Makeup is a glorious thing, but we all know that it can get a little gross over time.
Most of the germs that end up in our makeup are harmless and ones that are found naturally on our skin.
But using the same products forever without cleaning them can allow bacteria, viruses, and fungi to grow that put you at risk for a whole host of health problems.
Obviously the lesson here is to clean your makeup. But…how? And does it really work?
“For most products, you can spray them with alcohol or use an alcohol wipe on the outermost layer — when it dries, it’ll be clean,” Whittier said.
That sounds easy enough, actually.
We decided to test our own makeup for bacteria to see just how gross it was — and if cleaning it actually made a difference.
All the makeup we tested came from BuzzFeed employees, and each product had these three things in common:
1) It was something they used every day as part of their makeup routine
2) It was at least three months old
3) It had never been sanitized or cleaned before
So we swabbed the (probably disgusting) makeup products.
The amount of bacteria that grew after only 48 hours was actually shocking.
Ready to clean your makeup yet? US TOO. So here’s an easy, DIY cleaning method you can use on any of your makeup brushes:
These methods were approved by both our germ expert and our makeup expert, BuzzFeed Senior Beauty Editor Augusta Falletta, to make sure they were both effective enough to kill the germs and gentle enough to not damage the makeup