I assumed that you are not a big fan of cleaning makeup brushes and more sympathetic, I cannot be, as I have to admit that I postpone the procedure as much as possible. The problem is that if you don’t do it at least once each month, you will eventually have to replace your makeup much sooner. This means that a lot of money needs to be spent on new products, even though the old ones could be used a bit longer.
Depending on how much money you spend on makeup, these unnecessary expenses will mount and in the end you will wonder where did all your money go. In addition to the financial downside, not cleaning your makeup brushes regularly exposes you to potentially harmful bacteria which are known to cause a plethora of side effects.
Only when you suffer from skin irritations, acne and eye infections you realize how annoying these conditions are and regret the fact that you were too lazy to clean up the brushes.
How to Clean a Makeup Sponge
- Wet. Run the sponge under warm water.
- Lather. Using a few drops of mild soap or gentle shampoo work any product out of the sponge with your fingers.
- Rinse. Rinse the sponge until the water runs clear.
- Dry. Wring 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.
- Repeat. 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.
How to: Clean Your Makeup Brushes
- Rinse. Rinse the bristles, always with water streaming down–you want to avoid running water directly into the base of the brush, which can weaken the glue and shorten the lifespan of your brush.
- Cleanse. Work a small amount of gentle shampoo (we prefer to use baby shampoo) into the bristles. Lather, rinse, and repeat until the water runs clear.
- Disinfect. 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.
- Dry. Reshape the bristles and lay clean brushes flat on a towel overnight to dry.
- Repeat. Clean your brushes every other week to keep the germs away from your makeup and off your skin.
How to: Clean Your Hairbrush
- Prep. Remove as much hair from the bristles as you can. Using a comb or toothpick can help you grab what your fingers may miss.
- Soak. 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.
- Scrub. 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.
- Dry. Lay the brush bristle-side down on a towel to allow water to drain out of the base. Leave it to dry overnight.
- Repeat. Give your brush a bath once a month to prevent product buildup from comprising the quality of your lovely locks.
How to: Clean Your Metal Tools
- Wash. 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.
- Sanitize. 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.
- Repeat. 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.
When was the last time you cleaned your makeup tools (be honest!)?