Lionesse on How to Properly Care for Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes drying on the counter

When it comes to caring for your makeup brushes, you can keep it simple and get great results. The best part is, if you get into a daily routine, you will extend the life of your brushes and keep your face free from bacteria and infection for a long time to come.

Makeup brushes come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Each brush serves an individual purpose. Some brushes contour, while others are meant for highlighting. There are concealer brushes, lipstick application brushes, loose powder brushes, bronzing brushes, blush brushes, brushes to create smoky eyes, and et cetera. While the list goes on, there is one basic method for cleaning them that will work every time – no matter the type of brush you need to clean.


Cleaning Your Brushes

For a daily cleaning regimen, there will be no need to deep clean or even to use any water. After you apply your makeup and are ready to clean your brushes, you will take a soft cloth – maybe a facial tissue or a white washcloth – and sweep your brush gently over the cloth back and forth, as though you were painting a wall. You want to ensure you do this gently to keep from damaging the bristles or causing knots within the fibers of the bristles. As a top, treat your brush as you would treat your own hair. Once the color stops coming out of the brush, you are finished. Doing this daily will keep your brushes free from debris and bacteria until you deep clean your brushes once per week.

For a weekly deep clean, you don’t need to use anything expensive or specially designed for brush cleaners.  For those who like to use what they have around the house, baby shampoo, sensitive skin cleansing wash such as Cetaphil, or a white moisturizing beauty bar such as Dove or Olay will do just the trick.

First, you will need to wet the brush’s fibers. Be extremely careful not to get water into the wooden handle or under the metal portion of the brush, as this can cause the glue to separate from the brush – rendering your brushes useless and destined for the trashcan.

Second, squirt about a dime sized portion of the baby shampoo (recommended) into the palm of your hand, and dip the brush into the shampoo. If using a beauty bar, rub the brush back and forth over the bar until the bristles are well coated. From there, you will run the brush back and forth over the palm of your hand, watching as you paint the color from the brush onto your palm. This is how you know the cleaning process is working well.

Once the bristles have expelled a decent amount of color onto your palm, rinse the bristles in running water. Again, be very careful not to introduce any water to the metallic portion of the brush. Dry the bristles by using a soft cloth and squeezing the water from the bristles. Take a damp cloth and wipe the handle of the brush. Then, lay on a soft, dry cloth on the counter and allow the bristles air exposure by letting them stick out from the counter to dry – but, be sure to reshape them before allowing to dry. They will be ready for use the next day.

Cleaning your brushes is so very important to avoid skin infections from the bacteria harbored within the bristles. Also, acne is a factor caused by unclean makeup brushes. Proper care of your brushes will prolong the life of your brush, and ultimately save you money.


Storage of Brushes


You should always store your brushes handle down, bristle up in a container of some sort. You can buy containers specifically made to hold makeup brushes, or you can make one of your own. This will keep your brushes from being contaminated with surrounding bacteria, keep them clean, and keep them from falling and or breaking.

Replacing your makeup brushes every 3-4 months is recommended.



It Just Makes Sense

Properly caring for your makeup brushes is, in essence, extremely easy. Getting into the hang of cleaning and caring for them might take a bit of getting used to, but your face – and your purse – will thank you in the long run.

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