As the New Year approaches, it’s not uncommon to start thinking of their New Year’s Resolutions. They can be anything from losing those last five pounds to taking a chance on something that scares you. If you’re looking for an easy resolution that will benefit your face consider taking on the challenge of keeping up with regular makeup tool maintenance. Now, you might think this is a no-brainer but let’s be honest, how often do you really and truly clean and sanitize your most commonly used tools? It might be a tedious and time-consuming task but the risks you take by not taking care of your tools is far greater than you might think. These tools accumulate so many things throughout the day that you won’t notice until it’s too late. Each use on your face collects dirt and oil, it accumulates product during each use and all of these combined cause an accumulation of bacteria. If not cleaned properly, this can lead to acne breakouts, pink eye, or even staph infections.  

Cleaning your daily tools has many benefits, the most obvious being the lack of breakouts and viral infections. Each time you clean your brushes and blenders you are essentially using, what equates to, a new tool. The application of the products you use will be smoother and more even as a result. Cleaning these tools will keep the bristles soft and help reduce irritation during each use. Keeping these brushes well maintained will also save you money in the end as you won’t have to replace them as often. It is recommended that foundation brushes and blenders be cleaned weekly if not daily. Brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned twice a month to avoid potential infections. All other brushes can be cleaned once a month but it is recommended to completely replace blenders every three months.

The easiest cleaning tip for your blender is to simply leave it in water overnight. Before you begin your routine you can remove it, rinse it out and begin use. It’ll be damp and help to apply your product of choice evenly. Avoid sealing the blender in a container or plastic bag as this can increase the buildup of bacteria and even start the buildup of mold. A good indicator that your brushes are in need of a thorough cleanse includes stiff bristles and thick, noticeable application of product without blending well. You can clean your brushes using a gentle soap or gentle detergent mixed with warm water. Beware not to soak the bristles up to the barrel as this may cause the bristles to loosen and fall out. During cleaning take care not to alter the shape of the brush. If you aren’t sure this DIY method is doing the trick, there are cleaning products available made especially for cleaning makeup tools. A neat trick to consider before cleaning brushes are using a dab of almond or olive oil to break up the caked on makeup. Don’t forget to also take care of keeping your eyelash curler clean. If not properly maintained, they can lead to clumpy applications and the potential to even pull eyelashes from their beds.

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