This Is The Right Way To Cleanse Your Make-Up Tools

Confession time: How often do you clean your make-up tools? Specifically, your brushes and sponges? Most people don’t wash theirs as often as they should, which, according to dermatologists and make-up artists, is at least every two weeks. More frequently is actually encouraged. 


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There are several reasons why keeping them clean (and making this a habit) is important.

    1. By not removing old product build-up from your tools, you run the risk of old colours being transferred onto and ruining your new look. 
    2. The combination of product build-up and dead skin cells on your tools makes them a hotbed of bacteria, which can make you break out
    3. Allowing your tools to sit covered in gunk can damage them, making the brush hairs fall out and sponge latex degrade more quickly.

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Convinced and want to give your applicating tools a much-needed bath? Here’s how to do it.

Step #1: Cleanse

A small amount of mild baby soap or an actual brush and sponge cleanser should be worked into a lather with the tools and some warm water. If yours are caked in products that contain oils and silicone, you might need a mild dishwashing detergent to remove the build-up thoroughly.

Benefit Multitasking Cheek Brush
Benefit Multitasking Cheek Brush
beautyblender Bubble Makeup Sponge
beautyblender Bubble Makeup Sponge
Lottie London Multi-use Face Brush
Lottie London Multi-use Face Brush

Step #2: Rinse

The LAST thing you want to do is accidentally leave any product or soap (or both!) on your tools, so you must rinse them thoroughly after cleansing. This should be done in lukewarm water. Squeeze your sponges and brushes gently under the water until it runs clear and is free of suds.

Inglot Brush Cleanser
Inglot Brush Cleanser
Bobbi Brown Brush Cleanser
Bobbi Brown Brush Cleanser
BlackUp Brush Cleaner
BlackUp Brush Cleaner

Step #3: Dry

You want to ensure that your tools are dry before you store them to prevent them from becoming mouldy – gross! You can do this in a couple of ways: You can place them flat on a towel to absorb excess moisture or in a jar or holder with the bristles facing upward in the sunlight.

beautyblender blendercleanser Liquid Sponge & Brush Cleanser
beautyblender blendercleanser Liquid Sponge & Brush Cleanser
beautyblender blenderdefender Protective Case
beautyblender blenderdefender Protective Case
beautyblender blendercleanser Solid Sponge & Brush Cleanser
beautyblender blendercleanser Solid Sponge & Brush Cleanser

‘Fess up: How often do YOU clean your beauty tools? Let us know in the comments below!

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