It is important to keep your makeup and makeup brushes as clean and disinfected as reasonably possible. Even if the world isn’t in the middle of a pandemic, as it is now. Yes, the coronavirus has disrupted many things for a lot of people. It has also made us more aware of germs and how fast they can really spread.
Even if you are the only one using your makeup and makeup brushes that doesn’t mean it can’t collect germs.
Makeup cleaning and disinfecting
Usually, I wipe some of my makeup products off with antibacterial wipes (which are like gold at the moment) so I might have to start wiping them down with a wet paper towel and antibacterial soap. That is fine, it does the job either way. Mainly, this is used just for the outsides of containers or for the pencil sharpener.
It is quite important to keep the pencil sharpener clean on a somewhat regular basis. Just wiping it down isn’t really enough. It requires cleaning with a Q tip inside where the grime gets stuck. This will not only help it work better, but it will keep from transferring to other makeup pencils when sharpened.
I am not saying I am a clean freak by any means, I feel like I am about average. Most everyone washes their makeup bag on a regular basis because makeup bags get dirty quickly. Along with replacing the makeup bag when it gets looking too bad.
You can also spray your powders (eye shadows, blushes, highlighter, bronzers, eyebrow powders, face powders, etc) with a mixture of 91% alcohol, tea tree oil, witch hazel, and jojoba oil.
I reserve this spray just for the powders because the 91% alcohol dries faster so it doesn’t put too much moisture on the products. This is the main ingredient in my homemade spray. I know 91% alcohol doesn’t kill as many germs, but the witch hazel and tea tree oil make up for it. Jojoba oil is the closest oil to sebum. It is a bit waxy like sebum on the skin. Sebum tries to keep the skin from drying out too much. That is why I use it for the powders it keeps the ingredients in my homemade spray from drying out or cracking my powder makeup.
It is also not necessary to do it all of the time. I am not a makeup artist so it is either me or my daughter using these items and we keep our makeup brushes reasonably clean as well.
I clean my makeup brushes regularly (I have a whole other blog post on how I do this and what I use), but they are still exposed to the air, dust, and germs because not all of them are kept in an airtight container. Sometimes, I also spray them with a combination of 70% alcohol, witch hazel, and tea tree oil. I put those ingredients into another small spray bottle. It is really easy to just spray it on my brushes and disinfect them.
Those that I do keep in an air-tight makeup brush container are still sprayed on occasion and left to dry before I close back up the container. The reason they are left to dry is that it takes alcohol a few minutes to work disinfecting the brushes. Also, dampness can be a breeding ground for germs. So they need to dry first before I close them up. (I also wash these brushes on a regular basis as well).
Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner
I purchased the Cinema Secrets brush cleaner to try before the pandemic. I must say it was good timing though. According to CinemaSecrets it kills 99.9% of germs as well as cleaning makeup off your brushes.
The ingredients are:
- Isoparaffin Hydrocarbon – a solvent for disinfecting
- Hydrotreated Heavy Naptha – hydrotreated petroleum
- Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, N-Butylparaben – parabens in this formula are an antimicrobial preservative
- Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla Bean) Fruit Extract
- D&C Green #6
Not exactly what you would consider being a “clean” product. It doesn’t claim to be, but all I can smell when I use it is rubbing alcohol. Although that isn’t one of the ingredients, that is what I smell. It cleans the brushes effectively.
However, to be honest, I will just go back to my old way of cleaning the brushes and spraying them with my homemade spray. It just seems to use fewer chemicals and no dyes. It works well at cleaning “heavier” makeup like a gel eyeliner.
I know the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner is a cult favorite and it does kill germs, no doubt. But at Sephora, it is $30.00 for 16oz and I can get the no-name rubbing alcohol and witch hazel both for under $6.00 for 16oz each. Tea tree oil varies greatly in price but I can usually find it for under $10.00 for a 2oz bottle and you don’t need much of it. Or I do have a disinfectant that I can use in place of the tea tree oil. I might have to add a bit of conditioner or oil to it so it doesn’t dry out my brushes too much.
Also, I purchased the brush cleaner for around $19.00 on Amazon. Would I recommend it? Not really. The brush spinning tool isn’t bad but the brushes do slip out of the ‘sleeves” quite often. Also, the bowl isn’t dishwasher friendly.
I don’t like it for cleaning the brushes either. My old method is still a lot better. This didn’t clean them that well at all.
The thing that it did do well is spin the brush almost dry. So less water to loosen up the handle glue and they did dry faster.
Not dishwasher safe
I did mangle the bowl by putting it in the dishwasher. You can still use the other items in the kit even if you have mangled your bowl in the dishwasher as I did. Just use a Mason Jar. A Mason Jar is even better because it is dishwasher safe and it can take extremely hot water without any issues.
However, I would just save yourself the trouble, it isn’t worth that hassle of getting it out. Having the brushes fall off the “sleeves” that hold it to the spinning device. It takes much longer than “10 seconds” as advertised and it takes several washes to get them as clean as I would like. You also have to keep changing out the water because it gets nasty. That is a lot of water waste as well. It is a thumbs down on this device.
I hope this gives you some ideas on keeping your makeup and makeup tools clean. It doesn’t have to be expensive at all and doesn’t take that much time. It is worth it not only for the spreading of germs but for acne, sensitive skin and irritation (contact dermatitis).