Updated: Jan 5, 2021
Did you know that cleaning your makeup tools is important to help get rid of bacteria buildup?!
Here are some tips and tricks for removing residual makeup, dirt, and oils from your makeup tools.
If your tools are not properly cleaned it will carry bacteria that can cause serious damage to the skin.
Buildup of dirt and oils on your makeup tools can cause acne breakouts and serious forms of a rash like dermatitis. Also, the buildup that gathers on dirty makeup brushes/sponges/etc. causes them to deteriorate quicker, which will affect your makeup application.
To prevent bacteria buildup, you should soak your makeup tools at least once a week, especially your concealer and foundation brushes.
Any other tool can be washed once a month.
Did we mention that cleaning your tools helps keeping them around longer?
How to clean the brushes?
Here is a step-by-step routine for cleaning your brushes:
1-Squeeze a dollop of gentle shampoo into a glass/mug and fill with warm water.
2-Swirl your brushes in the water and gently massage the bristles to further remove the gunk.
3-Rinse with clean water and carefully squeeze the water out.
4-Lay flat to dry - The best method is to let them dry overnight.
If you need to clean your makeup tools right now, then look no further, dishwasher soap can get the job done! Dish soaps are engineered to remove tough oils and grease.
This works for your brushes and makeup sponges.
-Fill a small cup with warm water and add a few drops of dawn soap.
-Let your tools sit in the glass submerged for a few minutes.
Make sure each tool gets a thorough cleaning.
-Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm.
-Then finally, rinse with warm water and squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
You can let your brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter for it to dry in the correct shape.
*Do not dry vertically as the water will leak into the wand, which will cause the glue to loosen and the bristles can become loose and shed.*
How to clean your beauty blenders and makeup sponges:
-Wet your sponge.
-Squeeze your blending sponge under running water until completely soaked and it has fully expanded.
-Add the cleanser of your choice.
-Squirt your cleanser directly onto the sponge and begin massaging, pressing and pushing it into the palm of your wet hand.
-Squeeze the sponge underneath clean water until the water runs clear, then set it aside to dry.
If you're someone who wears makeup on a regular basis, you may want to consider cleaning your tools after each use.