the bag as wipes can damage the finish. Instead wipe down with a dry or slightly damp cloth. Clean the lids to your blush, eyeshadow and cream products the same way, wiping with an antibacterial wipe.