If you’re like me, you probably love your makeup brushes. However, cleaning makeup brushes is one of those mundane tasks that most of us hate doing.
You’d be surprised at how many people don’t clean their brushes for months or years. Through daily use, harmful bacteria, dirt, and dead skin cells can accumulate in a brush.
Knowing how to clean makeup brushes correctly will ensure that your brushes last longer and makeup go on smoother. If you don’t wash makeup brushes regularly, let me tell you exactly why you must include in your routine.
- Makeup brushes build up bacteria: Dirty makeup brushes are a breeding place for bacteria. If you are using dirty brushes on your face, then you are basically slathering all these bacteria onto your whole face.
- Better makeup application: Clean brushes can help you apply makeup precisely. Caked up makeup on your brushes can be ineffective and cause streaks in your foundation.
- Makeup brushes are costly: Makeup products are expensive and this is especially true for makeup brushes. When you are spending so much money on a single makeup brush, you must take care of them as much as you can to ensure they last long.
Ways to clean your Makeup Brushes
Below we mentioned three different ways to clean up your brushes which you use on regular basis for the makeup.
1. Washing makeup brushes with Baby Shampoo
Brushes used for powder-based makeup can be easily cleaned with this method.
- Firstly, Run the brush bristles under lukewarm water.
- Then fill a small bowl with some lukewarm water. You must avoid using hot water, as it can damage the bristles.
- Add some baby shampoo to the water and gently stir to combine.
- Dip the brush into the mixture and let it soak for a short while. Make sure that only the lower part of the bristles is in the mixture to avoid water going up the handle.
- Loosen up the makeup product and dirt by gently massaging the bristles with your fingers.
- Again, rinse the bristles under lukewarm water and keep on to massaging the bristles until the brush is completely clean.
- Pat the bristles dry using a towel to get rid of some of the moisture. Fold the towel around the wet bristles and gently squeeze out as much water from the brush as you can.
- Make sure to reshape the bristles into their original shape before air-drying them.
- Lay the brushes flat on any surface and let them air dry.
- Once the brushes are completely dry, they are again ready to use.
2. Washing Makeup Brushes with oil and Baby Shampoo
If you have used your brush for cream based makeup, then water and soap alone won’t be sufficient to remove the makeup product. You will require some oil to help loosen the dried makeup. You can use olive or almond oil for this.
- Dip the bristles of the brush into the oil but don’t soak the brush in the oil.
- Very lightly run the brush back and forth across the towel, it’ll help loosen the dirt and makeup product.
- Now, run the bristles of the brushes under lukewarm water.
- Squeeze some baby shampoo onto your palm and swirl the brush in your palm.
- Put the bristles of the brush into the shampoo in your palm.
- Gently swirl the brush in circular motions. You will observe that the shampoo in your palm has become grimy.
- Use your fingers to massage the bristles as you rinse the shampoo.
- Pat the bristles dry and reshape them if required.
- Lay the brush flat to dry, letting the bristles stick out over the edge of the counter.
- Some of the bristles stay stuck together, even after they have dried. If this happens, give the bristles a brisk flick to fluff them up again.
3. Washing makeup brushes with dish soap only
- Pick any anti-bacterial dish washing soap or liquid body wash. A small pea-sized amount in your palm should be enough.
- Dip the brush into it, and then run it back and forth in your palm, letting the brush to mix with the soap.
- Keep repeating this until you can see product color coming out in the lather. Then, rinse the bristles with clean water.
- Repeat this process if there is still product left on the brush. Sometimes, you may have to clean a brush more than once to get it absolutely dirt-free.
- Make sure you do not leave the brushes in the water for more than an hour because it can mess with the shape of the brush.
Taking care of your brushes and keeping them hygienic
Knowing how often you should clean your makeup brushes. Here are some tips for cleaning your brushes based on the kind of bristles they are made of:
- Clean natural hair brushes weekly– It includes brushes used for applying powered products, such as eye shadows and bronzers.
- Clean synthetic brushes every other day– It includes brushes used for applying for cream and water-based makeup, such as lipstick, foundation, and eyeliner.
Tip: Ensure that the brushes are not kept in upright position while drying them. Chances are that the water will run down the inside of the ferrule and weaken the glue that holds your brushes together.