12/10/2015 04:35 EST | Updated 12/10/2015 04:59 EST

How To Keep Your Makeup Bag Germ-Free To Avoid Getting Sick

While the holidays do bring festive cheer, they also bring on stress and cold weather, which can ultimately result in you getting sick.

You may already be taking the appropriate measures to avoid catching the dreaded flu like washing your hands and wiping down your cell phone, but there's one area that you may have overlooked when it comes to sanitization: your makeup bag.

Yes, flu germs LOVE living on beauty products, as Monica Richards from ModaMob notes in the video above, so it's important to take the necessary precautions to keep them at bay.

First thing? Emptying out your makeup bag and cleaning it out, or better yet, swapping your canvas bag for a plastic one. As for lipsticks, scrape off the top layer using a butter knife, then dip the product into a small glass of alcohol to disinfect it. Then, place the uncovered tube in the freezer overnight, for a bacteria-free application in the morning.

Watch the video above to learn more ways to avoid the flu from your makeup!

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