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How to Clean Makeup Brushes & Beauty Kits

Since the pandemic, frequent and thorough hand washing has become the norm, but now it’s time to pay attention to cleaning the cosmetics and beauty tools we use every day.

May 25 · 2 min read

Now, we all know that the brushes, blenders and cosmetics we use on a daily basis should be cleaned regularly. But how often do we really do it? Cleaning makeup brushes and other tools from our beauty kit is essential, especially as they come into contact with our faces over and over. So, here’s our guide on how to clean makeup sponges, brushes and more!

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How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Daily grime from dirty makeup brushes can cause irritation and breakouts. If you can no longer tell the true colour of your brushes’ bristles it’s definitely time to give them a good wash.

Fortunately, cleaning makeup brushes is as easy as washing your hands. Simply use antibacterial soap and water! Soak your brushes in warm water and soap first, then brush them across an old towel to remove build up. Leave out until dry, and voila!

How to Clean Makeup Sponges

Like with brushes, using makeup sponges over and over again without cleaning them can cause skin problems. But cleaning makeup sponges is easy and quick! Simply soak the sponges or beauty blenders in warm water and soap and squeeze and repeat until the sponge is back to its original shade. Leave the sponges to dry and your job is done!

Using Makeup Sanitising Spray on Palettes and Pencils

You can sanitise your makeup palettes and pencils by using rubbing alcohol. Simply decant some into a spray bottle and use it as a makeup sanitising spray that you can spritz over your eyeshadows and highlighter compacts. Just wait until they are dry before using them. Eyeliner and eyebrow pencils can be cleaned in the same way, using a spray of rubbing alcohol on a clean tissue.

Check for Cosmetic Expiration Dates

Cleaning your makeup kits and tools is great, but you should also ensure that the products you’re using haven’t expired . Most cosmetics have best before dates after opening and although these will vary depending on climate and how you store your makeup, we’ve outlined the basics below:

Eyeliners and Mascaras: Replace 3 to 6 months after opening Cream and Liquid products (foundations, concealers, blushes): 6 months – 1 year after opening

Powder products (bronzers, highlighters and blushes): 2 – 3 years after opening

Lipsticks, lip glosses and lip pencils: 2-3 years after opening

Always check the packaging of your products for cosmetic expiration dates and guidance but in general, if a product begins to change in texture or smell strange, it’s time to replace it.

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