Let’s start with the positive things about lipstick. It’s easy to see why a lot of women use this makeup product. Not only does this type of cosmetic make their lips look fuller, plumper and more aesthetically pleasing, it also is a great way of protecting their skin. When you add lipstick, you can add a product that can moisturize and enhance your skin’s overall health.
It can be a nourishing covering for your skin that stays on for several hours on a typical day. Lipstick also comes in a wide assortment of colors. You can express your moods and different parts of your personality on an almost daily if not hourly basis. That’s just how many lipstick products are currently available on the market.
It’s hard to discount the benefits that lipstick brings to a woman’s life. You can enhance your overall beauty by using lipstick. You can use it to complement your eye, lash, brow makeup, cheek color, your bronzing and contouring products, your hairstyle, your clothing, your accessories, to create the image that you want to project to people around you. Some even do away with all the other makeup products and just go with a fantastic lipstick. To them, if your lips have color, you’re good to go.
However, there is a disadvantage to using lipstick that you need to be aware of. Since you are putting this oil or gel-based product on your lips, there’s always the chance that you may be introducing bacteria to the lipstick and your lips. The surface of the lipstick can harbor bacteria and dirt and the same is true for your lips. Every time you apply lipstick, you can be transferring bacteria from your lips’ surface to the tip of your lipstick. When you reapply lipstick at some point in the day, then you transfer the bacteria on the lipstick to your lips. It’s a vicious cycle that cannot be denied nor ignored.
You may be thinking to yourself, “If I end up doing that, I can just store away the lipstick and not have to worry about the bacteria”. They can die a natural death if I don’t use my makeup product for some time. The thing is you can’t be so sure depending on what material your lipstick is made of; those microbes can stick around for quite some time. There are certain types of viruses that can persist for months, if not years.
You don’t want to take a gamble every time you use your lipstick. Either you’re reintroducing bacteria to your face or you’re putting bacteria on the lipstick that may stay around until your future application. No matter how you look at it, it’s bad news. Thankfully there are simple steps you can take to sanitize ordinary lipstick. No matter how bad it looks, there is a workaround to it. You don’t have to stop using lipstick altogether because of this. We have established the many benefits we get from this makeup product and it doesn’t make sense to discard it when there is a way to make sure it’s always free of bacteria.
Solid lipstick is straightforward to sanitize but this guide is going to teach you how to do it for liquid type lipstick because this type is more prone to infestation. This category of lipstick products needs to be kept clean in a special way. If you want to keep using that wand to apply color to your lips repeatedly, keep in mind that every time you do that can be an infection opportunity.
The first thing to keep in mind is that you should stick to certain best practices when it comes to liquid lipsticks. This category of lipstick is different from other types because it is intended to be color heavy and intensive. In other words, a little bit goes a long way. So, when you use liquid lipstick, just put a few dots on your lips and then spread.
The proven method here is to put enough product so you don’t have to double-dip your wand into the container. This reduces the chance of the wand picking up bacteria from the surface of your skin and then storing it in your liquid lipstick container. For this to happen, make sure you get enough product with one dip into the container.
This takes some practice but once you nail it, you would know enough to just start with big enough amount and then spread it across your lips without having to double dip your wand. You don’t want your liquid lipstick tube to become a breeding ground for bacteria or a storage unit for viruses.
Be proactive when discarding lipstick
A lot of women can easily get attached to a product and they try to make it last longer than it normally would. You can’t be blamed for thinking this way, but if you use your liquid lipstick and you notice some sort of weird smell, either from the wand or the makeup liquid itself, pay closer attention.
Look at it thoroughly. Where’s the smell coming from? Is the product drying? Or is anything else off? If any of this applies, discard your lipstick. You can always buy another tube online. Ordering cosmetics online has never been more convenient.
Don’t put your health in jeopardy because you just want to stick to an old bottle that has dried up and has a weird smell. You might be putting on more than lipstick on your lips every time you use that product.
Wiping off excess lipstick
Another good practice that you should adopt is to look at any excess or spilled lipstick that ends up on the rim of the cosmetics tube. Use a tissue to wipe off this area and before you close the tube. You don’t want to create an area that would produce a gap where there will be extra air or moisture. If any of this happens then bacteria can enter your tube, or you might be giving the bacteria that’s already in the tube the air or moisture it needs to proliferate.
Take extra measures
From time to time, you might want to take extra measures like dipping the entire tube of liquid lipstick into a little bit of rubbing alcohol and then wiping it down with a disinfecting cloth like a baby wipe. Whatever the case may be, if you can get rid of any debris on the exterior and it dries quickly, you wouldn’t have any problems later on.
The bottom line
Liquid lipstick is amazing. It has helped a lot of women look good throughout the years, but you don’t want to turn it into a health hazard. Pay close attention to the best practices described above. So, you can prevent any kind of bacterial growth in your liquid lipstick container.