Every time you use your makeup brushes, they literally get dirty as oil from your skin and gunk from your makeup collect in the bristles. Not to mention the millions of germs and bacteria in the air that you can do nothing to protect against. If you do not clean your makeup brushes regularly, the dirt will transfer on to your skin, clog your pores, and cause you to break out. So it is really important to use makeup brush cleaner to get rid of those impurities. Once every two weeks or so should do.
Which Makeup Brush Cleaner Should I Use?
I’ll be honest with you – it’s not that important. You can buy makeup brush cleaner off the shelf at the supermarket or you can make your own at home. It’s really just a matter of personal preference.
I like to make my own cleaner recipes at home. You just need some warm water and a gentle cleaning agent like shampoo or soap. Just make sure that the cleaning agent is oil-free.
How Do I Clean My Brushes?
Find a container that will hold all your brushes lying down. If you do not have one, a cup that will contain the bristles of the brushes will do too. Pour enough water into the container so that the brushes can be fully immersed in it. About two inches should cut it. Add some makeup remover and a bit of liquid soap to the water.
Soak your makeup brushes in this solution for about five to ten minutes, longer if it’s been awhile since you cleaned your brushes. Keep the water in motion by swishing it around with your finger every few seconds. You will see the makeup gunk stuck and dirt in the bristles start to come loose. It’s gross, but better in the water than on your face, right?
Now put a little bit of the brush cleaner in the palm of your hand and gently swirl a brush in it. Keep doing this until no more makeup is coming off. Now rinse the brush with warm water.
Squeeze out excess water with your hand and lay down the brush on a couple of paper towels. The paper will absorb the extra water that will not come off with your hands.
How Do I Dry My makeup Brushes?
Do not make the mistake of using a blow dryer to dry your brushes. Leave them out to dry on their own. If possible, hang upside down with the bristles pointing to the floor. This will allow the water trapped in the bristles to drip out gradually.
If you cannot hang them up, put them on the edge of the dresser with the bristles over the edge. Gravity will do its job and pull the water out of the bristles.
Simple, isn’t it? These ridiculously easy steps are all you need to take to prolong the life of your makeup brushes and protect your skin from harmful bacteria and clogged pores.