Everyone has to clean their tools- not just makeup artists! At least once a week (especially if you have sensitive or easily irritated skin, frequent eye infections, or have acne). Your makeup tools will work better, look better, and just be overall more sanitary. Product buildup will stick brush bristles together, clog your pores, and will not allow your products to work at optimal efficiency. Here are a few ways to get the most of what you already own!
If you do not own a brush cleanser, shampoo will do. Squirt some into your hand, and use a swirling motion to rub the brush into the palm of your hand and you should see the product coming out. Rinse well, and lay flat to dry on a paper or regular towel- not standing up! Otherwise the water will run into the glue of the handle, unsticking the bristles.
If you do not own sponge cleaner, using a regular soap or shampoo will do. Saturate the sponge with water, and squirt soap or shampoo in your hand and rub the sponge in until it is producing a foam. Rinse well and make sure the soap is entirely gone, and lay flat to dry. ALWAYS point the head of the brush down and do not allow water to run into the handle.
DO NOT store wet sponges or brushes in your makeup bag! This will create the perfect environment for mold to grow. Make sure to dry COMPLETELY before storing in a closed container.
For very thick or stubborn products that cannot be removed with gentle cleansers, you can use a small amount of dish detergent - be warned that this may be rough on brush hairs, but will be excellent at removing sticky products from your tools (like lipstick or lip gloss).
Metal or Plastic Makeup Tools (eyelash curlers, lash guards, tweezers, etc)
Use rubbing alcohol to wipe off excess product, and THEN spray or pour a generous amount and leave wet so the alcohol can dry and kill bacteria. Do not wipe the alcohol off- alcohol works when it is left on as long as possible!
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