How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Makeup Brushes

One of the steps makeup wearers tend to put on the back burner is cleaning their makeup brushes. The majority of women wear makeup up every day, or at least a few times a week, which means your brushes are in constant use. Using your brushes regularly puts them at risk of not only picking and developing different types of bacteria but also wearing them out. Cleaning your makeup brushes at least once a week is just as important as brushing your teeth. It’ll help them to last longer and keep bacteria at bay.

Why Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

There are several reasons why your makeup brushes should be cleaned at least once a week. First and most importantly, they can carry bacteria. Your skin sheds dead skin cells on a daily basis, which get caught in your brushes, as well as an array of bacteria particles that stick to the skin in everyday life. These bacteria, along with the natural oils from your skin, are transferred to your makeup brushes every time you use them, so imagine the build-up of bacteria on the brushes after a week of use. Also, if you are a makeup artist and using your brushes on different clients every day, their bacteria is being transferred between clients, which can lead to nasty infections if your makeup brushes are not cleaned properly.

Another reason for making sure your brushes are cleaned every week is that they aren’t cheap, particularly good makeup brushes. By cleaning them and looking after them well, your brushes will enjoy a long and lasting life, without having to be replaced very often. Clean brushes also make for better makeup application. Clean brushes have softer bristles with any makeup build-up and, therefore, provide a smoother and cleaner application of makeup. There is nothing worse than applying makeup and ending up with streaky, lumpy makeup because your brushes aren’t clean!

Here are a few ways to clean them and make sure they are in tip-top shape for your next makeup applications. What You Will Need for Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes:-
  • Liquid Soap, such as Johnson’s Baby Shampoo or antibacterial soap
  • Olive Oil or Almond Oil / Tea Tree Oil
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cotton Pad
How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Step 1:
  • Wash the bristles of your makeup brush with soap and oil. One part soap and one part oil in a bowl. The function of the soap is to break down the makeup residue that has built up in the brush, while the oil conditions the brushes to leave them silky soft, and smooth.
  • Wet the bristles of the brush in with lukewarm water and swirl the brush into the bowl of oil and water. Scrub the bristles of the brush while they are in the mixture, making sure to remove any excess makeup that has built up on the bristles.

Expert tip! Mix a couple drops of tea tree oil with the shampoo. Tea Tree Oil has excellent antiseptic benefits to help kill any lurking bacteria and also leaves the brushes with a pleasant smell.

  • Once the bristles are free from all makeup residue, rinse the bristles of the brush in warm water, squeeze out any excess water gently from the brush and stand them up to air dry for at least six to eight hours as this will help them to retain their shape.

Expert tip! Another way to keep bristles soft is to dry the brushes over an air-conditioner or with a hairdryer.

Step 2: Clean the handle
  • While the bristles of the brush might hold all the residue makeup, the handle of the brush is where a lot of bacteria gather and it is important to clean the handle thoroughly as well. To clean the handle of your makeup brushes, pour some rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad and gently swipe over the handle a few times, making sure the alcohol gets into all the nooks and crannies. The rubbing alcohol will not only clean the handle but also disinfect it for future use!

Expert tip! When using synthetic makeup brushes, rub some hand sanitizer into the bristles of the brush and along the handle after every as this will kill any bacteria on the brushes and prevent bacteria from sticking to the brush.

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