In light of the covid-19 pandemic, our perceptions towards beauty and makeup have altered, and we now have a heightened awareness of the importance of infection control.
As a professional makeup artist, I have to clean and sterilise my tools between each and every client to avoid spreading bacteria but are you following similar steps at home? Granted you may not be applying makeup to as many faces as I do, but you are just as at risk from spreading bacteria from your own dirty tools, if you don’t clean them on a regular basis.
Dirty makeup brushes can cause much more damage than breakouts on your skin.
Using the same tools everyday means a build-up of dead skin cells, dirt and oils will accumulate, and these can include harmful bacteria including staphylococcus and E.coli! Not something you want to be spreading anywhere let alone round your face!
Just a small amount of baby shampoo and lukewarm water will clean your makeup brushes perfectly well. Place a little in the palm of your hand and swirl the brush round in a circular motion until you can’t see any trace of makeup product in the water, squeeze out excess water and repeat if necessary, place on a clean towel or a piece of kitchen paper and leave to dry overnight- fluff up in the morning and you’re good to go!
Make sure you also clean the handles but don’t submerge in water as this will weaken the glue and the bristles will fall out! Give them a going over with an antibacterial wipe. If you can’t get hold of any at the moment, soap and water will do.
For harder to clean brushes (we all have at least one!) you can use oil or an oil-based makeup remover on a piece of kitchen towel to remove, then wash as normal.
If you want to go the whole hog, simply spray with an antibacterial makeup spray the following morning after your brushes have dried. I love the Pro Hygiene Collection antibacterial makeup spray and brush cleaner spray.
Ideally you should clean your brushes every 7-10 days. You may think this sounds like a lot but believe me your skin will thank you for it!