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April 25, 2017

Clean Those Brushes!   

Some of you may ask, Why should I clean my makeup brushes and tools?  Well, the answer is simple…Bacteria, Bacteria, Bacteria!  Staphylococcus Aureus, Escherichia Coli, and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa are the 3 most common bacteria found on makeup brushes and tools. 


Did you know that on a new brush used for one week bacteria will be growing and by the end of the second week, the bacteria will have doubled?  Just think of the amount of bacteria accumulated on that one brush after a month of the not washing it!  Now, if that’s not enough to get you running to the bathroom to clean those babies, we’ve got a problem!

Unclean brushes and tools hinder the steps you take to keep your skin fresh and unblemished.  Why spend time and money on skin care regimens when you use a germ filled brush on it after all that prep? 


We all know that makeup brushes and tools can be pricey, so here are some steps to keep your investments working properly for you.

What you need:  Brush cleanser or a gentle baby shampoo
                              Rubbing Alcohol
                              Cotton Swabs
                              BeautyBlender Cleanser (liquid or solid)
                              Makeup Remover

To clean brushes: Once a week, place a few drops of brush cleanser or shampoo into hand, wet brush and swirl in the cleanser.  Rinse completely until the water runs clear.  This may take a couple attempts depending on how dirty the brush is.  Once clean, gently squeeze out excess water, and reform the bristles.  Lay them flat or off the edge of a flat surface to dry.  DO NOT place them bristles up.  This will damage the bristles and can cause the metal to rust or glue to loosen.

To clean tweezers and eyeliner sharpeners: sweep away debris with cotton swabs to get rid of build up.  Soak cotton swabs in rubbing alcohol and rub along the tips of tweezers and along the blade of the sharpener to rid them of germs.  Do this overtime when using tweezers and once a week when using the sharpener.

To clean BeautyBlenders: Wet the blender and rub into the BeautyBlender Cleanser.  A light suds is all you need to thoroughly clean the blender.  Knead the soap throughout the blender and rinse while squeezing to make sure the soap is no longer in the sponge.  Squeeze out excess water with towel and allow to air dry.  This should be done after every use.

To clean eyelash curlers: Use the makeup remover to break up old mascara from the rubber pads. Soak a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and rub over pads and metal frame to rid germs from transferring to your lashes.  Once is week is recommended to clean the curler.

 What are you waiting for?  Go on, run to your bathroom grab your brushes and tools and get to cleaning!  An artist doesn't use dirty brushes to paint a masterpiece so why should you?




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