Makeup brushes are necessary instruments for applying makeup, but if they are not cleaned on a regular basis, they can harbour dirt, oil, bacteria, and other pollutants. Maintaining healthy skin and preventing breakouts requires keeping your makeup brushes clean and fresh. We’ll go over some strategies for keeping your makeup brushes clean and fresh in this blog post.
Why Clean Your Makeup Brushes?
Let’s talk about the significance of cleaning your makeup brushes before we get into the how-tos. Your makeup brushes come into touch with your skin and gather bacteria, oils, and dead skin cells over time, which can irritate your skin and lead to breakouts, acne, and other skin problems. Moreover, transferring bacteria and germs with the use of used brushes increases your risk of contracting diseases.
Maintaining your brushes clean and clear of debris can help them last longer and continue to work at their peak efficiency. Moreover, makeup accumulation, which can result in streaking, patchiness, and uneven coverage, can be avoided with regular cleaning.
How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?
The frequency of cleaning your makeup brushes will depend on how often you use them. Brushes that are used daily, such as foundation and powder brushes, should be cleaned at least once a week. Brushes used for creams or liquid products, such as concealer and blush brushes, should be cleaned to prevent product buildup after each use.
Brushes used for eye makeup, such as eyeliner and eyeshadow brushes, can be cleaned after two to three uses. However, if you have sensitive eyes or allergies, cleaning them after each use is best to prevent irritation.
How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Now that we’ve discussed the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes and how often you should do it let’s dive into the steps you can take to keep your brushes clean and fresh.
Step 1: Gather Your Cleaning Supplies
You’ll need some basic cleaning supplies to clean your brushes. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Gentle cleanser or brush cleaner: You can use mild soap or a specialized brush cleaner to clean your brushes. Avoid using harsh detergents, which can damage the bristles.
- Bowl or sink: You’ll need a bowl or sink to fill with lukewarm water.
- Towel or paper towels: You’ll need a towel or paper towels to dry your brushes after cleaning.
Step 2: Wet Your Brushes
Run your brushes under lukewarm water, avoiding getting water above the metal ferrule, which can loosen the glue and cause shedding. Gently squeeze the bristles to remove excess water.
Step 3: Clean Your Brushes
Put a small amount of cleanser or brush cleaner in your palm or in a bowl. Swirl the brush bristles in the cleanser until the bristles are fully coated. Be sure to work the cleanser into the bristles to remove all traces of makeup and dirt.
Step 4: Rinse Your Brushes
Hold your brushes under running water, and continue to swirl the bristles in your palm or in the bowl until the water runs clear. Gently squeeze the bristles to remove excess water.
Step 5: Dry Your Brushes
Lay your brushes flat on a towel or paper towel to dry. Do not stand them upright; water can seep into the handle and loosen the glue. It’s best to dry your brushes overnight to ensure they’re fully dry before using them again.