If you are like most women that use makeup on a daily basis, you are sure to have a lot of makeup brushes and sponges on your arsenal. After all, the right brushes and sponges can make make-up application a breeze. One thing you need to understand about your brushes though is that those things are, quite frankly, disgusting. It doesn’t matter if you use the really expensive brushes or use cheaper ones – makeup brushes harbor millions of bacteria and if you do not wash them they can cause acne and pimple breakouts or even skin infections. Luckily, cleaning makeup brushes is a breeze especially if you know what to do and have the right cleaning agents.
For those of you who have plans of cleaning makeup brushes, you first have to know what kind of brushes you have. Animal hair brushes require different washing techniques as opposed to synthetic brushes. You need to be careful because you do not want anything bad to happen especially to your more pricey brushes. Below are some tips that you may want to follow when cleaning your makeup brushes.
Tips to follow
Always have a cleaning schedule for your brushes. Most people say that it is best to clean your brushes every two weeks. However, brushes that you use for your eyes (like eyeliner brushes) should be washed every day. They are quite small so cleaning them should not be a problem for you.
The next thing you need to keep in mind is what to use to clean your brushes. Obviously, water alone will not do it and using alcohol can dry up your natural hair brushes. You may try to buy some swanky brush cleaning solutions but if you are on a budget, baby shampoo will do. You may even use mild hand soap if you do not have any baby shampoo.
When you wash your brushes, you want to work your way from the base to the tip. Swirl the brush in lukewarm water and massage the tiniest drop of your chosen cleaning agent. Massage the bristles gently (do not squeeze!) because you do not want to hurt the brush. Another thing you want to keep in mind is to keep the ferrule dry because the water may damage the glue. Rinse the brush and repeat the process again and again until the water runs clear. This way you are sure that it is free of all makeup build up and germs.
Once you are done rinsing, you should dry your brushes by rubbing them gently on a clean towel or some paper towels. You can then put them down and wait for them to dry some more. If you wish to hasten the drying time, you can turn on your blow dryer on cool and aim it at the brushes at the lowest setting. You do not want to use the hot setting as this may melt the glue and damage your brushes.
So you see, cleaning makeup brushes is cheap and easy! Clean yours today and prevent bacteria build-up.