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The Right Way To Clean Makeup Tools & Brushes

June 2, 2015 by Izabella Zaydenberg
shefinds | beauty

My beauty resolution for the year was that I would take better care of the tools I use every day on my face. From powder and eyeshadow brushes to the Beauty Blenders and eyelash curlers, these tools help me look like I have my stuff together. Treating them to a little bath or two is only fair, right?

If you can’t remember the last time you gave your makeup brushes a little soak, here’s the scoop on how to clean a bunch of different beauty applicators, from the tiny sponges to your metal tools.

Sponges. If you’re a sponge fanatic, it’s pretty easy to tell when your squishy little friend is due for a good wash. While Beauty Blender makes a specific sponge cleaner (in both a solid and a gel), you can just use mild soap and water to work the product out after rinsing it with warm water. After getting rid of all the spots, wring it out and pat it dry with a clean towel.

Metal tools. For all the nail clippers, eyelash curlers and tweezers in your collection, you’ll have to invest in alcohol and anti-bacterial soap. First, wash the tool in warm water and the anti-bac, then clean it with an alcohol-soaked Q-tip or cotton ball. Of course, let these dry for a minute or two before using–an alcohol-soaked eyelash curler will be no fun near your peepers.

Makeup brushes. First things first: never wash a makeup brush with the water pouring directly into the bristles. This will soften the glue holding the bristles and the handle together, therefore shortening the lifespan of your favorite facial or eye brush. Instead, swirl your brush in water until it’s fully wet. To actually clean a makeup brush, all you need is a good brush cleanser or mild soap. Just dab a little bit onto the hairs of the brush, then swirl it around in either your hand or a paper towel. Once the paper or your palm is clean, rinse the brushes again and let them dry with the bristles hanging off the edge of your table. Be sure to get all the excess moisture out first with a clean towel.

Have any tips or tricks to cleaning your favorite tools? Let us know in the comments!

For more tips, check out the 12 (cheap!) makeup products with outstanding reviews and how to paint your nails with your non-dominant hand.

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