How To Clean Your Make Up Brushes

July 27, 2017 16:52
How To Clean Your Make Up Brushes

How To Clean Your Make Up Brushes:- We have some good news for all the make up maniacs! In this article, let us know how to clean your make up brushes, since a new study has found that we all are washing our make up brushes way too much, and then you are about to be let down.

Like flossing, working out, and all the other boring, but very important things in life, cleaning our makeup tools is something we need to get serious about. Undoubtedly, you must have heard how important keeping your brushes is. How dirty brushes can keep your makeup from going on smoothly, how pore-clogging dirt and oil accumulate on them and get spread back onto your skin, how bacteria and fungi build up and can lead to acne, pink eye, and even staph infections.

Cleaning brushes

Cleaning your brushes is always such a hassle. You do not have the time to wait for them to dry and they always seem to start shedding or get out of shape after you clean them. You do not want to ruin your carefully curated brush collection, you do not want to smear gross brushes all over your face either. Here are some essential tips on how to clean your make up brushes.

What should A Beauty lover Do?

1) Clean The Brush

Clean The Brush

The first step in best practices for brush cleaning is to choose the right cleanser. Whether you are using natural or synthetic bristle brushes, those bristles are delicate and just like your own hair, they can start to break down and fray if they are treated too harshly.

2) Rinse-Free Formulas

Rinse Free Formulas

If you are a professional make up artist, opt for rinse-free formulas, as you could be constantly using your brushes. Generally, Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser, Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner are advisable.

Makeup Brush Cleaner

If you are a clean-on-the-go type, or you just do not have the patience to wait on wet brushes for hours, these instant-dry formulas which use oil-derivatives to break up sebum and makeup residue may be exactly what you need to get onto a better brush cleaning regimen.

3) Alcohol-Based Products 

Alcohol Based Products

Just make sure to keep an eye on the ingredients list: some formulas throw in alcohol to ward off bacteria and speed up the dry time, but just like alcohol-based products can leave your hair moisture-starved and split-prone, overusing alcohol-based brush cleaners can shorten the life of your makeup brush bristles, too.

4) Use Rinse-Out Cleansers

Rinse Out Cleansers

For most of us, daily brush cleaning is a little excessive. If you are just using your brushes on yourself, you should clean them at least once a week to prevent dirt and bacteria from building up and causing blemishes. So, for weekly cleansing you can go the more traditional route with a rinse-out cleanser.

Lots of beauty brands make their own specialty brush cleansers such as BareMinerals I.D. Well-Cared For Brush Conditioning Shampoo. But if you are looking to trim the bottles in your bathroom down to multi-taskers, a mild facial cleanser like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser or gentle shampoo like Shea Moisture Raw Shea Chamomile and Argan Oil Baby Head-to-Toe Wash and Shampoo will also get the job done.

5) Vinegar Soaks

Vinegar Soaks

As for those “deep-cleaning” tips you can use vinegar soaks It is best to give those a pass. It is not harmful to brushes, but it is not ideal either. Vinegar is a multi-purpose cleanser, too harsh and drying for the care of your makeup brushes. Dry brush fibers will not apply makeup flawlessly.

6) Make Up Technique

Make Up Technique

No matter what type of formula you settle on, technique is key. To prevent fraying, work your cleanser into your brush in the same direction as the bristles, swirling lightly. You do not  need much pressure into the palm of your hand or over a textured cleansing mat like Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette.

Scrubbing brushes against the grain can open the cuticles of natural bristles and break off synthetic ones, both of which will leave you with scraggly brushes that do not work as well.

7) Water Less Formula

Water Less Formula

If you are using a waterless formula, wipe the bristles off on a clean towel or paper towel and repeat until there is no color coming out of the brush. For traditional formulas, rinse brushes until the water runs clear and there are no more soap suds. Shake or gently squeeze out the excess water or cleanser, then mold them back into their proper shape. Skip out on that and you will end up with weird, misshapen brushes until your next cleaning.

8) Drying


Another pivotal step in good brush maintenance? Drying. Brush bristles are held on primarily with glue. When liquid lingers on the brush, it can seep up the bristles into the glue and start unsticking it, which in turn makes your brushes shed. To prevent that, dry your brushes by laying them flat on an absorbent towel, or fully exposed to air. Or go all out and opt for a brush drying stand like Sigma Beauty Dry’n Shape Tower which holds brushes upside down as they dry and softly squeezes out excess liquid, so no errant drips slip back up into the brush.

Once dry, store your brushes in a case with individual holders like the Sephora Collection - Sephora Pro Easel which folds over into its own stand or upright in a chic glass or empty candle holder to keep the bristles in good condition; preferably tucked inside of your medicine cabinet where dust and other contaminants like hairspray or perfume do not accidentally collect on them.

Brushes Drying


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