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Easy ways to clean your makeup tools and accessories

Easy ways to clean your makeup suppliesWe know that cleaning makeup brushes is much less of an excitement than making ourselves all prettied up but it is an essential task that should not be neglected. You should actually add this to your beauty routine – just imagine all the dirt, dead skin, oils and bacteria that are accumulating on the bristles. If you keep using them in this condition it may result in skin irritation, clogged pores and horrifying breakouts. However, not only the brushes get dirty – other tools like tweezers and eyelash curlers should be cleaned, too. Don’t forget that you have invested a decent amount of money in these beauty supplies so you should take care of them properly. Fortunately, to clean your makeup brushes is easy – read on and check these easy ways to do this task efficiently.


  • You won’t be surprised by the fact that white distilled vinegar can clean your brushes. It seems that it is your best assistant in almost every
    domestic cleaning chore you face on daily basis. You will need water, vinegar and a bowl – put one part vinegar to two parts water into the bowl and swirl the head of your brush in this mixture for about a minute. Rinse with lukewarm water afterwards. Lay your brushes on a paper towel or a clean washcloth and let them air dry.
  • makeup-brushesYour second option is to use baby shampoo. Run your brush bristles under warm water and keep them pointing downwards – make sure you avoid the area where they meet the head so you don’t loosen the glue which holds them. Put little baby shampoo on the palm of your hand and swirl the brush in it until a thick lather is created. After a minute rinse the brush again under lukewarm water – all the dirt and oils that were trapped in the bristles will come off.  Now you should squeeze the excess water – pull it in between the side of your index finger and your thumb. Lay the makeup brushes flat to dry overnight.
  • If you are dealing with solid dirt and makeup buildups you should use olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil will soften the bristles and it will help to loosen more grimes. If you are using your makeup tools often this method is recommended. Take a paper towel and put some drops directly on it – scrub the brushes gently and repeat the method above using baby shampoo.
  • Advice from a professional makeup artist is to clean your brushes with organic soap. You can use a bar and rub your makeup brushes directly onto it. It is recommended to let them dry naturally. The professional said that he uses hand sanitiser for synthetic brushes so have that in mind too.
  • how_to_clean_makeup_brushes2(1)If you have a gentle facial cleanser you can clean your brushes with it as it will work as well as the baby shampoo. Put a small drop on your fingers, wet the brush slightly and swirl around your fingers for about a minute. Rinse it with lukewarm water and leave it to dry. Make sure the facial cleanser is not harsh or one prescribed by a doctor as they contain a lot of chemicals. They will damage the bristles and shorten the life of your beauty supplies. In order to maintain the neat condition of your freshly-cleaned brushes, try using wet wipes after each use or as frequent as possible. Swipe the brush back and forth over the wipe.
  • How to clean your makeup sponges? Run the sponge under lukewarm water. Apply few drops of mild soap or baby shampoo and rub it so the dirt comes off. Rinse again and wring it out. Allow the sponge to air dry. Try cleaning it once a week – this will keep the germs away and your sponge will be in good condition.
  • A simple homemade solution is to mix castile soap and about 10 drops of tea tree oil. Put them in an empty soap dispenser and stir them. Now you can easily control the amount of the product – you will usually need about a pea-sized drop to clean your makeup supplies.
  • Your metal tools should be well-kept, too. For eyelash curlers, tweezers and cuticle nippers use water and antibacterial soap – pat them dry with a clean towel. As they should be deeply sanitised, grab a cotton ball and soak it in alcohol. Wipe down your tools with it – bacteria won’t survive for long. Try sanitising these tools twice a month and keep them in a clean container.
  • Last but not least, your makeup bags and cases get very dirty and accumulate a lot of germs so deep clean them at least once a month. The easiest way is to use antibacterial wipes to clean the whole interior of your bag. If you consider that the material is appropriate for the washing machine, run it on regular cycle. If you want to degerm your bag completely put it in the freezer overnight so the bacteria will be destroyed by the extreme cold temperature.

It is important to clean your face every day but another big part of maintaining perfect skin is ensuring your makeup supplies are clean, too! Add this task to your chores and you will notice how your skin will look even better!

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March 24, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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