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It’s the task we’ve all been putting off for far too long; cleaning our makeup tools. Sure, it feels like
a chore and a half—but an excess of leftover product on a brush or sponge can tamper with the colour
of your products and even stop them from blending properly, ruining the finish of your makeup. More
importantly—especially with everything going on right now—germs and bacteria can build up in
that residue, which can then be transmitted onto your skin and eyes. This can cause irritation, breakouts
and (in some cases) infections. No thank you!
This is a call for everyone to say “hi” to hygiene, and end the judgmental stare of the dirty brushes
sitting on your vanity. We’re breaking it down.
... it's easier than you think.
1. Dispense a bit of MECCA MAX Sponge
and Brush Shampoo into a small glass—it'll work to break down makeup residue, and includes tea
tree oil to disinfect your brushes (score!).
2. Wet your brush with warm water, making sure to keep the brush angled down to avoid water getting into
the head (this weakens the glue and makes your bristles fall out).
3. Dip the brush into the shampoo and swirl it on a MECCA MAX Brush Cleansing Pad. You can use your hands instead, but the pad's
specialised grooves are great at catching every last remnant of product.
4. Rinse the soap out with more warm water and repeat until the water runs clear. Once the brush is fully
clean, sluice out any excess water and mould the bristles back into their original shape.
5. Let dry on a bench overnight, with the head of the brush over the edge.
Brush cleaning spray is practically attached to the hip of every makeup artist, and for good reason. An
alcohol-based solution, it dissolves makeup residue left in your brush hairs and then dries within minutes.
It also has antibacterial properties to instantly eliminate bad bacteria. Formulated with silk protein and
vitamin B5 to condition and soften the bristles, Mecca Cosmetica's Brush With Success will work to refresh your brushes without drying
1. Spray the mist onto a folded paper towel until it is damp but not soaked.
2. Then swirl your brush onto the damp area using the same motion you would to apply product to your face.
3. Leave it to dry for just a moment, and you're good to go.
While a cleaning spray is the perfect quick-fix in between applications, you should still be giving your
tools a full clean at least weekly. We repeat: weekly.
Typically used with a wet product, foundation sponges are a bacteria’s dream home—so like your
brushes, you should be giving them a thorough, soapy clean every week (and replacing it with a new one every
three to four months).
1. Run your sponge under warm water from the tap until it’s completely soaked.
2. Gently massage a coin-sized amount of shampoo into it with your hands. If you prefer a solid
soap—like the Malin + Goetz
Peppermint Soap Bar—lightly rub the sponge back and forth on the bar until it lathers up, making
sure to get every side before massaging the soap in.
3. Rinse the sponge under the water and squeeze it repeatedly until the water runs clear. Leave it aside on
a paper towel to dry overnight.
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