''Why should I bother cleaning my brushes and sponges... they're not THAT dirty.''
I used to say this to myself in school, but after working as a makeup artist I have come to realise the importance of sanitising makeup tools for myself and clients. Brushes and sponges are a moist breeding ground for debris/oil/bacteria which can lead to nasty breakouts and even infection. It can also make blending difficult leading to patchy application of makeup.
How often do I need to clean my tools?
For personal tools, it's best to clean brushes 1-2 times a week.
Ideally, sponges should be wet and cleaned after each use - they should also be replaced every few months. This is because sponges deteriorate more quickly than brushes and soak up skills cells + bacteria overtime. I like to purchase the Real Techniques Beauty Sponge ($12.74 from Priceline) as it doesn't hurt the wallet too much when I need to replace them often.
For my clients, I spot clean all brushes and sponges between EVERY client to keep everyone safe from bacteria and infection. I do a deep clean over the sink at the end of the week.
What products can I use?
I love using Daiso products for spot cleaning as they are cheap and work super well!
Spot cleaning brushes - Daiso Makeup Brush Cleaner
Cleaning sponges - Daiso Puff Sponge Detergent
Deep cleaning brushes - Bare Minerals Brush Conditioning Shampoo
How to Spot Clean:
1. Place Daiso Makeup brush cleaner on a folder paper towel.
2. Rub the brush gently in different directions. Ensure that you are cleaning all parts of the brush without bending and damaging the bristles.
3. Repeat until no pigment comes out onto the paper towel (this means the brush is clean!)
4. Wipe off any excess moisture and wait a few moments before use.
How to Deep Clean:
1. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water.
2. Place a drop of makeup brush cleanser (or soap) into the palm of your hand.
3. Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm.
4. Rinse the bristles.
5. Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
6. Reshape the brush head.
7. Let the brushes dry on a towel, ideally letting the bristles hang over the counter. This will allow the bristles to dry evenly and prevent mildew.
You are now ready to start cleaning your brushes and sponges more regularly!