How often do you clean your makeup brushes? Although this tends to be the one thing we overlook most of the time, it is one of the most important things we should be doing! Makeup tools are an investment and we should make sure to get all we can from them. Makeup tools can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Think of how much bacteria is on your face daily. Bacteria and natural oils transmit onto your tools every time they come in contact with your skin, hair, hands and legs. And if you are using them for clients, you may be picking up germs and transferring them onto other people including you.
Here’s how you can go about deep cleaning your makeup tools at the end of the week as it doesn’t take much time.
Cleaning your makeup brushes
- Gather all of your brushes together near a sink. Rinse the bristles, always with water streaming down to avoid running water directly into the base of the brush, which can weaken the glue and shorten the lifespan of your brush.
- Work a small amount of gentle shampoo or baby shampoo in the palm of your hand. Take one brush at a time, and gently rub them into the bristles, lather, rinse, and repeat until the water runs clear.
- Now that your brushes are clean, it’s time to disinfect. Mix a solution of 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar in a shallow bowl. Swoosh the brush around in the bowl for a minute or two (again, trying not to submerge it fully). Rinse with fresh water.
- Squeeze the excess water from the brush hairs and lay them on a clean, dry towel.
- Take each brush and gently wipe it back and forth on the towel to get as much water out as possible.
- Reshape the bristles and lay clean brushes, flat on a towel overnight to dry.
- Clean your brushes every other week to keep the germs away from your makeup and off your skin.
Cleaning your makeup sponge
Makeup blending sponges should be cleaned after every use. This will ensure that bacteria do not grow inside the sponge, which can cause breakouts. There are many different methods to clean the blending sponges, such as soaps, shampoos, or cleansers.
- Run the sponge under warm water.
- Using a few drops of mild soap or gentle shampoo remove any product out of the sponge with your fingers.
- Rinse the sponge until the water runs clear.
- Squeeze it out and pat dry with a clean towel. Allow the sponge to air dry, or if you prefer to use it damp, go ahead and put it to work.
- Squeeze out any excess water and makeup residue.
- Apply a tiny amount of olive oil onto the sponge.
- Apply a small amount of soap onto the sponge.
- Start to massage the sponge under running water. If your mixture is not coming to lather, add an additional small amount of soap.
- Massage sponge until water runs clear.
- Squeeze out any excess water.
- Let sponge air dry in an open space.
- Makeup sponges should be cleaned after every few uses or once there is no longer a clean, unused section. Rinsing the sponge with warm water after each use will also help keep the germs away and your sponge in good condition.
- Do not seal the sponge in any bag or container to prevent the growth of mold and mildew.
Cleaning your hair brushes
Your hair brushes and combs are the things that you cannot afford to keep unclean for long as they might be the annoying reason behind issues like dandruff and hair fall. It may not seem like a big deal, but hair brushes are total traps! Dust, conditioner, oil, germs, even dust mites can be in your dirty hair brush, which is disgusting.
- Remove as much hair from the bristles as you can. Using a comb or toothpick can help you grab what your fingers may miss.
- Fill a bowl with water and add a few drops of clarifying shampoo. If your brush is plastic, soak it for three to five minutes. If your brush has a fabric head, do not soak it, but dip the bristles in the water a few times.
- To get those bristles good as new, take an unused toothbrush, wet it with the soapy water, and give it a good scrub. Rinse with fresh water.
- Lay the brush bristle-side down on a towel to allow water to drain out of the base. Leave it to dry overnight.
- Give your brush a bath once a month to prevent product buildup and comprising the quality of your lovely locks.
Cleaning your metal tools
This refers to number of makeup essentials, including eyebrow trimmer, cuticle nippers, eyelash curlers, as well as nail clippers.
- For metal tools like tweezers, eyelash curlers, eyebrow trimmers, cuticle nippers, and nail clippers, wash them down using water and antibacterial soap. Pat dry with a clean towel.
- Thoroughly wipe down the tool with an alcohol-soaked cotton ball. Allow it to dry for a few moments. If the tool comes in contact with your face, rinse it with water (no need to rinse your nail tools). Pat dry with a clean towel.
- Ideally, these types of beauty tools should at least be washed with soap and water after each use, if not sanitized as well. Aim to give them the full treatment every two weeks. Store your tools in a clean container to safeguard your hard work.
- Make sure you clean your powder puffs at regular intervals. Powder puffs are a major space for different types of bacteria to grow and stay on your makeup, so try cleaning them at least once a week.
- Buy cosmetic bag. They will keep dust away and help you organize your makeup essentials.