How to clean make-up brushes

Cleaning your makeup brushes is very important. Here are some makeup brush cleaners and helpful tips for how to wash your makeup brushes. Read on for more!

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Key Steps for Cleaning Makeup Brushes:

  • Make up brushes need to be cleaned on a regular basis otherwise they can harbour dirt and oil which gets transferred onto your skin.
  • You can use household products such as dishwashing liquid or shampoo to clean makeup brushes effectively.
  • A hair conditioner can be used to moisturise the brush bristles.

Have you ever wondered how to wash makeup brushes, or even why you need to wash them? Most of us either forget about cleaning makeup brushes, or simply ignore the fact that it needs to be done, but it’s actually a very important task and should be undertaken once per week as part of your regular cleaning schedule.

If you have problem skin or acne, you may want to clean your makeup brushes more often than usual. You can simply use products you already have at home – such as dishwashing liquid – to do a deep clean that is quick and easy.

Why Do I Need to Clean Makeup Brushes?

You may be surprised to hear this, but makeup does go bad eventually, and all those particles of foundation and powdered blush that are caught up in your brush will start to rot over time. Makeup brushes also pick up natural oils from the face every time they’re used and accumulate dust and dirt particles from the air when they’re sitting on the counter or stuffed in your makeup bag. This means that every time your makeup brush touches your face, you’re transferring old makeup, dust, dirt, and oil onto your skin. That’s not a nice thought! Learning how to wash makeup brushes is easy, and can help protect your skin from germs and bacteria.

What Makeup Brush Cleaner Do I Need?

When it comes to choosing a makeup brush cleaner, you have loads of choices. Some women like to make the process as quick and efficient as possible and choose a store-bought, specialist brush cleaner. These are often produced by major cosmetics brands and are widely available. However, you may prefer a more natural technique.

Plain old water is good, but you’ll want to use a cleaning product as well to remove greasy residue. Choose something that’s relatively mild, and preferably oil-free to prevent more oil from being added to the brush. An oil-free facial cleanser, regular dishwashing liquid, or shampoo are all good choices. However, don’t use a specialist shampoo such as an anti-dandruff or a colour-enhancing product. It’s best to use something gentle, such as a baby and toddler shampoo. A hair conditioner is also good for moisturising the brush after it’s been cleaned. Remember to test any cleaning solution, whether it be a commercial cleaner or a natural remedy, on a small area first to make sure it doesn’t cause any damage.

Easy Steps for Cleaning Makeup Brushes

Many women don’t know how to clean makeup brushes and find the idea a bit daunting, but it’s so simple. It’s important to remember that getting your brushes wet won’t harm them, so don’t be afraid of using a good amount of water! Though, don’t soak the entire brush in water – you want to avoid getting the handle or the metal bit of the brush too wet, as this might harm the glue that holds the bristles together.

  • If you’re using a makeup brush cleaner from a shop, then follow the directions on the label.
  • If you’re using natural products, apply a small amount to the palm of your hand.
  • Swirl the brush around in the product, ensuring that it gets well into the fibres.
  • Holding the brush facing downwards, place the fibres of the brush under a stream of clean, cold water, gently pulling downwards on the fibres.
  • Continue applying the product, and rinsing, until the water runs clear.
  • Squeeze out any excess water using a towel or kitchen roll.
  • Reshape your brush whilst it is still wet so that it dries into its natural shape.
  • Place the brush flat, with the bristles hanging over the edge of a table so that they aren’t squashed down.
  • Never stand the brush up to dry. This allows excess water to drip into the handle area, which could loosen the glue and cause the bristles to fall out.
  • If you want, when the brush is almost dry, but still a little damp, apply a small amount of conditioner and reshape once more.
  • When your brush is completely dry, fluff the bristles, and you should be left with a clean and hygienic makeup brush that is as good as new.

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