Whether you can't recall the last time you've worn it, or it takes a dive out of your purse straight into a potted plant (or worse,) sometimes lipsticks need to be cleaned and disinfected. Rather than throwing out your oh so favorite (and almost discontinued? because that happens) shade, just a quick disinfecting can have it clean and ready to live vibrantly on your lips!
Here's the How To!
Step 1: Scrape Off Top Layer
Because the top layer can have residue such as air particles and lint, its best to scrape off that first thin layer. This can be done with a Q-tip, but I chose to slice it with a kitchen knife for a cleaner finish.
Step 2: Option 1: Dip in Alcohol
No surprise here, alcohol is great at killing germs and bacteria. Even off lipstick.
Dip your lipstick head (or entire applicator) into 70%+ rubbing alcohol, and let sit for 15 minutes.
Step 3: Option 2: Place in Freezer Overnight
Freezing temperatures can also kill germs and bacteria. So popping your lipstick in the freezer overnight will have it ready for use by morning.
Allow to return to room-temperature before application
Step 4: Allow to Air-Dry
Whether you dipped your lipstick in alcohol or placed in the freezer, let it air dry for about 20 minutes.
You're lipstick is now disinfected and ready for use! =*