In one of my recent blog posts, I spoke about maintaining healthy skin. In this blog post, I wanted to take it a step further, and discuss something that is over looked by many women. Did you know that most makeup brushes are full of dirt and bacteria? Maybe in your sub conscience mind you thought about it…,but never really gave it any attention. I want to educate you, so that you know just how important it is to properly clean your makeup brushes, AND why you should be careful with sharing your makeup.
So you wonder why sharing your makeup/brushes could be a bad thing? I know it seems like a harmless gesture, but truly it is an easy way to spread infection, and bacteria. If you are going to share your makeup, I would suggest sharpening your pencils after sharing. This will get rid of the exposed layer that the other person used. Then dip it in alcohol for a few seconds. It will dry fast. As far as lip stick is concerned, I would use a Q-tip to get rid of the top layer, and then dip it in alcohol for a few seconds. If you are going to share your makeup brushes, I would invest in anti bacterial wipes to clean your brush each time. It only takes about 1-3 minutes for them to dry. Here is a link to some I found at Sally’s Beauty Supply http://www.sallybeauty.com/Make-Up-Brush-Cleansing-Towelettes/SBS-249250,default,pd.html. I strongly encourage you to take my advice on cleaning your makeup after someone else uses it. You don’t want to risk getting an infection of the eye, or mouth that your friend may, or may not have known she had in the first place.
Lastly, cleaning your makeup brushes is simple, and easy. I use baby wash and luke warm water. The first thing you want to do, is rinse water over your brush until the water running off is almost clear. For those of you that haven’t cleaned your brushes in a while, you could be rinsing for a little bit. Next, I put about a tablespoon of baby wash in luke warm water, and let it sit for a few minutes. Last, while the brushes are in the water I use my fingers to rub the soapy water into the brush. I let them sit out over night to dry. You should clean your brushes at least twice a month. Sephora has a great anti bacterial spray that you can use after every time you use your makeup brushes as seen here http://www.sephora.com/daily-brush-cleaner-P208011. Keeping your brushes clean is not only better for your skin, but it keeps the brushes soft, and they last longer. It doesn’t take a lot of time to clean them, and your skin is worth it.