Clean or Toss: A Guide to Maintaining Your Beauty Tools
We all develop a close bond with our favorite beauty trimmings and trappings. There’s that set of professional makeup brushes that sat at the top of your wish list for months, that Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler that took you forever to track down, that makeup bag (in a limited edition print) gifted to you from your bestie… Let’s just say if there was a beauty-specific edition of Hoarders, we could all be in big trouble. But unfortunately what they say is true: all good things must come to an end. And considering you get rather up close and personal with the majority of your beauty tools on a regular basis, the end may be nearer than you might think. Find out when it’s time to say bye to your beloved beauty tools below.
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Clean: The more often the better, but aim for every other week.
Toss: When ratty or frayed.
Clean: Weekly. Unless you’re using the average drugstore makeup sponge, those are for one-time use only.
Toss: Every 3 months or when cracked.
Clean: Weekly with a cotton pad soaked in rubbing alcohol.
Toss: Replace the rubber pad every 4-6 months or when torn. Replace the curler when it loses tension. For most, that’s about every 12-18 months.
Clean: Give it an honest assessment yearly. If it’s in good condition, throw it in the washing machine.
Toss: When it’s no longer salvageable.