You have invested in a quality set of brushes and makeup tools and yet you forget to properly care for them and who-knows what is lurking in-between those high quality bristles. Not to mention what type of bacteria is being placed on your beautiful face every morning and every night.

Have you ever wonder way when you have a professional makeup artist do your makeup it looks so smooth and crisp? Well, the way in which a makeup artist cares for their brushes is the reason your make-up looks flawless. Thus, the little extra effort you take to wash them on a regular basis will surely deliver a better application and look.

Below is a make-up brush and beauty tool maintenance schedule to implement into your beauty regime to keep your application easy and your complexion clear.


 SPONGES

Frequency –  Once every two to three uses

Cleaning Products To Use – Beautyblender soap

How To Wash: Following the directions on the packaging guarantees the best results. Fill a large bowl with warm water, submerge sponges and let them soak for close to a minute. Wring them out thoroughly. Take a soap bar and rub it gently in circular motions around the sponge’s surface until it is evenly lathered. Rinse under your faucet until no soapy residue surfaces when it’s squeezed.

To Dry – Air-dry on a towel overnight to ensure that the sponge is completely dry.


 TWEEZERS & EYELASH CURLERS

Frequency –  Once a month

Cleaning Products To Use –  Makeup towelettes, Q-tips, a cloth, and rubbing alcohol.

How To Wash – Dip tweezers completely into alcohol and wipe with a clean cloth. If you also use tweezers to apply false eyelashes, swipe them after each application with a makeup towelette to remove glue residue. For eyelash curlers, use a makeup towelette to wipe-down the curler and then take a a Q-tip dipped in alcohol to clean between the hard to reach places.

To Dry: Place tweezers and eyelash curlers on a cloth or towel and let dry for an hour or two.


LASH COMBS & BROW BRUSHES 

Frequency – Once a month

Cleaning Products To Use – Brush cleaner and a cloth or towel.

How To Wash: Soak a toothbrush in brush cleaner and gently clean the comb or brush until no residue remains.

To Dry: Place brushes and combs on a towel or cloth to try for a few hours to ensure that they completely dry.


BRUSHES

Frequency: Once a month (Or more frequently depending on your usage habits.)

Cleaning Products To Use – For natural-bristle brushes use a gentle soap or shampoo and for synthetic brushes you can use a standard brush cleanser or even a grease-cutting detergent like Dawn.

How To Wash – Place your brushes in a bowl filled with warm water. Squeeze a dime-size of soap on the back of your hand and work the brushes into the soap in circular motions to lather. Rinse until the water runs clear. Some brushed you may want to use a silicone-free conditioner that won’t add buildup to ensure the brush hairs stays full. Rinse the brushes thoroughly while pointing the brush down, so water doesn’t weaken the glue in the handle until all soap residue is removed.

To Dry: You can dry them using a brush tree, which dries them upside down or place them on a towel. If using a towel gently wring them out and lay them flat on it to dry. Synthetic-hair brushes will reshape while drying, however for animal hair brushes wrap the, in a clean towel and then tap them on the edge of the counter-top to remove water so that they regain their shape as they dry.

1938 is the online magazine blog for Well-Kept Beauty, formally entitled Primer.

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