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Your basic makeup tools might be more dangerous than you think

23 June 2016, 12:56 Phumela Dayimani

Okay, let’s be honest, makeup tools are quite an investment. So, you definitely want to take care of them. Therefore, it’s vital that we clean our foundation brushes, sponges and other cosmetics tools carrying old makeup residue, oils and bacteria.

According to dermatologist, Elizabeth Tanzi, bacteria on your makeup tools can cause breakouts and irritation on the skin, especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin.  

And many types of bacteria, such as Micrococcus and E.coli are more likely to live in makeup tools that aren't cleaned regularly, as antibacterial agents start to break down six months after purchase. 

Now, if you’ve been a lazy Susan, using dirty makeup tools for too long, then there is no better time to change your ways than the present. 

Here are 5 basic cleaning methods for every makeup tools: 

1. Makeup brushes and brow combs

Run your brush bristles under lukewarm water, add a bit of baby shampoo (or liquid soap) onto the brush and swirl its bristles until it lathers. Then rinse and leave to dry. This helps remove the dirt and oil that build up over time.

2. Eyelash curler

Take a bit of baby shampoo in between your fingers and rub the eyelash curler, massage it and give it a quick rinse – as easy as that.

3. Sponge

Pop your sponge into a bowl, use a liquid soap to soak it and squeeze until it’s clean, then rinse and let dry overnight.

4. Mascara brush

Use a paper towel to wipe clumps off your mascara wand, then soak it in lukewarm water - this helps to loosen dried product. Leave it to dry overnight or use a paper towel to dry it and make sure the bristles are completely dry before you put the brush back into the tube.

5. Lip gloss and mascara containers

According to allwomenstalk,  mascara and lip gloss containers are a moist and dark environment. Now, Herpes love to live in such environments. A bit scary hey? Luckily you can always prevent bacteria by constantly cleaning your lip gloss and mascara wands with a spritz of rubbing alcohol.

Sharing your mascara or lip gloss can also spread lots of germs, so try to avoid this at all costs. 



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