Should you toss your lip gloss after a cold?

You lived through your cold, tossed out the old toothbrush, changed the sheets and disinfected the whole house. Should you tackle your makeup drawer too? As it turns out, you should toss a few things, depending on what type of illness you had. WebMD says you should always trash eye makeup if you are diagnosed with pinkeye.

What should go? Colds accompanied by plenty of mucus drainage present a problem. Contaminated makeup can make you sick, again.

  • Do the sniff test! According to the FDA, if makeup smells bad or looks off-color toss it out.
  • Throw away applicators like foundation sponges, disposable eyeshadow sticks, or powder puffs. (As a rule, you should be tossing those every few months anyway.)
  • If you use liquid foundation and your fingers, you should replace it.

What's safe to use?

  • I highly recommend pump foundations. Contact goes from the tube tip to the fingertip, but you never touch what's inside the bottle. That's safe!
  • Wipe off the tip of lipstick and cream stick blush with a paper towel, and you'll be good to go.
  • Sharpen your eyeliner to get rid of product that may have touched your eyes. I'd do the same with lip liner, too. As mentioned before, always throw away eye products if you have pinkeye.

Cleaning your makeup brushes

You've got to clean the brushes to avoid getting sick again. If your brushes are made from real animal hair (animals do get haircuts), then they are probably safe enough to run through the dishwasher with no detergent (or dishes). Space Coast Health Institute says that you shouldn't use harsh chemicals on brushes.

  • Soak them in a sink full of hot, soapy water.
  • Follow that up with a cold water rinse.
  • Blot the water from the brushes.
  • Stand them up to dry.