Have you ever noticed how you’re suddenly getting spots on your face? Or maybe your makeup is just not going on as well as it should. These 2 things may have nothing to do with your skin or your makeup skills. It could be because your makeup brushes and beauty tools are dirty. And cleaning them is one of THE most important parts of your beauty routine. Here’s how to effectively clean them and how often you need do it.
Why Is It So Important To Clean My Makeup Brushes & Beauty Tools?
Hygiene is the number one reason. Bits of makeup, dirt, oil and bacteria can build up in your brushes and beauty tools over time. Especially if you’re using them to apply liquid products, such as foundation or concealer, which are even more sceptical to bacteria. And makeup sponges are one of the most regular places for this to occur.
Think about it. If you’re using your makeup brushes to apply products day after day and are not cleaning them regularly, there will be a build of product in them. And you’re putting that dirt on your face! Would you use a dirty rag on your face? No, you wouldn’t. So why would you use a dirty makeup brush or makeup sponge on your face? Using a dirty brush or beauty tool is going to leave your skin open to things such as spots and breakouts. In the worse case scenario, it can cause infections (think of your eyes here in particular).
Another reason is that you won’t get a good, even makeup application when you use dirty makeup brushes. Let’s use eye makeup brushes as an example. Maybe you use an eye makeup brush to apply a brown eyeshadow. Then the next day, you want to apply a purple eyeshadow. If you haven’t cleaned your makeup brushes, you’re not going to get the true colour payoff of that gorgeous purple eyeshadow. The brown and purple shades will just mix together and you’ll get a dirty, muddy looking colour on your eyes instead.
How Often Do I Need To Clean My Brushes & Beauty Tools?
This will depend on how often and how much you use your makeup brushes. But aim for an absolute minimum of once per month. However, it’s best to clean your makeup brushes and beauty tools twice per month. So once every 2 weeks. If you clean them once per week, you’ll definitely go to the top of the class!
Tips on how to stick to a schedule
Try to choose a particular day of the week and stick to it. So for example, I always like to choose a Sunday to clean my beauty tools. I set aside about 30 minutes to clean my brushes on a Sunday twice per month. That way, you’ll get into a habit of doing it and are less likely to forget. Maybe even set up a reminder on your phone or on your calendar so you won’t forget.
How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes
The following method can be used to effectively clean on makeup brushes and makeup sponges.
However, please remember that makeup sponges have a very short shelf life and should be thrown away after an absolute maximum of 2-3 months. No matter how much you clean them. If you’re not sure why this is so important make sure to read my guide to the shelf life of beauty products. Yes, makeup and beauty products have an expiry date too! And it’s also really important to know this so that you don’t leave your skin or eyes open to breakouts and infections. So I highly recommend you read this guide as I’ve included many makeup and beauty products that you have in your makeup bag right now that might need to be looked at asap!
Take a makeup brush and run it under some lukewarm water. Make sure to only get the bristles wet. Otherwise, you run the risk of loosening the glue that attaches the brush head to the brush handle.
Now place some baby shampoo into the palm of your hand. Begin swirling the wet brush into the shampoo. You’ll notice a lather building up and the makeup and dirt starting to loosen up a little.
Keep doing this until all the makeup has been removed and the brush is completely clean. You’ll know it’s clean because the water will start to run clear at this point.
Note: If it’s been a long time since you cleaned your makeup brushes, or if you’ve never cleaned them, it may take you a little longer to get them completely clean. This is because there’s a lot of build up of makeup and dirt in them. But don’t worry, you’ll only have to work hard to get them clean this time around. If you stick to a schedule of cleaning them once every 2 weeks, you’ll notice how much easier this process will be from here on in.
Once you’re happy your brushes are clean, rinse them under the tap until all the shampoo is completely gone. Then give them a little squeeze to get rid of any excess water.
Take a tissue and gently press it over the brush to remove any excess water. You can now also reshape your brushes at this point.
Next, take a towel and place it on a table or ledge. Place your brushes on the towel and allow them to fully dry. I prefer to do this overnight to give them a good amount of time to fully dry. Whatever time of day you choose to clean your makeup brushes, be sure to allow a minimum of 4-5 hours for them to fully dry.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE
This part is very important! Make sure to place your makeup brushes lying FLAT on the towel. Don’t leave them standing up. The reason is that you need to ensure the brush handle stays dry. In particular, the glue. This is the part where the brush head is glued to the handle. The water can loosen the glue over time. And if you place your makeup brushes standing up straight, the water will drip down onto the glue and loosen it. Which will cause your brush to break.
Make sure to also leave the brush heads hanging over the edge of the ledge or table rather than flat on the towel. That way, the bristles will dry properly and it will also help them to retain their original shape again more easily.
How To Clean Metal Beauty Tools
To clean any metal beauty tools, you’ll need to get some alcohol that has a 70% solution to it. If it’s any higher than 70%, you run the risk of the alcohol evaporating. And if it does, it won’t actually do anything at all. So 70% will sterilise just fine in this case. You can buy a bottle of 70% alcohol from any pharmacy. Let’s take a look now at some of the beauty tools you need to keep clean, in order to avoid infections and breakouts on your skin.
Yes, even these need to be cleaned regularly. In fact, anything that you use around your eye area is really important to keep clean. You absolutely don’t want to leave yourself open to any eye infections! And another reason why you really need to read the guide to makeup expiration dates as eye makeup that’s expired is a HUGE contributor to this! Yes mascara, we’re looking at you!
The very first thing you can do is look at the little rubber pad to see if it needs to be changed. If it’s cracked at all, or if you can’t remember the last time (or if you ever!) you changed it, then it’s time to throw away this pad and replace it with a new one. These little pads are very cheap (generally around Eur 1- Eur 2 for a pack of 3) and you’ll find them in drug stores and beauty departments.
The next thing you need to do is sterilise your eyelash curlers using 70% alcohol like I mentioned above. Put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton pad and then run the pad along the area where the eyelash curler makes contact with your eyes.
Again, another beauty tool that’s extremely important to keep clean. Make sure to clean them after every use. Use the same method to clean them that I mentioned above for cleaning eyelash curlers.
Don’t forget to give these a good clean too. After all, you use it sharpen pencils that you use around your eye and lip area. So all sorts of dirt and gunk can get lodged in here too. You can use a toothbrush and some boiling water to give your pencil sharpener a good clean. And once you’re done, run a little of your 70% alchohol over them too to ensure they’re sterlised.
How To Keep Brushes & Tools Clean On A Daily Basis
There’s no need to give your brushes a really intensive clean every single day. As I said, once every two weeks is just fine for this. However, you do want to keep them as clean as possible on a daily basis too so that dirt and bacteria don’t build up.
After you use your makeup brushes each day, take a tissue and swirl the makeup brush onto the tissue to remove all of the product. By doing this daily you’ll notice it’s not as hard to clean them when you do your intensive clean every other week.
This is especially good for eye makeup brushes. As I already mentioned, if you’re using different shades of eyeshadow from one day to the next, this will help to keep your brushes clean so that different eyeshadow shades don’t get mixed together, ensuring a true colour payoff and an even and smooth application.
Would you like to see a Tutorial?
If so, join me next Monday for a FREE tutorial. You can join me live over on my Facebook page where I’ll be showing you how I clean my makeup brushes using the steps I explained to you above. So make sure not to miss it by ensuring you’re following me on Facebook. And be sure that your notifications are on too so you’ll be able to see when I go live. Make sure to have your questions ready and I’d absolutely love to answer them for you.
Do you clean your makeup brushes and beauty tools on a regular basis? Did you even know that this was important to do? Let me know in the comments below along with any questions you have lovely. xo