Have you ever thought of cleaning your makeup brushes on a regular basis? Many of us answers would be a no, as it will take more time and no time to do. But cleaning your makeup brushes is a very mandatory thing, as the makeup powders and oils will be clinging on to the brushes, and when they are left as it is, it will become a breeding place for bacteria and viruses. When they are used without cleaning, it might cause skin allergies, irritations, and acne. They will not only affect your skin health but also spoil your make up accessories on which you had invested lots of money. This article gives deep insight into tips for cleaning the makeup brushes in the following sections.
Tips for cleaning the makeup brushes
Use running Luke warm water for cleaning
Mostly foundation brushes and powder brushes will be used very frequently in casual makeup looks. So, you have to clean those daily usage brushes at least one or two times a week to save your skin from acne and irritation. Brushes used to eye makeup for Eyelashes, eyes, and concealers have to be cleaned two-weeks once. Other makeup brushes can be cleaned once in a month, as they will be used only for occasions.
So, now you all will be doubting how to clean them? The cleaning process is very easy. You need to first wash the brush with plain lukewarm water. You should hold your brush upside down while washing because, if you hold it straight, the water will get inside the brush and will loosen the glue, and your brush might get removed from the holder if you repeat the same process regularly. Do not use very hot water. Clean every brush bristles for a thorough cleaning process.
Use liquid soap or baby shampoo for cleaning.
After washing in running Lukewarm water, take a bowl and pour one tablespoon of baby shampoo or some sort of liquid soap. After this, make a swirl of the makeup brush and gently press the brush for two-three times to squeeze out the dirt. After this, wash the brush in running water until dirt and soap are washed away. Now pat the brush with a towel to remove moisture and dry it; keep on a table in a lying position. Before drying, makes sure you had reshaped the brush to its original shape. After drying, fluff the brush, and now the clean brush is ready to use.
Use oil for cream-based brushes
If you are using your makeup brush for applying creams for bridal makeup, then you need to clean those brushes with olive oil or almond oil instead of using soap and water, as soaps may make the brush still worse. So, add few drops of oil to the cloth and swirl the brush around in the cloth and then move back and forth to remove cream from the brush. Now using Luke warm water and liquid soap, follow the cleaning process as discussed in Tip No.2.
Do not keep your makeup brush in an upright position.
To dry your makeup brush, avoid keeping in an upright position because the water will get stored in the brush handle, making it rusty. Just lay the brush on a flat surface; after drying, store your brush in an upright position.
Do not use a hairdryer
Some of you might be using a hairdryer for fastening up the drying process. But it will damage your makeup brush as the dryer might release excess hot air.
Always store your makeup brushes properly
After cleaning your makeup brush, dry them by keeping them on a flat surface and well-ventilated area. After drying, store in a cup in an upright position so that the bristles will not degrade its shape. You can also store in a case, in horizontal shape, which will be easy to carry also.
Use vinegar water as a disinfectant
Apart from cleaning, disinfecting your makeup brush is very important, as it will avoid the breeding of bacteria over your brushes. So, vinegar acts as a good disinfectant to your brush. Take water and vinegar in a 2:1 ratio. Now dip your brush and swirl around. Make sure you do not dip your brush deeply, as the glue that attaches the brush and handle might dissolve. Then pat in a towel and pat it dry before using.
Make sure when to discard your brush
There is no time like you need to use your makeup brush for this many months or years. Once if you start noticing that your brush bristles are breaking or fraying, it’s time to replace your brush.
Use assorted tools
There are many tools in the market for cleaning your brush. There are tools for cleaning oily brush, eye-brushes, foundation brushes, and lots more. Use an appropriate product to ease the cleaning process.
These are all the tips to be followed to clean the makeup brushes to avoid breeding bacteria in the brush and making your skin prone to infections.