Mostly your makeup bag looks spick-and-span, of course since we are so bothered about what goes in there. No crumbly foundation or decade-old lipsticks, that could be breeding ground for germs and bacteria. And, according to a survey, it has been found has found that only 34% women clean their makeup bags at least once a year. But have you thought about the fact that every time you pull out your lip-gloss or mascara, bacteria descend, ready to spread nasty infections such as sties, cold sores and the flu. Have you wondered why do you get infections in spite of taking all the necessary precautions, the reason might be lurking inside the pretty make-up bag. Powders, dyes and germs latch on to cloth or canvas surfaces, making them difficult to clean. A makeup bag made from plastic, on the other hand, can be easily cleaned with a wet cloth, thus switch to plastic or any other material that is easy to clean. Then start with dumping everything and cleaning the bag thoroughly (inside and out) using anti-bacterial wipes or baby shampoo. Allow it to dry completely before replacing the contents. Next, the most important tip, wash all makeup brushes, whether or not they seem dirty. Once a month (or after you’ve had any infection), gently swab all makeup surfaces – blush, compact powder or foundation, lipstick etc., with a sanitizer to de-germify. And the best way to keep your brow, eye and lip pencils sanitised is to sharpen them. This is also the perfect time to take stock of what you are actually use, so sort them out and store away the unused ones in a packet in a cool, dry place. Old cosmetics should be thrown out and replaced as needed. Recommended expiration dates vary between products, with liquid makeup getting older faster than powder. Mascara is especially important, as it comes in close contact with your eyes and can easily cause an infection. Even if this has been said enough number of times, there is no harm in repeating it yet again - DO NOT SHARE YOUR MAKEUP. EVER! This is not being selfish but merely cautious. Sharing lipsticks and mascara wands is the easiest way to spread germs. Also, do not double-task your tools. Lip brushes should only be used on the lips, and the same goes for eyes. This is not a place to mix-and-match. Remember there is a reason why there are separate ones for each task. The extra effort is well worth it to keep your skin, eyes, lips and you overall healthy.