How To Keep Your Makeup Tools
Clean And Hygienic
Trying to avoid blemishes? Then you need to learn how to properly wash your foundation brushes and sponges
Product build-up on your brushes can cause bacteria to grow, and when bacteria comes, blemishes often follow—especially if you’re using dirty brushes to apply your makeup. Regularly cleaning your beauty tools will not only help to keep spots at bay, but it’ll also help your makeup apply better on the skin. Brush hairs and sponges hold onto oils and bacteria, so if you try to blend with a dirty tool your application will be spotty and never smooth.
For a flawless application every time, as well as radiant, blemish-free skin, wash your makeup tools regularly like professionals makeup artists do. Not sure how? Read on for our complete guide to keeping your beauty kit clean and hygienic.
How to wash foundation brushes
You should be washing your makeup and foundation brushes at least once a week in warm soapy water. It’s best to use dishwashing liquid or a specialist solution like Emel's makeup brush and sponge cleansing soap to really remove everything, including those thick and long-lasting formulas. Do not soak your brushes, but instead swirl then in the soapy water, as this will help maintain their shape and bristles. Spray your brush tips with rubbing alcohol/surgical spirit and wipe down with kitchen towels to remove all excess moisture. Then leave them to dry overnight by laying them down horizontally. This will prevent water from seeping into the glue that holds the bristles together and prevent any damage happening to your brush handle.
Top tip - never store your brushes in the bathroom. Its warm and moist environment makes it easy for bacteria to grow, plus the proximity of a toilet may even make your makeup application quite unsafe. Once you have washed your foundation brushes, we recommend keeping them in a brush holder in a well ventilated room like a bedroom.
How to clean makeup applicators
In order to maintain a clear complexion when using products that come with a wand applicator, wipe down the stick and tip by spritzing them with disinfectant before and after each use. This is especially important if you choose to apply your foundation directly onto the skin using the applicator wand, rather than with a brush. We recommend doing this with the Day to Night Foundation for the best natural-looking results. Once you know how to wash your foundation brushes and they are spick and span, try painting a small amount of the foundation on the centre of the face using the applicator wand, and then blend it outwards with your fingers for a flawless finish. Don't forget - always wash your hands before you apply your makeup.
How to wash foundation sponges
Our first tip when it comes to knowing how to wash foundation sponges is to know the product you are working with. Inexpensive makeup sponges that come in a multipack aren't meant to be reused. On the other hand, antimicrobial sponges like Beautyblenders can be safely used for up to three or four months, as long as you are washing them regularly. We recommend that you clean them after every use, but if you don’t have time, then once a week is fine. Wash your foundation sponge under warm running tap water and rub it onto a bar of facial soap, squeezing everything until the colour of the sponge is back to its original shade. Make sure your sponge is dry completely before reusing it.
Now you know how to wash your foundation brushes and sponges, you can keep bacteria and blemishes at bay. Makeup will apply smoother, stay on for longer and look even more flawless.