Stomach-churning pictures shows just how filthy your makeup essentials are – and it’s not for the faint hearted

Most of us pride ourselves on cleaning out our beauty blenders and makeup brushes on a weekly basis, but it seems that may not be enough.

While we know we should do it regularly, cleaning out your beauty tools every few days isn’t really our thing always I’ll remember it, but surely you will after watching this video.

The beauty experts decided to see how many bacteria were on a beauty blender


The beauty experts decided to see how many bacteria were on a beauty blenderPhoto credit: tiktok/@myglamtech
The stomach-churning images left people stunned


The stomach-churning images left people stunnedPhoto credit: tiktok/@myglamtech

Make-up remover brand takes to social media My glam tech showed what’s in your beauty mixer and got your stomach excited.

In the clip, they took a Beauty Blender and dabbed it up with a cotton swab before placing it in a Petri dish.

Then they showed the amount of bacteria and germs that came from just a tiny dab of the sponge, and that wasn’t pretty.

They then used the same technique with a makeup brush — proving that just because it looks clean doesn’t necessarily mean it looks clean.

They said, “Beauty blenders can also retain a significant amount of bacteria.”

“Researchers have found that brushes and blenders can be dirtier than toilets.

“Dead skin, dirt and oils coat every brush fiber and create a breeding ground for bacteria.

“All of this is rubbed into your skin and into your pores.

“That’s why people get personal infections, Pink eye and even acne.”

And they’re not wrong new research found that 70% to 90% of makeup tools harbor bacteria.

Not only is it just bacteria, but the study also found that beauty blenders contain the highest percentage of fungi at 56%.

Beauty blenders also had the highest contamination rate. Researchers believe this is because people need to wet these sponges before they can apply makeup. The authors of the study explain that moist surfaces provide fertile breeding ground for fungi.

It is therefore important that you clean your brushes thoroughly throughout the week to prevent bacteria from building up.

People were horrified by the video and many quickly claimed they would wash their brushes immediately.

One person wrote, “Oh I’m cleaning my makeup brushes right now.”

Another commented, “I found mold in my beauty blender with water.”

Meanwhile, a third said: “This is my sign to clean my makeup brushes and blender.”

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Another added, “My skin is crawling.”

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How to wash your makeup brushes

To ensure your makeup brushes and beauty blenders follow these seven steps recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology:

Rinse the tips of your brushes and sponges under lukewarm water to remove any makeup residue.
Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a tablespoon of mild shampoo or clarifying shampoo – not detergent.
Swirl each brush/sponge tip in the bowl.
Rinse again under lukewarm running water.
Continue shampooing and rinsing each brush/sponge until the water runs clear.
Squeeze out excess moisture with a clean, dry paper towel.
Lay brushes/sponges flat on a towel and allow to air dry

And makeup brushes were just as full of germs


And makeup brushes were just as full of germsPhoto credit: tiktok/@myglamtech

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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