I once heard the saying, there’s no good makeup with a bad brush and that has stuck with me since. Can you imagine a world without makeup brushes? But no matter how important they are in our makeup routine, we sometimes tend to overlook them. Can you remember the last time you cleaned yours? Or replaced a brush with a serious case of hair fall?
So do you know how to care for makeup brushes?
Keep in mind that your makeup brushes directly touch your face so naturally they need to be as clean and as sterile as possible. If you like using your brushes on wet products, your brushes become a breeding ground of bacteria and should be cleaned out after excessive use. It may not be visible to the naked eye, but dead skin cells, oils, and other types of residue end up on the bristles and can cause infection or irritation on your skin if not cared for properly.
Have you had any acne breakouts even without changing anything in your products or routine? You might want to check your brushes and think back to the last time you washed them. And how do you store them? Are they contained or are they sitting in your vanity, exposed to air?
But it’s not just the cleanliness you should be concerned about. Brushes have their individual shapes and thickness that are meant for different kinds of makeup. So what you also need to include in your brush maintenance is a good storage container which won’t deform the bristles.
Here are some ideas to help you maintain your favorite beauty brushes to keep them clean and useful.
- Choose a type of cleaner – Makeup brush cleaner is available in the market but you can also use a bit of mild dishwashing soap or baby shampoo to clean your brushes.
- Run your brushes under lukewarm water to saturate them. Focus on the bristles and aviod the handle where the glue can loosen over time.
- Fill a bowl with soap and water. Swirl your brushes to remove residue and work up a lather. Rinse the bristles under running water. Repeat the process until the water becomes clear.
- Gently wring out the bristles with a lint free cloth. Lay it flat to dry. A better option is to place your brushes in a drying rack (not touching the counter or table) with its bristles facing down. They need to be facing down so that water won’t run down the metal parts of the brush and cause rusting.
- If the bristles are no longer soft and residue is visible to the naked eye, that means it’s just the right time to buy some brushes.
- Ideally, your applicators and makeup brushes should be cleaned once a week.
- Place a drop of olive oil on the brush to remove caked-up makeup in the bristles.
- Makeup brushes should be cleaned after each use and should be stored in closed containers once dried.
Do you have more tips on how to maintain your brushes? Share them with us!
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