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How to clean your makeup tools at home?

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.

Method 1

  • 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.

Method 2

  • 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.

Additional tips

  • 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.
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Maintenance of makeup brush’s at home

One thing that seems to make up, but often gets overlooked in a makeup lover’s routine is cleaning the brushes that are used to apply makeup. When you cannot go a week without washing your hands, then why would you wait so long with your makeup brushes?

Cleaning your makeup brushes is one of the most important parts of your makeup routine and must be followed religiously, as regular cleaning ensures that your makeup looks great every time you put it on, and also prevents bacteria from building up on the brushes which will penetrate into your face.

Try to wash your brushes as often as you can. Depending upon the nature of makeup products certain brushes need to be cleaned more often than others. Brushes used for powders like eye shadows and loose or pressed powders should ideally be cleaned at least once a week and brushes used for creams, concealers and liquid foundations should be cleaned daily or after each use. These brushes in particular can build up a lot of bacteria very quickly due to the nature of the product and natural oil from your skin that settles into the bristles of the brush.

So what are you waiting for, here is a stepwise procedure for you to maintain hygiene in makeup brushes at home.

Step 1: Rinse bristles under warm water.2.-Rinse-your-brush

Step 2: Fill a bowl with water, adding a dollop or a spoonful of shampoo to the water. Now swirl the brush tips in the water.3.-Swril-the-brush

Step 3: Swirl the brush in your palm, working up lather. This friction will help get any hard-to-reach dirt. Now rinse the brush tip under running water until the shampoo is cleaned off.4.-cleaning-brushes

 

Step 4: Towel dry brushes with a cloth.5.-clean-makeup-brushes-final

Step 6: Dry the brushes downwards as drying the brushes standing upright will cause moisture to seep into the glue that holds the bristles and can lead the hairs to fall out. It will take at least a few hours for the brushes to dry, however, leave them to dry overnight for better results.6.homemade-cleansing-dryer

Here are a few makeup brush cleaners that can be made at home.

Cleansing solution:

  • Take 250ml of distilled water or bottled water. Pour it into a jug or pitcher.
  • Add 50ml of alcohol and 1/2 a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid soap into the same jug.
  • Now add 1/2 a tablespoon of mild shampoo or baby shampoo and 1 tablespoon conditioner into this jug and stir well using a chopstick or something similar to it.
  • Finally, pour the whole contents into a spray bottle and you’ve got a brush cleanser ready to use.

Quick cleanser:

  • Take 1 cup of hot water in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar into it.
  • Dip your brushes into this wonder solution, swirl and rinse off.

Dab, Scrub and Dip:

  • Dab the brush in olive oil and swipe with a towel.
  • Scrub the bristles of the brush with your fingers in a mixture of liquid soap and warm water.
  • Dip the brush in white vinegar a few times and wash well with hot water.

Cleanser using Tea tree oil:

  • Fill a bowl with warm water and add baby shampoo and 3/4 drops of tea tree oil.
  • Place the brushes inside the mix and rub gently with your forefinger and thumb or spread & twist across your palm for about 2 minutes or more.
  • Rinse until water is clear and shape them back into their original shape if disfiguration has occurred.
  • Finally, place them on a lint-less cloth and let them air dry.

Maintenance/Precautions

Since we have discussed a lot about cleaning the makeup brushes, let’s now proceed further and elaborate on how to maintain them in a good condition. Maintaining your makeup brushes properly helps to prolong the lifespan of them and gets your face makeup closer to perfection.

  • Do not boil the makeup brushes. Boiling your makeup brushes will not sterilize them, it will only ruin them, especially if the handles are made of rubber or plastic.
  • Always keep using make up brushes away from new ones during storage. The residue of dirt and bacteria could be transferred from one brush to the other making even your new brushes dirty. You can try and store them separately in different bags or glass jars.
  • Keep your make up brushes away from direct sunlight. The heat could damage them.
  • Segregate your make up. Keep the brushes used for liquid to make up away from those used for powdered make up.
  • Never blow dry your makeup brushes as they might get damaged permanently.
  • Always re-shape your brushes after you’ve washed them. Your brushes will dry in the shape they are left in after a wash, so remember to shape them into the shape you expect them to be in when you use them the next time.