How to Clean Makeup Brushes

How to Clean Makeup and Manicure Materials

A little incident at my finger the other day due to an unhygienic manicure (i.e. I had a whitlow.. do you know what this is? if not click here and tell yourself that it is as horrible as it looks like..) prompted me to examine all my manicure and makeup materials. Do you know that officially, according to the makeup artists I met, we should clean them every week or two? This is crucial to avoid germs (a must-do especially during the cold and flu seasons as germs stay up on materials for days) or just really to avoid developing spots (almost as bad as the flu in my opinion..). And if you like to share your makeup with friends or refresh at public toilets, you should do it even more! So think about it and next time you do, follow these 10 steps to make sure you de-germ everything properly!

1. For the brushes: special shampoos to clean up brushes exist.. but frankly, whatever shampoo you normally use for your hair or even a simple soap (an excellent natural antibacterian) is absolutely fine.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

2. Massage the shampoo or soap into the brush and rub the brush in the palm of your hand.

3. Clean with water until all makeup residue is gone and the water runs clear 100%.

4. Remove the excess water by squeezing the brush from base to tip, then take a towel or clean tissue and gently tap the brush onto it.

5. Air dry (for this reason, it is better to do it at bedtime so they can dry off during the night and be ready all dry and shiny for use in the morning!)
How to Clean Makeup Brushes

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

6. Don’t forget to also clean any container, foundation pump or pencil/lipstick caps and tops. Especially of your foundation cause this is the one thing we grab with our hands the most and which goes directly then onto our skin.

7. Alternatively/in addition, use some antibacterial wipes (and Q-tips to access small areas)

8. Makeup sponges (for foundation or powder): Probably the most important point! Have you ever noticed a sort of  compacted shiny area on your sponge? If so, this caused by oil from your skin! Sponges are disposable = meant to be thrown away and replaced, not meant to be washed and reused for months! If you find that you’re getting more breakouts than normal and you use a sponge applicator, then through it away ASAP!

9. Makeup bags: remember to give it a good cleaning too every now and then. Just use an antibacterial wipe for the inside and a baby wipe (apparently a great way to clean leather!) to wipe down the outside. Or alternatively/in addition, you can also place it in the freezer overnight as freezing stuff destroy germs too ;)

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

10. Lastly: start to form the habit to spray off a little bit of anti-bacterial solution after every use / every week on your materials (for brushes: simply spray & take a clean tissue to remove the excess of makeup and product, no rinsing needed!). I found this cheap one at Sephora (Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner, check it out here) which totally does the tricks.

Voila! All clean up now. ;) What about you? What do you do to clean up your materials? Any trick or bad story to share?

8 thoughts on “How to Clean Makeup and Manicure Materials

  1. Fashionthroughtravel

    Ouch! Those photos of a whitlow made me not want to touch anything manicure-related EVER :( Sorry to hear that you had one.
    The tips are really great, I’m definitely going to clean up my stuff now!
    You’re right about the JP Gaultier show – the pieces are amazing, I just thought that it was a bit too much seeing everything at once, but I do really like his work as usual :)

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