I believe makeup is an art. It increases the aesthetic value of the face. To get a professional look I often use professional makeup brushes. I am one of those who are highly hygiene conscious, so I make washing and cleaning makeup brushes my priority after use. As brushes have direct contact with the facial skin its important that brushes are free from germs and bacteria. Also I safeguard myself by always using my set of makeup brushes.
Knack of Cleaning Makeup Brushes
Well, cleaning brushes is an art which you need to get it right if you want a long life for your brushes. You can do this in your home too with ingredients easily available in your home. Here are some tips for you:
- Take some lukewarm water and soak your brush for a minute. Bristles should be pointing down so that the handle is safe from water, else the water may enter the handle and it may go in the glue which may cause your brush to break.
- Apply some sanitizer on your hands. This will ensure that your hands are bacteria free. Now you can take any cleaning agent like a mild soap or a baby shampoo or makeup remover solution (preferably oil free) on your index and middle fingers.
- Take the brush out from the lukewarm water and gently massage it with the cleaning agent on your fingers. Do not be harsh with the bristles or they might break. Make sure to keep the brush flat tampered by being gentle to it. Any rough usage will cause irreparable damage to the brush.
- After you are done with rubbing the cleaning agent, rinse it with fresh water. In case you see the water gets colored, repeat the cleaning process once again. You need to repeat this till the water is discolored while rinsing.
- Squeeze the brush gently to remove excess water. The method to squeeze is from the ferrule down to the bristles of the brush.
- The next step will be to disinfect the brush. Pour an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) disinfectant in a bowl. Soak only the bristles of the brush into it just for about 1 to 2 minutes. The disinfectant will kill any bacteria, fungi or germs instantly making it 100% safe for you to use.
- It’s advisable to use a disinfectant only when you feel that it is absolutely essential. Disinfectants lack conditioning agents, so this may make the bristles of your brush stiff and dry.
- You can rinse the brush once again with clear water. Allow it to dry the whole night on a dry towel. It’s always better to let the bristles hang loose while drying.
After going through this article, I am sure you will agree with me that cleaning makeup brushes is an art which requires a deep understanding. You can give a long life span to your brushes with this and enjoy perfect flawless skin at the same time. Try it to believe it.
If you know better ways to clean the brush, or if you wish to add to the list, trust me, I am all ears for it.