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by on Aug 13, 2012

How To Clean Your Makeup And Brushes



We all know it’s important to clean our makeup brushes, but did you know it’s important to clean your actual makeup too? Also be sure to check the expiration date (yes, makeup can expire) to make sure it isn’t beyond the suggested time. After it’s expiry date, makeup starts to grow bacteria which can cause a range of unwanted problems from acne to eye infections.

Suggested time to keep makeup:

  • Mascara: 3 months
  • Lipstick: 2 years
  • Lip gloss: 2 years
  • Powder Shadow: 2 years
  • Cream Shadow and Liner: 6 months
  • Liquid Foundation: If in a pump: 2 years. If in a bottle that has an open top: 6- 12 months
  • Concealer: 6 months
  • Pencils that can be sharpened (eye, lip, etc): 3 years
  • Face powder (blush, foundation, etc): 3 years
  • Primer: 2 years
  • Liquid Liner: 3 months

Cleaning your brushes:

Keeping your brushes clean is just as important as washing your face daily. When you have dirty brushes, you reintroduce bacteria and germs onto your skin. For the best results, clean your brushes with gentle soap and water or use a specified brush cleanser. Almost all makeup companies make them like M.A.C. or Makeup Forever. Other brands are easily found at Target, CVS, Walmart, etc. You will also need a clean towel or paper towels.

  • Run the tips of the brushes under water until they are wet.  DO NOT soak the area where the bristles meet the metal.
  • Drop a few drops of soap or a specified brush cleaner into the palm of your hand.
  • In a circular motion, massage the cleanser into the brush. Really work the cleanser through the bristles (about 10 – 20 seconds).
  • Run the brush under warm (not hot) water, rinsing the suds away.
  • To dry, rub the brush onto a towel (paper towel will work as well) in a circular motion. Be careful not to ‘pound’ the brushes into the towel, this will cause the bristles to lose their shape and/or break off.
  • Repeat these steps with all your brushes. If product remains in the brush, repeat the first 4 steps until nothing is left behind on the towel.
  • Lay flat to dry.

Repeat this once per month and after any cold or illness, this will keep from spreading the germs back into your system.

To clean your makeup:

You will need: 91% alcohol, a small spray bottle, an eye/lip liner sharpener, and tissues.

  • Open all your blushes, pressed powders, shadows, cream concealers, etc. Anything that is in a container that opens in that fashion, open it up and line them up.
  • Pour the alcohol into the spray bottle.
  • Spray spray spray. Spray the alcohol right onto the powders/creams (pressed only). They will look a little scary and like you have ruined them, but the alcohol dries (and completely evaporates) quickly and will not effect the texture or quality of the product.
  • Using a tissue, wipe off all lipsticks, stick concealers, stick shadows, etc.
  • Spray them with alcohol.
  • Next, using the liner sharpener, sharpen all eyeliners, brow pencils, lip liners, etc, to a perfect point. By sharpening to a perfect point, you can be sure you are shaving off all old surfaces and germs.
  • Allow everything to dry completely before putting it away.

Voila! Your whole makeup and brush collection are completely clean and sanitary. This is one routine that professional makeup artists use when cleaning their materials from one client to the next.

By Jennifer at abeautyloft



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