How To Sanitize Your Makeup Tools

When was the last time you cleaned your brushes and sponges?

  • Apr 15, 2020
  • Words by Beauty Bar
Using dirty brushes on your face can lead to breakouts as dirt and bacteria can build up on your tools. Cleaning your brushes might sound tedious and inconvenient, but it is a habit that one should practice regularly to keep germs away.


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.


How to clean your makeup tools - segregate your tools
 

 

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!

 

How to clean your makeup tools - rinse with cool water

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.


How to clean your makeup tools - use baby shampoo

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!

  
How to clean your makeup tools - dry your brushes

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.

How to clean your makeup tools - use olive oil and dishwashing liquid

 

Step 6 - Repeat step 4 to dry. 

How to clean your makeup tools - dry your brushes

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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