What's In My Kit: Disinfecting Agents

So I know this may sound nerdy, but I'm super excited about sharing this helpful information relating to Infection Control. I will be discussing the importance of proper sanitation as well as share the products that I use to keep my brushes, tools and products up to EPA standards of Infection Control.




A Short Preface:


Why are Infection Control procedures important?


Because improper infection control can lead to a client contracting MANY types of bacteria that can cause infections. Including, but not limited to:


  • Staph Infections

  • E-Coli Infections

  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)






Many clients assume that their Makeup Artist understands and complies with proper infection control procedures.


You may be SHOCKED to learned just how many Makeup Artists DO NOT.


In this day and age of 'I learned on YouTube how to do makeup' , many self-taught artists were NEVER taught how to keep their brushes, tools, or products in sanitary conditions.



Even if a makeup artist states to have a Makeup Artist Certification:


There is no guarantee that the certification course they took covered proper infection control procedures.


The reason being is, ANYONE can create a Makeup Artistry Certification course. The state of Pennsylvania does not regulate certification programs given outside of Licensed Cosmetology or Esthetician schools.


That means that no one is regulating whether or not the information being taught in that Certification course is up to date with EPA requirements for proper infection control protocol.

What I am NOT saying is:


That every self-taught makeup artist is not aware of how to keep their kit and products clean. Nor am I suggesting that every Licensed Cosmetologist or Esthetician upholds the standards of infection control that they were taught.


What I AM saying is:


Make an INFORMED decision. Ask your artist about their infection control procedures. Ask if they use disposable applicators. Ask if the brush cleaner they use is antimicrobial, meaning that it prevents the spread of bacteria, fungi and some viruses. Trust me, if they are a professional, and understand the importance of implementing proper infection control, they should have NO gripes about you asking these types of questions.

Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner:


What it is:


A professional-grade liquid makeup brush cleaner that is quick drying, rinse free and 99.99 percent antimicrobial disinfectant.

Why I Love it:


  • Quick drying

  • Cleans ANY makeup off the brushes quickly

  • Doesn't leave any residue

  • It smells SO fresh and clean




What Do I Use It For? :


To clean the bristles of my synthetic and natural hair brushes.





70 % Isopropyl alcohol:


What it is:


A liquid product that upholds EPA requirements for keeping my items bacteria-free.


Why I Love it:


It is fast-acting and offers a very economical price point for general wipe down and large-surface disinfection.

What Do I Use It For?


To wipe down the handles of my brushes and any surfaces in which I am going to be placing my products or tools.




Clippercide Spray:


What it is:


A hospital-grade tuberculocidal spray.


Why I Love it:


Because it kills EVERYTHING, which gives me the peace of mind knowing that even if I did makeup on a client with a communicable disease, I will not be spreading that to my kit OR any clients I use those tools/products on.

What Do I Use It For?


Al of my metal tools, ie: eyelash curler, tweezers, foundation palette, spatulas and shears. I also spray any product or tool that came in direct contact with bodily fluids such as the waterlines of the eyes or of the mouth. Such as eye liners, lip liners, lip brushes, eyeliner brushes.




Dial Antibacterial Soap:


What it is:


A clean rinsing, non-drying antibacterial soap. You can buy the bar or liquid version of this product.


Why I Love it:


It allows me to inexpensively deep clean my brushes and sponges when used in conjunction with the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner.


What Do I Use It For?


To deep clean the bristles of my brushes as well as my beauty blenders. I do this as a first step to remove all of the current product on the brushes/sponges. Once all product has been removed, and the tools have dried, I follow up with the anti-microbial spray or tuberculocidal spray if needed.


Click Here to view a tutorial from YouTube Makeup Artist Kiki Adams on how to use Dial antibacterial soap to clean your brushes.



Doggy Bags:


What They are:


Small, plastic bags, normally used for picking up dog poop lol


Why I Love Using Them:


Because they are easy to find and can be VERY inexpensive to purchase.


What Do I Use Them For?


I generally use them for 2 purposes .


  1. I use one for my used disposable applicators (lip wands, mascara wands, q-tips, tissues/cotton rounds).

  2. I use the second one for my soiled beauty blenders.

I hope you guys feel like you learned something helpful!


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