Time to DEEP Clean Your Kit or Vanity
At least twice a month, or at least once a month, you should remove all products from your vanity and give it a good DEEP cleaning. The best and quickest way to do this is with antibacterial wipes.
For makeup artists cleaning kits/bags will depend largely on the material it’s made of. If it’s a cloth or cloth-like material, washing the bag all over, inside and out, is an option with a gentle dish-washing detergent.
If your bag is made of plastic or a plastic-like material, wiping it down with antibacterial wipes is the way to go. To remove stubborn makeup, we recommend using waterproof make up remover applied with a cotton pad or soft cloth. It will help dissolve stuck-on foundation and long-wearing formulas. It’s important to note that this can cause color changes to material when applied so be careful.
To make sure your bag is disinfected, follow up with an alcohol-based cleansing wipe or spray-on disinfectant, and make sure it’s completely dry before you pack back up.
Go over all your make up containers and give them a wipe with an antibacterial cloth cloth. For your eye shadows and blush pans we recommend using Cinema Secrets, simply give them a spray and you’re good to go. If you are a makeup artist you should be cleaning your brushes after every client every time with Cinema Secrets! NO EXCEPTIONS!! Then at least once or twice a month give all your brushes be deep clean with London brush company soap for best results. Follow this link on how to clean your brushes to keep them lasting long. If it’s your personal vanity we suggest giving your brushes a deep clean with London brush company soap once a month. Keeping your brushes clean can prevent breakouts and clearer skin especially if you’ve been sick.
It’s important to take stock of your make up while cleaning your kit/vanity. Makeup does expire and go rancid. We discover this all the time going through student kits they bring to the office. Also, examine how your products look and smell. If there’s a noticeable change in the texture, color, or if it begins to smell a bit “off,” it’s time to toss it! It’s better to be safe then to make yourself or a client sick.
Mascara and eyeliner (all types) – 3 to 6 months,
Cream, liquid, or stick foundations and concealers, cream blushes – 6 months to 1 year.
Powder-based products (e.g., blush, bronzer, highlighter, eyeshadow) – 2 to 3 years.
Lipstick, lip gloss, and lip pencils – 2 to 3 years