When Was The Last Time You Cleaned Your Makeup Brushes?
As beautiful as it can make you look. Makeup is a breeding ground for bacteria, particularly mascara. Think of all the bacteria you have on your skin and then think how often you touch your brushes to your face. You wouldn’t go a week without washing our hands, when was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?
I love eyelashes & only wear mascara on photo shoots but chances are you do. Mascara is something found in every makeup bag-TOO LONG. According to the CDC (Center of Disease Control), you should replace your mascara at least once every 3 months. Once you open your tube of mascara you should definitely keep track of the 90 day limit. After each & every application close the tube tightly to avoid heat & moisture. Ladies to prevent bacteria building up inside do not continually dip the brush in/out of the tube. No need to mix up the mascara…letting more air inside is only exposing the product to drying air. Please be selfish with the use of your cosmetics including mascara & eyeliners or eye pencils. Sharing can lead to infections like Pink Eye. If someone doesn’t obey your wishes by all mean toss the product immediately.
Loving on to the lips. Lipstick can live in your cosmetic bag for 1-2 years. If you wish to extend the life of your favorite shade & want more pout for your buck lipstick can be stored in the refrigerator to last longer. The tell tale sign to determine if your lipstick has gone bad-if it smells stale it’s probably spoiled & should immediately be removed from your purse or vanity and thrown out.
No matter how many times you stroke your brush you must clean them often to get rid of the ugly bacteria. It’s highly recommended that you wash your makeup brushes at least once a week if they are for powder applications, and every day for liquid makeup such as concealer, foundation, lip products and cream eye shadow. Forgive me for saying this but cleaned hands are also advised when applied.
I use MAC brush cleaner to wash my brushes. You can also use a mild shampoo and roll it in your hand until it lathers. Then, rinse under water until the water runs clear. I lay my brushes on a paper towel on the counter to dry. I also clean my brushes when I know I won’t be wearing makeup for a day or so to give them to time to dry.