Spring is nearly here, and people across the world will start to clean out their houses, throw away any old junk, and deep clean their kitchen cupboards and the space under their stairs. But have you ever thought about cleaning your makeup and accessories?
Too few of us take the time to think about the dirt and oils that can accumulate on makeup brushes, earrings, bracelets, and other jewelry and beauty accessories. It is not just dirt and the residue from makeup; bacteria can hide in your brushes and accessories too.
Here we are going to look at four signs that it is time for you to freshen up your beauty kit and what you can do to keep your accessories and tools clean or find better replacements for less than you thought.
Are You Having Trouble Applying Your Makeup?
As brushes and sponges get used more and more, their bristles and pores become blocked with the oils and powders used in makeup products, as well as natural oils and particles from your skin.
If you are not getting the results you are used to, then it could be a sign that the tools you are using need cleaning or replacing. Many people who apply makeup with older equipment that has become dirty will see the makeup ‘clump’ or smear across their skin rather than apply evenly. If your foundation isn’t going on properly, it might be time to clean or swap your sponge or brushes.
Your Brushes are Losing Bristles
If you are applying makeup and find lost brush bristles on your face or left behind in your makeup, then this is a definite sign that the brush needs to be replaced.
The materials that most makeup brushes are made from will deteriorate or become damaged over time or with a lot of use, and the bristles will come loose from their mounting and begin to shed in your makeup and on your face. Cleaning a brush like this won’t help much, so you should look for a replacement. Some brands use harder wearing and longer-lasting materials to make their brushes, meaning makeup brushes last a lot longer than they used to, and with regular cleaning may last you a lifetime. You can find deals on many popular brands at Upgraded Reviews.
Has Your Makeup Sponge Hardened or Cracked?
A makeup sponge can go through a lot in its life. If you are using a sponge to apply your makeup, you are probably in a rush or applying a denser powder that needs a brush to hold its heavier weight.
This can lead to sponges becoming cracked or torn from overuse (often applied with a heavy hand that is in a rush in the morning), or they can become clogged with powder and harden and crack. Makeup sponges are quite an inexpensive weapon in your beauty arsenal, so if your sponge is looking past its best, it is probably time to replace it. Don’t buy cheap, however; spending a little more on your sponge will get you a higher quality and longer-lasting product that will clean better, saving you money in the long run.
Is Your Skin Breaking Out?
No one knows your skin better than you do, and if you are feeling some irritation on your face or are experiencing a breakout of acne or blemishes, then this is a sign you need to clean or replace your makeup tools.
Bacteria and oils can accumulate on brushes, sponges and just about anything else, and this can clog your pores when you apply makeup and lead to breakouts of spots or rashes. If your skin is breaking out like this, then you should definitely clean or replace your beauty equipment to see if it eases the irritation.
Our makeup tools are an important but often overlooked part of our beauty arsenal. Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you and your skin too!