Cleaning your makeup brushes is something that needs to be done on a regular basis. Not only will it save your investment into your brushes, helps keep skin healthy too.
Dirty cosmetic brushes are filled with bacteria and other debris. You don’t want to put that onto your skin. In fact, this could be one factor contributing to acne.
Cleaning your makeup brushes is recommended to do so once a week or so. Even if you can’t do that frequency, do what you can. Using a daily brush cleaning spray will help.
It will take your cosmetic brushes several hours to dry. Clean your cosmetic brushes either morning or evening after they’ve been used, to give ample drying time.
Why do we need to clean makeup brushes?
1. Clean brushes helps keep your cosmetics from getting contaminated with dirt, bacteria, skin oils and cells.
2. Protects the investment you made in your brushes.
3. Helps to protect your face from breakouts and clogged pores associated with skin oil and cells, debris and bacteria.
All of these reasons are good ones to step up to regular cleaning routine. It will save you money, time and your skin’s complexion. When cleaning your makeup brushes, be sure to clean your beauty sponges as well.
To clean your beauty sponges, rinse with warm running water. Add a drop of Dawn dish soap, then squeeze and work into the sponge. Rinse with running warm water until the water runs clear. Place on a clean towel to dry.
Supplies needed for cleaning your makeup brushes
- Dawn dishwashing soap
- Hair conditioner (optional)
- Brand new kitchen sponge
- Olive oil
- Paper towels
- Clean towel
- Clear nail polish (optional)
- Rubbing alcohol
Take the brush you want to wash and gently wet it with warm water. Take care not to get the metal part of the brush wet. If it gets wet, it can shorten the life of your brush. Water could rust the inside of the brush and loosen the glue holding the bristles.
Gently squeeze out the excess water and start rubbing the brush on the sponge with Dawn. Brush and swirl, then rinse under running warm (not hot) top water. Try not to get the metal portion wet. Rinse until the water runs clear.
You may need to swirl the brush around in your hand some to help spread out the bristles to get it thoroughly rinsed. If you want to, add a drop or two of hair conditioner then massage into the bristles. Rinse thoroughly again. Gently squeeze out the excess water and lay flat to dry. Do not set them upright to dry, as this draws water into the metal holder of the brush.
For any brushes that have thick, sticky makeup on them, like ones used for gel eyeliners, lipsticks or foundation, pour a little olive oil onto a paper towel. Swirl these brushes in the olive oil first, then rub onto the paper towel to break up the product. Now wash using the same method above.
Take another paper towel and apply some rubbing alcohol on it. Wipe down your brush handles. Often times, these get overlooked.
Here’s an optional care step for your makeup brushes. When they are completely dry, take clear nail polish and paint some on the brush’s manufacturer info and brush numbers. This preserves that data from wearing off. It will help you if you ever need to find another identical brush.
This is also a good time to throw out old brushes that are falling apart. Brushes you simply don’t like, go ahead replace them. I also got this cute makeup brush organizer to hold my nice clean brushes in.
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There you have it, tips for cleaning your makeup brushes. It feels so great to have these nice, clean makeup brushes staring back at you, just waiting to be used again.
By Valerie Garner
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