One thing that seems to make up, but often gets overlooked in a makeup lover’s routine is cleaning the brushes that are used to apply makeup. When you cannot go a week without washing your hands, then why would you wait so long with your makeup brushes?
Cleaning your makeup brushes is one of the most important parts of your makeup routine and must be followed religiously, as regular cleaning ensures that your makeup looks great every time you put it on, and also prevents bacteria from building up on the brushes which will penetrate into your face.
Try to wash your brushes as often as you can. Depending upon the nature of makeup products certain brushes need to be cleaned more often than others. Brushes used for powders like eye shadows and loose or pressed powders should ideally be cleaned at least once a week and brushes used for creams, concealers and liquid foundations should be cleaned daily or after each use. These brushes in particular can build up a lot of bacteria very quickly due to the nature of the product and natural oil from your skin that settles into the bristles of the brush.
So what are you waiting for, here is a stepwise procedure for you to maintain hygiene in makeup brushes at home.
Step 1: Rinse bristles under warm water.
Step 2: Fill a bowl with water, adding a dollop or a spoonful of shampoo to the water. Now swirl the brush tips in the water.
Step 3: Swirl the brush in your palm, working up lather. This friction will help get any hard-to-reach dirt. Now rinse the brush tip under running water until the shampoo is cleaned off.
Step 4: Towel dry brushes with a cloth.
Step 6: Dry the brushes downwards as drying the brushes standing upright will cause moisture to seep into the glue that holds the bristles and can lead the hairs to fall out. It will take at least a few hours for the brushes to dry, however, leave them to dry overnight for better results.
Here are a few makeup brush cleaners that can be made at home.
- Take 250ml of distilled water or bottled water. Pour it into a jug or pitcher.
- Add 50ml of alcohol and 1/2 a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid soap into the same jug.
- Now add 1/2 a tablespoon of mild shampoo or baby shampoo and 1 tablespoon conditioner into this jug and stir well using a chopstick or something similar to it.
- Finally, pour the whole contents into a spray bottle and you’ve got a brush cleanser ready to use.
- Take 1 cup of hot water in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar into it.
- Dip your brushes into this wonder solution, swirl and rinse off.
Dab, Scrub and Dip:
- Dab the brush in olive oil and swipe with a towel.
- Scrub the bristles of the brush with your fingers in a mixture of liquid soap and warm water.
- Dip the brush in white vinegar a few times and wash well with hot water.
Cleanser using Tea tree oil:
- Fill a bowl with warm water and add baby shampoo and 3/4 drops of tea tree oil.
- Place the brushes inside the mix and rub gently with your forefinger and thumb or spread & twist across your palm for about 2 minutes or more.
- Rinse until water is clear and shape them back into their original shape if disfiguration has occurred.
- Finally, place them on a lint-less cloth and let them air dry.
Since we have discussed a lot about cleaning the makeup brushes, let’s now proceed further and elaborate on how to maintain them in a good condition. Maintaining your makeup brushes properly helps to prolong the lifespan of them and gets your face makeup closer to perfection.
- Do not boil the makeup brushes. Boiling your makeup brushes will not sterilize them, it will only ruin them, especially if the handles are made of rubber or plastic.
- Always keep using make up brushes away from new ones during storage. The residue of dirt and bacteria could be transferred from one brush to the other making even your new brushes dirty. You can try and store them separately in different bags or glass jars.
- Keep your make up brushes away from direct sunlight. The heat could damage them.
- Segregate your make up. Keep the brushes used for liquid to make up away from those used for powdered make up.
- Never blow dry your makeup brushes as they might get damaged permanently.
- Always re-shape your brushes after you’ve washed them. Your brushes will dry in the shape they are left in after a wash, so remember to shape them into the shape you expect them to be in when you use them the next time.