Show your brushes some loveNovember 22, 2017
All of your holy grail beauty products mean nothing if you’re just going to slap makeup on your face with brushes hoarding weeks worth of foundation and eyeshadow. Just as you wash your face regularly (hopefully), your makeup tools should receive the same love and attention!
I hate to break it to you, but your latest, recurring breakout may have those dirty brushes and sponges to blame.
It’s simple. When you don’t wash your brushes, they can accumulate bacteria, dust, and dirt, aka dirty brushes become breeding grounds for yucky bacteria!
Considering most women clean their brushes less than once a month, you’re not alone if this hypothetical hits a little too close to home. So how do we clean them? Find out below!
What should you use to clean your makeup brushes?
The best (and most thorough) method for cleaning your tools requires only water and either a gentle soap (regular soap formulas can dry out the brush’s bristles, especially if they are made of natural hair) or brush cleanser. (Easy!)
How do you actually clean the brushes?
Follow these seven steps for cleaner, good-as-new brushes and blenders.
- Wet the bristles with lukewarm water.
- Place a drop of makeup brush cleanser or soap into the palm of your hand.
- Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm.
- Rinse the bristles.
- Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
- Reshape the brush head.
- Mid-wash, keep the base of the brush head away from soap and water. The bristles are glued to the base, and water and detergent can cause the glue to disintegrate and the bristles to come loose and shed. Do not dry vertically — this will cause water to leak into the ferrule [the piece that joins the bristles to the wand], which will also loosen the glue and lead to bristle loss.
- Let brushes dry on a clean towel in a bright area. The UV light will help sanitise! Never let your brushes dry on a wet towel or under a hair dryer— this will do more damage than good!
So before heading to the hairdresser for your Spring/summer makeover, stop and show your makeup brushes some love. And moving forward, they need your cleaning attention weekly!
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