How to Clean Lip Liner Sharpeners

by Sarah Vrba
Lip liner sharpeners can harbor bacteria and old makeup shards after a single use.

Lip liner sharpeners can harbor bacteria and old makeup shards after a single use.

Hygiene is an indispensable pillar of any beauty regimen. Bacteria in old makeup can mean serious health risks for your skin and eyes if beauty tools aren't given a thorough cleaning on a regular basis. Lip liner sharpeners are an effective way to clean up a dull lip liner and shave away an old layer of makeup on the pencil. The sharpener itself needs to be clean to work as effectively as possible, keeping your makeup safe and germ-free.

Dampen a cotton swab in some warm water. Apply a tiny dab of mild soap to the cotton swab.

Sweep the cotton swab around the inside of the lip liner sharpener to remove old makeup buildup. Be sure to wipe down the outside of the sharpening mechanism as well and any other areas with obvious makeup residue.

Rinse the sharpener thoroughly in some warm water to remove any soap or makeup residue. Reapply a soapy cotton swab if any stubborn lip liner smudges remain and rinse off the sharpener again.

Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol on a clean cotton pad. Wipe down the whole body of the lip liner sharpener with the rubbing alcohol to disinfect the tool and ensure a clean sharpener.

Allow the sharpener to dry completely on a clean paper towel before using to sharpen your lip liners the next time.

Items you will need

  • Cotton swabs
  • Mild soap
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton pads
  • Paper towel


  • Wash the sharpener after each use to ensure good hygiene.

About the Author

Sarah Vrba has been a writer and editor since 2006. She has contributed to "Seed," "AND Magazine," Care2 Causes and "202 Magazine," among other outlets, focusing on fashion, pop culture, style and identity. Vrba holds an M.A. in history with an emphasis on gender and fashion in the 19th century.

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