We all know (we all know, right?) that make-up applicators, as a general rule, should be changed every 3-6 months. Like your toothbrush, so to speak. But in the meantime, are you cleaning them properly?
There are two things you need to keep in mind when it comes to your makeup applicators: you need to change them and you need to clean them. Sounds obvious, but it is not. Here are a few things you should know.
What happens if you don’t clean them properly?
Brushes and sponges or blenders are in direct contact with your skin and with your makeup products. We will name a couple of things that can happen when you don’t wash your brushes or sponges: bacteria will build up, dust will build up, and dirt will build up. In case that is not enough, we have more items to add to the list: all these things accumulating on your makeup tools will lead to breakouts, clogged pores, irritated skin, viral infections, the list goes on.
‘I don’t want any of that! What do I do?’
The answer, my friend, is NOT blowing in the wind. The answer is: you clean them. Regularly. You clean them good. Especially your sponge. Here are some methods:
The ‘wet and rub’ one
Hold your sponge under a running tap or submerge it in a bowl of warm water. This will expand the sponge so soap can easily remove dirt. Add soap or cleanser. Use small, circular motions and rub the dirty sponge against the palm of your hand. You will notice that excess makeup will start to come out. Keep rubbing until there’s no more excess makeup.
The ‘soak and leave’ one
Pretty self-explanatory: soak your sponge in warm, soapy water, and leave it there for at least 30 minutes. After that time, dry it using a towel. Make sure it is free from moisture before using again!
The ‘I’ll just microwave this’ one
This one is quite interesting, but you need to do it correctly or it will not work (and you will end up ruining it —and maybe the microwave, too). Follow these exact steps:
1) Soak it in a warm cup of soapy water and wait until it starts to clean.
2) Squeeze it really good and put it back in the liquid.
3) Put the cup into the microwave for one minute.
4) Wait for the water to cool, around 5 minutes (this is very important)
The ‘olive oil and dishwasher detergent’ one
In a bowl, combine warm water, olive oil and dishwasher detergent. Dip the sponge into the bowl and run it under a hot tap and squeeze out all the excess product. Remove the oil by rinsing the sponge with facial cleanser.