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How to Clean and Sanitize Tools

Cleaning and sanitizing tools is one the most important--and often overlooked--areas of makeup application and care. It not only gives an individual or artist the confidence to show that they are serious about professionalism, but also prevents cross-contamination.

Cross-contamination is the passing of bacteria, microorganisms, or other harmful substances indirectly from one person to another through improper use or unsterile equipment, procedures, or products. In makeup artistry, this most commonly occurs through double dipping, using fingers, or re-using sponges or un-sanitized tools. By using the spatula to pull makeup from containers and using the palette to mix and dip into, the original source of makeup (container) won't get contaminated. Maintaining a sterile work environment specifically prevents skin breakouts and lengthens the life of cosmetics.

Sanitizing your brushes

The quickest and easiest way to instantly sanitize and clean your brushes is by using Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner. The formula guarantees instant sanitization. If you use 99% alcohol, soak your brushes or tools for the minimum of 10 minutes for them to be considered sanitized.

How to use Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner

1. Brush off any access makeup or product onto a tissue or paper towel.
2. Pour brush cleaner into a small tin, jar, or tub.
3. Dip brush into cleaner (do not swirl).
4. Work brush against tissue or towel to remove the makeup or product.
5. Repeat as needed until brush wipes clean on tissue or towel
6. Allow three minutes to dry. Chemical smell will become a soft vanilla scent when dry.

*TIP* For large fluffy brushes, put a bit of the brush cleaner on the tissue or towel and work brush against cleaner. This will speed drying time and save product from being wasted.

*TIP* In a hurry? Hit the brushes with a blow dryer (low/cool setting) for around 30 seconds to speed drying time.

Sanitizing palette, tweezers, and spatulas

Two options:

1. Soak them in a 99% alcohol for maximum sanitizing (this should be done with tweezers specifically). Between uses, simply spray a bit of 99% alcohol on the palette or spatula and they will be ready to reuse instantly. *NOTE* Be sure to use 99% alcohol and not basic rubbing alcohol, which is only 70% and will not completely sanitize.

2. Dip in Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner and wipe dry to instantly sanitize.