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Ever thought about the bacteria that lives on your makeup?

Ever thought about the bacteria that lives on your makeup?

Sure, you’ve shuddered at what camps out on beauty-counter samples, but your personal cosmetics hosts colonies of ickies too — they commute regularly between skin and makeup via applicators and fingers.

“Good cosmetics hygiene can help prevent build-up of common bacteria that can lead to skin irritation, pink eye and even acne,” says pro artist Nancy Crossley. Crossley is the woman behind BeautySoClean, a collection of makeup sanitizers clinically proven to kill germs 100 per cent dead in as little as 10 seconds.

The star of the group is a Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist ($12) to spritz directly onto the surface of makeup, whether powder or cream. It disinfects as it dries, but doesn’t affect the product’s texture.

Individually packaged, pre-moistened Sanitizer Wipes ($12.50 per box of 48) are ideal for cleaning lipsticks, liners, lipgloss wands and mascara brushes. A Conditioning Brush Cleanser ($20) refreshes natural and synthetic bristles for more hygenic makeup application.

“The magic is in the emollients,” says Crossley. “Alcohol works in perfect harmony with conditioning ingredients to eliminate bacteria without altering the formula of the cosmetic.”

A hit with a number of influential Hollywood makeup artists, BeautySoClean is also the sanitizer of choice at cosmetics counters in The Bay stores across Canada. The Canadian line is available for purchase at The Bay, Murale and at www.BeautySoClean.com.

 
 
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