How To Sanitize Your Makeup Tools
Besides bacteria, brushes also accumulate dead skin cells and oil that can clog your pores and lead to dull skin or breakouts. Follow these basic steps to properly clean and sanitize your tools:
Deep Cleaning (Once a week)
We recommend that you do a deep clean of all your tools at least once a week.
Step 1 - Gather all your makeup tools and segregate them into separate piles. Brushes used for powder products in one bowl, brushes and sponges used with cream products in another.
Step 2 - First, let’s start with your brushes that you use with powder products. Run your fingers through the hairs and try to shake as much powder out of the brushes. Then rinse your brushes with cool tap water.
Important Note: Don't use warm or hot water because this can dry out the hairs, and loosen the glue of your brushes!
Step 3 - Use baby shampoo to wash your brushes. Squeeze about a peso sized amount on your palm and swirl the tip of each brush into the shampoo until no more product is visible.
Step 4 - Do not lay your brushes flat on a towel. If you have a brush drying tree, use it! Place your brushes bristles down and let gravity do its work. This will keep the water from pooling in the heel which can form bacteria and loosen up the glue. If you do not have a brush drying tree, dry your brushes with the bristles facing down, with the handles propped up on a rolled up towel. Store your freshly washed and dried tools in an acrylic holder to keep germs and dirt away from them!
Step 5 - Moving on to the brushes and sponges used with cream products. In a bowl, mix 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil, and 1 Tbsp of dish washing liquid. Anti-bacterial variant if you have one. Mix together and set aside. Rinse your brushes and sponges with water, and use your olive oil and dish washing liquid mixture to wash your tools. The dish washing liquid will remove the oil and dirt, while the olive oil will keep your tools from over drying which can cause the bristles and sponges to become brittle.
Step 6 - Repeat step 4 to dry.
Don’t forget to do this regularly! You are not just protecting yourself from breakouts and bacteria but you will care for your brushes and make them last longer.
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