Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Spring Cleaning: What's Lurking in Your Tool Kit?
Here's a quick overview of what to do to keep your tools in beautiful condition.
Before you opt for a huge spring clean, start with some good behavior. After using your brushes, wipe off the excess makeup before storing. And speaking of storing--be sure to keep your brushes stored properly in a kit or case.
When you're ready to really clean your brushes, you can either use a commercially prepared cleaner or just use a mild shampoo (baby shampoo is good) and some water. Clean brushes well, using lots of rinses of water. You want the water to ultimately run clear.
After you're done, take the time to reshape the brush to it's normal shape. Allow the brushes to air dry with the bristles up.
It is very easy to forget to care about your tweezers. While you may not need to clean them per se, you do need to maintain them. After regular use, they tend to lose their sharpness. Most knife stores will resharpen them for you to keep them in primo working order.
After you've taken the time to go through your makeup stash, you should also clean out your makeup bag. The bottom of my bag is often littered with fuzz, shavings from eyeliner, and other random junk. Empty all of that crud out and take the time to clean the lining the best you can, again allowing it to dry before you toss everything back in!