Brushes/sponges/applicators are the second tools of trade almost every makeup lover acquires. First comes the makeup itself then you need to get the best of every application by using the best tools for each product.
It’s somewhat sad that many don’t pay attention to proper care and even use of the applicators. Depending on the nature of your makeup product (liquid, crème, powder), your respective applicators have a tendency to harbor harmful germs that in one way or the other affects the health of your skin and eventually your makeup application.
If you have a personal arsenal of these applicators, brushes and tools, it’s in your best interest to wash them weekly or every other week. They are your personal belongings and it is assumed that you use them about once or twice a day so the product build up won’t be so much on them.
But if you are a makeup artist, it is expected that your tools should be cleaned in between clients. Which means that once you are done working with client A, you MUST clean ALL brushes that have made contact with client As’ skin or use new brushes and applicators for client B.
This is a lot of work no doubt, but it ensures you don’t transfer any ‘unlikables ‘ from one client to the other.
So how do you achieve this? Washing your brushes can be a daunting task especially if you have a lot of them. I love to use my hair shampoo/conditioner and a brush cleaning mat for my tools laundry.
I simply run my brush under a tap without letting water into the metal part (ferrules), apply some shampoo to it, then scrub on my mat depending on the section (eye, face, rinse, condition). I also repeat with conditioner, rinse thoroughly and place on a flat towel to dry. Same goes for sponges.
I have also invested in a brush cleaner which allows me use one set of brushes severally without washing. I simply spray the cleaner on a paper towel and wipe the brush over it again and again until no product comes off it any more. This effectively kills any germs on the brush while wiping product buildup away.
I also love to use disposables (eye liners, lip applicators, mascara wands) as this makes things quite easier. Once used on a client it doesn’t get back into the product for any reason whatsoever so it doesn’t contaminate the makeup product. And I don’t have to bother cleaning it (have you tried wiping your mascara wand on a paper towel?) Straight into the bin!!!!
So when next you notice breakouts on your face, make sure that your makeup tools are not the culprits and also insist on clean brushes/applicators and no double-dipping when next you are sitting in an artists’ chair.
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