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WHY SHOULD I… sanitize my makeup brushes after I already cleaned them?

By: LatinaChika

Welcome back to another “Why Should I?” !

Today, I wanted to talk about our precious make up brushes.

We use them almost every day, if not, EVERY day!

There is so many shapes, sizes, and purposes for the array of make up brushes available to us. This also includes make up sponges and even the silicone applicator that I am still hanging onto!

It is obvious that we must clean our make up brushes because it can lead to various problems.

Here, you will find out what problems you may be missing and the solution to them!


The first problem is that if the make up brushes have not been cleaned from previous application, the colors you used previously are still there! That means that even if you dipped in the new color, there would be a hint of the old color within it. The most obvious mistake is to use the brush in which you applied or blended black eyeshadow/eyeliner and then use it to apply a different color. Whatever color you apply will still have a hint of black which is not the goal.

The second problem is that your liquid products, such as foundations and concealers, can create a build-up on your brushes that includes one of the most horrible things you could put on your face… B-A-C-T-E-R-I-A! This can cause acne breakouts from clogging of pores and skin irritation and redness. These are all things we try to prevent with our daily routine of face washes, moisturizers, serums, etc.


So what do you do?

Naturally, you clean them with some kind of soap. There is so many make up brush cleaners out there, I am sure you have a preference. Others swear by water and dish soap. Others use bar soaps to clean their make up sponges.

Personally, I try to use products that are eco-friendly and cruelty-free. I have not found anything yet that I can truly say cleans my brushes 100%. Sometimes, I clean my brushes again a few hours later after cleaning them already to make sure they are as clean as possible.

I also use a makeup brush drying rack to dry them. I bought mine on Amazon.

So now, your make up brushes are clean and you are ready to use them again, right? … Well, don’t!!


Because you still have bacteria!

So, what do you do next? Find out in the next page!


It is highly suggested that in order to make sure your brushes are clean and sterilized is by using rubbing alcohol at the end. After cleaning your brushes with your choice of soap, you must spray your brushes with rubbing alcohol to make sure all bacteria is eliminated. You must let them dry before you use them again. If they are wet and you decide to use them, your make up will not apply smoothly or evenly.

You should also sanitize your actual make up, including eyeshadow palletes, if you can and have the time. I do not do this too often, but I try to do it at least once a month.


I will take all my make up and clean the outside with make up wipes. Then, I open the make up, whether it is powder foundation to powder eyeshadow, and I spray them with rubbing alcohol. I let them sit for at least an hour (I know this is hard to do when kids are around, but you just want to make sure that the rubbing alcohol has dried).

There is no preference to the alcohol you should use. There is some companies that sell rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. If not, buy a small spray bottle and fill it up with alcohol.



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