Stop Being Gross And Sanitize Your Makeup Tools

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How often do you clean your makeup tools? Ever heard of the saying prevention is better than cure? It’s an often cited saying because it’s true, and it goes the same for your face.

You may have a skincare regimen that’ll rival the most well-thought out Korean 30-step cleanse out there, but if you ignore other practices that still leave you wondering where that breakout came from despite your best efforts, then everything will be for nothing.

Among other common irritants, you might want to take a look at your makeup tools and think about the last time you washed it.

Just using it for powder, you counter? But along with that powder comes dust and bacteria honey.

I’ve been dabbing my brushes/ sponges in water, you reason again, but leaving it on your makeup counter or in a bag makes it susceptible to grow mold. And you’re repeatedly rubbing and brushing that gunk all over your face! Eeek!
While you might be tempted to just wipe your brushes and sponges down with a wet wipe as a blanket measure, you must take the time to deep clean everything at least once a week.

Andrew Sotomayor, New York city makeup artist and a favorite of fashion and lifestyle magazines all over the world says there are three main ways to deep clean your brushes: with a face cleanser, liquid soap, or a solid brush shampoo.

Gentle face cleansers keep your brushes soft to the touch when they dry, while liquid cleansers are excellent to get oily or liquid products (like foundation and concealer) off of brush hairs, while solid brush shampoos are convenient for travelling because all you have to do is swirl the brushes on it then wash.

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But before you get to washing, Sotomayor says there are pre-game steps to take depending on the type of brush.

“With foundation brushes or eyeliner, you may need to use waterproof eye makeup remover first to remove the makeup,” he said, while sponges generally just need a good lathering soap until the water runs clear every time you squeeze it out.

Take an even more proactive step in the sanitizing process by spraying the brushes and sponges with isopropyl alcohol.

“It’s something every makeup artist should be using between every use, and on your products at home, a quick spritz daily, once a week, or whenever you clean your brushes should do,” said Sotomayor.

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