For Crying Out Loud, Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Stop the excuses, it’s time to clean your makeup brushes and sponges, and disinfect your makeup on the regular.

We all love a flawless beat face, but we tend to ignore what lies beneath: the dirt, germs, and grime that piles up whenever we leave our beauty tools around and about until we have to use them.

If you regularly put on a full face, that’s even more disturbing, because even if you have a full 30 step makeup removal and skin care regimen, it’s not really doing anything for you if the tools you work with on the daily are building up bacteria.

So! We cannot stress enough: CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES, SPONGES, AND WHATEVER ELSE YOU PUT ON YOUR FACE.

First off, it’s not pleasing to the eye: admit it, we all love a Instagram/ Twitter humble brag about our current stash, but don’t be surprised to get roasted over the dirt that Internet sleuths spot on your tools.

Second, the bacteria, girl. If you keep wondering why a zit or other irritations keep popping up despite your carefully curated skin care products and rituals, you’d better take several steps back to find out what you’re doing wrong in your routine, and you might be surprised to learn it’s from your dirty beauty tools.

Lastly, disinfecting your makeup every now and then with good ol’ rubbing alcohol actually makes it last longer, and lessens the chances of your girl friends or children contracting any irritations or infections when they (inevitably) decide to get their hands in on your stash; although the general rule is that you should never share products that are applied wherever there is some bodily fluid or soft tissue exposed, e.g lipsticks because it’s used on the mouth (and we all know how much bacteria our saliva harbors!), and eyeliners , mascara, and eyelash curlers because it’s by the eye (girl, do you know how troublesome and painful pink eye can be?).

Ladies, it’s doable: set up a certain time on the weekends to give your tools a good washing and a rubdown, and once you get used to the routine, it’s even enjoyable. Happy cleaning!

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