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April 1, 2020

Top Tips To Sanitize Your Beauty Space

Woman spraying makup brush with disinfectant

Whether you’re a beauty professional with clients and a booth or someone who simply loves doing your makeup and hair in the bathroom, you must keep your beauty tools and space clean. Bacteria and germs can easily be transferred to makeup, brushes, combs and other beauty tools. This can cause skin breakouts or sickness to occur. Here are some disinfecting tips that Keune Academy by 124 practices in their daily education that anyone who uses beauty products can learn from!

Disinfecting Makeup and Makeup Applicators

Do you remember the last time that you took the time to wash your makeup brushes, bag, and disinfect all of your makeup? Many people are aware that they should be practicing this habit, but sometimes it’s hard to remember or find the time to do so. Now that you’re probably spending more time at home you might be wondering, what are some things that you should be cleaning and what’s the best way to do it?

Liquids, Powders, and Creams

It’s important to disinfect all of your makeup. You should do this on a regular basis. If you are a makeup artist, you will need to disinfect your makeup after every client if you are repeatedly moving your brush from makeup to face and then back to the makeup. Here are some ways to clean your different types of makeup:

  • Palettes and powder products can be cleaned using a spray bottle filled with 70% isopropyl rubbing alcohol and spritzing it over the makeup. Let it air dry before closing the container.
  • Liquid foundation can be kept clean by pouring onto disposable applicators. You should also disinfect the nozzle or cap with a cotton round and isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
  • Lipstick can be disinfected by spraying isopropyl alcohol on and then wiping down gently.
  • Mascara can be a tricky one to keep clean because the eye area is so delicate. Use disposable mascara wands, but remember to never double-dip!
  • Liquid creams in tubes or jars aren’t easily sanitized. The best way to keep them clean is to never dip your fingers into the container. You should always use sanitary applicators to avoid the spread of germs and bacteria to your skin and into your product.


woman with makeup

Makeup Brushes & Applicators

Makeup brushes are extremely important to clean because there are a lot of different kinds of bacteria that can live and grow there. You want to try and keep your brushes as clean as possible to prevent breakouts and also avoid sickness.

The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends that you clean your makeup brushes thoroughly every seven to 10 days. You can do this by using dish soap and lukewarm water to scrub and remove excess makeup. It’s good to disinfect your brushes after each use with a daily brush cleanser as well. If you’re a makeup artist who uses the same brushes on different clients, you’ll want to wash them in between each visit.

Don’t forget to wipe down your makeup bags as well! It won’t do you any good to clean your brushes and then stick them back into the dirty place they came from!

Disinfecting Manicuring Tools

If you use nail tools you should also know how to sanitize them. Everything should be cleaned from any powders, polish or debris and then disinfected to get rid of any germs or bacteria. This should include tables, arm cushions, finger bowls, towels, files/buffers, clippers, and everything else you can think of that will come in contact with your’s or someone else’s nails.

Disinfecting Hair Styling Tools

You might not think about cleaning your hair styling tools, but that is important as well! This will help not only get rid of germs but product buildup as well. Here’s how to clean your different hair tools!

  • Hairbrushes and combs can be cleaned from dust, hairspray, oils, and dead skin. You can do this by getting rid of all the hair in the bristles, soaking in a sink with warm water and cleansing shampoo, and taking a toothbrush and scrubbing to get rid of any leftover buildup.
  • Curling and flatirons can be cleaned with rubbing alcohol on a cotton round. Make sure that the appliance is unplugged and not hot before doing this. If there is still some residue, turn on the appliance until warm and then unplug and try to clean once again. Rinse off with a damp rag and air-dry afterward. You should also clean the vent on your hairdryer from lint and dust by removing the vent and rubbing with a toothbrush.
  • Hair accessories are some of the last things we remember to clean. Disinfect things like barrettes and clips with rubbing alcohol. For things like ponytails and scrunchies, put them in a sink with warm water and scrub gently with a cleansing shampoo and left in a sanitary place to dry.


Blond hair being hair dried

Disinfect Your Beauty Space

One of the most important things you can do to keep you and your clients safe from bacteria and illness-causing germs is to disinfect your workspace between each visit. This includes everything from chairs and counters to styling tools and beauty products. If you are simply doing your own hair, makeup, or nails at home you should always disinfect after getting ready as well. This will help keep your space clean and free of germs and bacteria.

Do You Want to Learn More About Health and Wellness in the Beauty Industry?

At Keune Academy by 124, we are hopeful and looking forward to the future even with uncertain times around us. We are committed to helping our students learn more about how to keep their guests and themselves safe. If you’re wondering how you can join the beauty industry and become a part of something bigger then get in touch with us today. We can answer your questions on how you can begin a journey into the world of beauty.

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