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How To Disinfect Makeup Brushes

Taking care of your makeup brushes is essential to helping them last longer and making sure that you don’t wind up with a build-up of bacteria. Washing them is important to remove product buildup, but it does very little to actually kill all of the bacteria on them. Baby shampoo just isn’t going to cut it all the time. 

Disinfect Makeup Brushes By Spraying Them With Rubbing Alcohol

Continue to wash your makeup brushes to remove product buildup, but make sure that you use a disinfectant as well. Rubbing alcohol works exceptionally well! Pick up a bottle of isopropyl alcohol. If you can find it in a spray bottle, that’s better. If not, you’ll also need a spray bottle. 

Then, gently mist your makeup brushes with rubbing alcohol. After that, let them dry naturally. This alcohol kills bacteria, fungi, and most viruses in under one minute. 

How To Disinfect Makeup Brushes In Between Clients

This is also a great way to make sure that you don’t transfer bacteria from one client to another one. Schedule appointments far enough apart to ensure that you have time to give your makeup brushes a quick spritz and let them dry. Most clients won’t mind waiting if it means that you have time to sanitize your tools. 

Other Things You Can Use To Disinfect Makeup Brushes

While I’m a huge fan of giving them a quick spray of rubbing alcohol, that’s far from the only method you can use. In fact, there are several ways that you can disinfect your makeup brushes to get rid of bacteria, such as: 

Some people swear by using warm water and dish soap or shampoo to both clean and sanitize makeup brushes. Stick with whatever method you prefer. I love using rubbing alcohol, but if someone I know had a brush sterilizer, I would definitely use that instead.

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