How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes And Products

Hi everyone! It’s Colleen here with another essential makeup tutorial. Today is all about how to clean and sanitize your makeup brushes, compacts, palettes and more. I know. Not the most glamorous of topics but very important nonetheless.

Makeup brushes and products come in close contact with some of the most sensitive parts of our bodies (i.e. skin, eyes and lips), so they need to be kept clean and free of harmful bacteria that can cause nasty infections and breakouts.

Read on for details on how to keep your makeup tools and products clean and germ-free. If you’re more of a visual learner, I’ve included my video tutorial at the end of the post so you can see the steps in action.

How Often To Clean Brushes & Sponges

If used regularly on yourself, makeup brushes and sponges should be cleaned with soap and warm water once a week. If used on someone else, they need to be cleaned immediately after each use.

How Often To Sanitize Makeup

Products like powder compacts, eyeshadow palettes, sharpen-able eye and lip pencils and lipstick bullets should be sanitized once a month. If used on someone else, they should be sanitized immediately after each use. I recommend always applying lip products with a clean lip brush, whether it’s on yourself or someone else. The mouth is just too much of a bacteria haven to risk it.

False lashes should be cleaned after every use and I don’t recommend sharing them.

Makeup Products NOT To Clean

As a general rule, you should not attempt to clean makeup products that come with an applicator in a tube. This includes mascaras, liquid eyeliners and liquid lip colors and glosses. You may just end up reintroducing more bacteria into the tube and/or ruining the formula. With these products, I recommend using a clean brush to apply whenever possible and tossing them out once they’ve expired.

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How To Clean Brushes & Sponges

Makeup brush soap
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This brush cleaning soap deep cleans brushes and sponges really well and comes with its own mini silicone scrubbing mat. 1. Clean and disinfect your sink or work area beforehand. BUY ON AMAZON

2. Wet brush bristles with warm water.

3. Rub brush bristles on the soap’s surface to adequately coat them.

4. Swirl brush bristles on a silicone mat to remove built up gunk.

5. Rinse bristles under warm running water.

6. Blot out excess water and lay down to dry for 24 to 48 hours.

Note: For blending sponges, use your fingers instead of the silicone mat as it may cause the sponge to tear.

How To Sanitize Makeup Products

Makeup sanitizer

70% Isopropyl Alcohol is a great sanitizing agent because it kills most bacteria, fungi and viruses that grow on the surfaces of your makeup products.

Powder Bronzers, Blushes, and Highlighter Compacts & Eyeshadow Palettes and Singles:

1. Wipe off top layer of makeup with a clean dry paper towel.

2. Spray entire surface of makeup with 70% Isopropyl Alcohol.

3. Allow to air dry for 1 minute before storing away.

Eye and lip pencils:

1. Spray tip with alcohol and allow to dry.

2. Sharpen and spray again.

3. Let air dry before storing away.

How To Clean False Eyelashes

This micellar water gently and effectively gets the old mascara gunk out of false lashes. BUY ON AMAZON

1. In a small bowl, mix warm water and some micellar cleansing water.

2. Soak lashes in the solution for 30 minutes.

3. Shake off excess solution and allow to air dry overnight.

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