Have you ever seen the video about the girl who found an insect living in her beauty blender?
It’s pretty shocking and although it’s an extreme case, beauty blenders and brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria. You are then wiping that bacteria over your face every time you apply your makeup. Disgusting right?
Did you know that you should deep clean your brushes and sponges every week?
Forget fancy tools that spin your brushes and expensive brush cleaning solutions, it’s actually really simple and inexpensive to do this properly. All you need is an antibacterial soap and the right technique.
For my own brushes, I use Dettol Antibacterial soap which is £1 from Home Bargains. Here’s what to do:
1. Using a running tap set to lukewarm, wet the brush bristles only (keep the rest of the brush out of the water)
2. Swirl the brush on the soap and work the soap right in between the bristles with your fingers3. Rinse soap out of bristles under running tap. Water should run clean
4. If not repeat steps 1 to 3. For any brushes with a build-up of cream products such as foundation and concealer, you may need to repeat these steps a few times before they feel completely clean
5. Gently squeeze out excess water from bristles
6. Lay out a clean towel on the edge of a table/unit
7. Lay brushes flat on towel with the bristles hanging over the edge so they don’t lose their shape
8. Leave overnight to dry
Never use very hot water as this can melt the glue in the handle of the brush. Avoid completely immersing them in water as it can damage the inside of the brush. Drying them flat will prevent water running down into the handle.
It’s the same technique for beauty blenders and sponges:
1. Wet sponge under warm running water
2. Rub sponge onto surface of soap and massage the soap right into the sponge
3. Rinse and repeat
4. Rinse under clean running water and keep squeezing sponge until water runs clean and soap free
5. Sit on a clean towel and leave at least overnight to dry
Remember to also clean and clear out your make up bag on a regular basis. Give the inside of your makeup bag a wipe with a disinfectant wipe or spray.
Wine and cheese might get better with age, but mascara’s definitely do not!
Makeup has a shelf life, especially cream and liquid products. The packaging will give an indication on how long it can be safely kept for, but here’s a rough guide
• Mascaras – up to 6 months. You may find they start to dry up before then (the mascara will seem quite thick and may look lumpy when applied)
• Lip gloss – 6 months
• Cream products (blushers, eye shadows, foundation, lipsticks etc) – 1 to 2 years
• Lip liners and eyeliners – 3 years
• Powders can be kept for many years
So, go on, be brutal. Throw out those pencil eyeliners with missing lids, that old crusty mascara and the ancient lipsticks that you haven’t worn this decade. At least this will give you the perfect excuse to go makeup shopping when the isolation is lifted.
To help you get the shopping list drafted, in my next blog I’ll cover the essentials that everyone should have in their makeup bag. You honestly don’t need a lot; some products are fantastic multi-taskers.
Do you have any favourite makeup products that you can’t live without? If so, please share them in the comments below.
Be safe, be happy and get cleaning! x