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How To Deep Clean Your Beauty Kit

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, frequent and thorough handwashing has become the norm, but now it’s time to pay attention to cleaning the cosmetics and beauty tools we use every day. Now, we all know that brushes, blenders and cosmetics that we use daily should be cleaned on the regular, especially as they come into contact with our faces over and over, but how often do you take the time to truly deep clean your tools and sanitise used cosmetics? Read our guide below for handy tips and advice.

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Washing Make Up Brushes and Blenders

Daily grime from dirty make up brushes and blenders 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 you can wash both the same way you’d wash your hands, with simple antibacterial soap and water. For blending sponges, soak in warm water and soap and then squeeze and repeat until your sponge is back to its original shade. For brushes, after soaking in water and soap, brush them across an old towel to remove build up. Leave both out until dry and voila!

Watch our video tutorial below:

Sanitising Make Up Palettes and Pencils

Simple rubbing alcohol is the key to sanitising your make up palettes. Simply decant some into a spray bottle and use it to spritz over your eyeshadows and highlighter compacts. Just wait until they are dry before you use them. Eyeliner and eyebrow pencils can be cleaned in the same way, using a spray of rubbing alcohol on a clean tissue.

Best By Dates

Cleaning your make up and tools is great, but it’s also key to ensure that the products you’re using are still good. Most cosmetics have best before dates after opening and although these will vary depending on climate and how your store your make up, 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 guidance but in general if a product begins to change in texture or smell strange, it’s time to replace.

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Jodie Spragg
Style Editor
25/05/2020
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