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How to clean makeup brushes and makeup sponges

 

 

It has happened to us all makeup lovers out there. Some of us keep our makeup tools either in a container on the dresser or on our makeup table laying in the open air. As the days and weeks go by the brushes slowly turn from white to the color of your makeup foundation or blush. The foundation sponge, as well, loses its original color and starts changing color to the foundation shade or even starts showing black spots.

Well, all these signs mean it is time to clean and sanitize your makeup tools. The sooner the better.

What are the risks of using dirty makeup brushes or sponge?

When you are using an unclean brush or sponge you are exposing your skin to dirt, bacteria, dust, and many other menaces that are bad for your skin. This could cause breaking out, inflammation, and dryness of the facial skin.

 Oh, and remember the spots on the sponge I mentioned? Well, that is most likely mold.

You are putting mold on your face. Yuck!

This means the sponge needs to be thrown out immediately.

But don’t worry, there are ways to avoid these predicaments.

Where to keep my brushes

It is best to keep the brushes (those that are only used for dry makeup products) in a closed space such as a drawer. That way the brushes won’t be exposed to dust and will stay clean.

AmazonBasics Acrylic Makeup Organizer, 2-Piece Stackable

AmazonBasics Acrylic Makeup Organizer

Expandable Drawer Adjustable Makeup Organizer

Expandable Drawer Adjustable Makeup Organizer

Where to keep my makeup sponge

The above of course doesn’t apply to a makeup sponge or a foundation brush since we make these tools wet with water and foundation. These tools need to be left in the open air so they can dry and avoid become moldy. There are special sponge holders that allow the sponge to dry out from all angles.

Axe Sickle Sponge Blender Holder for Makeup Sponge

Axe Sickle Sponge Blender Holder for Makeup Sponge

Beauty Sponge Travel Case +1 Sponge Holder Stand

Beauty Sponge Travel Case +1 Sponge Holder Stand

How to clean my makeup brushes

I know that you are in a hurry in the mornings to get on to your daily business, so I don’t expect this to be done daily. However, I definitely recommend that you wash your brushes once a week or at least once every two weeks. Just as you wash your hair with shampoo, you must take care of the brush hairs and bristles.

I like to fill the sink or a bowl, with water and a bit of my favorite shampoo, and then dip the brushes. I give them a little whirl and immediately the residue is washed off. If they are very dirty, I also rub the brushes on a bar of soap and rinse them off.

Dove Beauty Bar

Dove Beauty Bar

There are even electrical cleaners that make the task easier.

Hizek Electric Makeup Brush Cleaner Spinner

Hizek Electric Makeup Brush Cleaner Spinner

Important brush maintenance tips

When you wash your brushes, try to keep the brush handle dry and out of the water, because the water can seep into the handle and ruin the wood and loosen the glue in the handle.

dry the bushes in an open airy place to avoid mold.

Makeup Brush Drying Rack

Makeup Brush Drying Rack

JackCubeDesign Bamboo Brush Makeup Cosmetic Air Drying Rack

JackCubeDesign Bamboo Brush Makeup Cosmetic Air Drying Rack

Make sure to press the brush hairs into their original shape so the brush will dry properly in its original shape.

Taking care of your sponge

Well, because this is a tool that gets constantly wet, it is important to wash it with liquid soap after each use.

BEAUTYBLENDER ORIGINAL PINK Makeup Sponge

BEAUTYBLENDER ORIGINAL PINK Makeup Sponge

BEAKEY 5 Pcs Makeup Sponge Set Blender Beauty

BEAKEY 5 Pcs Makeup Sponge Set Blender Beauty

Once you finish applicating your foundation just put the sponge under running tap water and rinse it for a few seconds with soap. Then put the sponge out to dry in an open airy space in the sponge holder. If after a certain period of time (usually within a few weeks if used daily) the sponge starts disintegrating or shows black spots, it’s time to throw it out.

Makeup cleaning products

To make  our lives easier there are great cleaning products out there that make the cleaning process much faster, such as:

Ecotools Makeup Brush Cleaner Cleansing Shampoo

Ecotools Makeup Brush Cleaner Cleansing Shampoo

CINEMA SECRETS Pro Cosmetics Professional Brush Cleaner

CINEMA SECRETS Pro Cosmetics Professional Brush Cleaner

BEAUTYBLENDER Liquid BLENDERCLEANSER for Cleaning Makeup Sponges

BEAUTYBLENDER Liquid BLENDERCLEANSER for Cleaning Makeup Sponges

Sanitizing and disinfecting makeup tools

for all you makeup artists out there, when you are on the go at work you obviously can’t start washing your brushes or purchase a few brush kits for use on each client, so the perfect solution is to quickly clean the brushes with disinfecting cleaning liquid (usually contains a certain amount of alcohol).

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Gel

SHANY Detox Professional Brush Cleanser

SHANY Detox Professional Brush Cleanser

While you are on location you spray this product on the brushes. This is not instead of cleaning them later at home but it is a good solution when you need a quick sanitizing between each client. I like to pour some of the solutions or even just plain 70% alcohol into a little sprayer container and that way I don’t need to carry around a heavy bottle.

Now your brushes and sponge are squeaky clean.

 

 

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