Let's talk about something we often overlook: cleaning makeup tools. We've all been guilty of letting our makeup brushes collect dust (and a whole lot more) for way too long. But let's get real; just like how you wouldn't want to rub your face with a dirty towel, you don't want to apply your favourite foundation with a grimy brush, right?

Why Clean Makeup Tools?

First off, let's talk about the "why." Imagine this: you spend a good amount of time and money selecting the best skincare products, like our QED Skincare line which is designed for sensitive skin and is plant-based. You're investing in your skin, the largest organ of your body, but then you're applying makeup with brushes or sponges that haven't been cleaned in weeks. That's like mopping the floor and then walking over it with muddy shoes. Not a good look, is it?

Dirty makeup tools can be breeding grounds for bacteria, which could lead to breakouts, irritation, or even infections. Your sensitive skin doesn't need that drama.

Many makeup brushes with different powders on them

How Often Should You Clean Them?

All right, let's get down to business. Here's a quick guide:

  1. Makeup Brushes: Ideally, you should be cleaning these at least once a week. If that sounds like too much for you, aim for at least every two weeks.
  2. Makeup Sponges (like Beauty Blenders): These need a good wash after every use because they're perfect little homes for bacteria.
  3. Eyelash Curlers: Once a week is good here. A simple wipe down with makeup remover or alcohol will suffice.
  4. Tweezers, Scissors, and Other Tools: Once a month should do it, but a quick wipe with an alcohol pad (or a quick mist with your QED Hand sanitiser) after each use wouldn't hurt.

A clean blusher brush swishing in clean water

How to Clean Them

Cleaning your makeup tools doesn't have to be a big ordeal. For brushes, you can use a gentle shampoo or a brush cleaner. Rub any extra product out on to a facecloth.  Microfibre cloths work very well here. For sponges, hand wash and warm water work well. Just make sure to squeeze out all the excess water and let them air dry. (ideally in a little sun)

And guess what? All of QED Skincare's face cleansers can also work as a gentle cleaner for your makeup brushes, especially if you have sensitive skin. All of our cleansers easily emulsify makeup and dirt from your face, and they work just as well on the delicate hairs of your makeup brushes.  Our cleansers are plant-based and free from harsh chemicals, ensuring that your brushes are as clean and natural as your face.

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So, there you have it! Taking care of your makeup tools is as essential as taking care of your skin. It's all part of the same beauty ecosystem. So next time you're doing your skincare routine with our award-winning QED Skincare products, give a little love to those brushes and sponges too.

Clean tools, clear skin. It's a win-win! 🌿✨