So you have to get ready for a party, you need to be extremely well made up, with carefully penciled eyebrows, cat eyeliner applied with a steady hand, lip liner well above the lips for the plump look. But how meticulous are you when cleaning your tools? Or are you too lazy to even bother? Rather, you keep using the same makeup brushes for weeks and then whine when your skin breaks out? Well, it’s high time you stop being careless and start being heedful to your makeup tools. With constant use of the same brushes/sponge for days or weeks at end, the oil and grease from your skin can begin to build up in the brush bristles along with the dead skin cells and old makeup; what’s worse, brushes can even start harboring bacteria, and all of these are responsible for skin to break out in acne and/or get infected. So as you care for your skin to prevent blemishes and acne, your brushes and other tools need to be tended to too, much in the same way. Think of it this way, they’re as deserving of some TLC as your skin.
You need to establish a routine first and foremost; make it a habit, to clean your brushes either in the morning, but only after you’ve applied your makeup for the day, or at night, before you sleep, so that they are clean and dry by morning, in time for you to use them.
There are several ways of cleaning your makeup tools, most of which I am mentioning here, so follow as per convenience. Also, make sure you keep hand towels and cleaning solutions together and nearby so you don’t run around wasting time. And as for cleaning solutions, there are a number of items you can use, from a dove soap bar, face wash, dish-washing liquid to baby shampoo or olive oil; however I prefer to use a mild baby shampoo or face wash. The choice is up to you and your suitability.
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To clean your brushes:
Step 1: fold a hand towel in half; lengthwise, and again fold just the top 1/3rd of the towel, also lengthwise and place this on a table or on the counter top in the toilet. The towel is folded so, to give an uneven slanted surface of the towel. This was, you can lay the brushes with the handle on the higher end and the bristles on the lower end to prevent the water from wetting the place of attachment.
Step 2: depending on which cleaning solution you go for, clean your brushes like so, (making sure to not wet the attachment between head and handle or the glue wears off and the brush can come off as two pieces):
(a) If using the dove bar, wet the bristles, and then holding the bar in one hand, rub the brush to create a lather on the bar with the other hand. Rinse with room temperature water, not hot, not cold. And be sure to hold the handle higher than the head to prevent seepage of water on to the point of attachment.
(b) If using the face wash, take a drop (for smaller brushes) or two drops (for larger brushes) in the palm, wet the brush and rub on the face wash to create lather. Rinse thoroughly. Follow this way if using the baby shampoo.
(c) If using dish washing liquid, pour a drop onto a new sponge used specifically for makeup brushes, again, wet the brush, lather and rinse thoroughly.
(d) If using olive oil, pour a little olive oil in a bowl or cup, dip the brush in and rub the oil off by sweeping across the towel or tissue paper.
Step 3: lay the brushes on the towel, keeping the handle higher than the head. And let air dry overnight. Avoid the use of hair dryer as the heat can damage the bristles and melt the glue that holds together the head and handle.
Washing your brushes can be done once weekly or however often you can afford to, taking your schedule into consideration.
To clean your beauty blender:
Just like brushes, your beauty blender, too, can harbor bacteria and owing to its porous nature and big shape, it is necessary that you wash it after every use.
This can be done using any of the items mentioned above for the brushes, except the olive oil, as it will not effectively remove bacteria. However, just lather up and rinse fully and air dry while resting it on a towel.
To clean tweezers:
We often overlook the tweezers, but they do can become unhygienic over time and need a good disinfecting every once in a while. The best way to go about it is to wash it with soap, boil it and lay out to air dry.
So there you go, the easiest of ways to get those tools clean and keep acne at bay!