How To Properly Clean Makeup Brushes

Nurturing facial skin is our daily mission, but we often forget the importance of the purity of the makeup kit. The brushes are indispensable tools for flawless makeup, but how can they be useful for embellishment, can be also harmful if not maintained properly. Namely, the delicate brush fiber absorbs dead cells and natural oils from the skin, dirt and layers of decorative cosmetics and creates ideal conditions for the bacteria, which are guilty for clogging the pores, acne, redness and irritation.

How to properly clean makeup brushes?

The truth is that most women rarely clean brushes. The good news is that you can complete this task in a short time and you do not need extra special tools for it (everything you need can be found in your home).

What do you need to clean your brush?
Shampoo.

It is best to use baby shampoo, but it’s not a problem to use an ordinary shampoo too. In a small bowl mix a little shampoo with a warm water. Once the shampoo is dissolved, dip the brush and stir them through. Then, massage the brush gently with your fingers. Most women use this method to clean their brushes, because it is really simple.

Shampoo + cold pressed olive oil.

In a small bowl, mix equal quantities of shampoo and cold pressed olive oil and add a little water. Olive oil helps to regenerate hairs. Mix with brushes and then massage. This method is recommended for cleaning eyeliner brushes, greasy eye shadow and lipstick.

Detergent for washing dishes.

Put a few drops of dishwashing detergent on a soft clean sponge. Move gently with the wet brush over the surface of the sponge, making a circular motion, then rinse with a warm water. Repeat 2-3 times. Dishwashing detergent is antibacterial and deeply removes oils and remnants of makeup.

White Vinegar + Dishwashing Detergent.

Make a mixture of 1 cup warm water, 1 large spoonful of dishwashing detergent and 1 large tablespoon of white vinegar. Soak the brushes and leave them for a few minutes. Massage them gently with your fingers, then rinse them with a warm water. Detergents besides that help disinfection, they will also remove the unpleasant smell of vinegar.

Practical Advices

Regardless of which of the offered cleaning solutions you choose, to keep the brushes in good shape it is important to follow the following advices. At first place the brush under water to remove the majority of the residues of makeup. Be careful not to sore the handle of the brush and the brush needs to be directed with the fibers towards the floor to remain in proper position.

Once you clean the brush with some of the solutions and washing it with warm water, gently press it to drain the water. In this point fingers smooth the fiber so as not to lose its original shape.

Lie The Brushes To Dry On A Dry Cloth Or Kitchen Paper.

Place the towel with a brush on the edge of a table or next to the sink, to hang the brush rather than remain flat on a towel. Let the brushes to dry naturally. It takes about 10-12 hours.

How often it is recommended to clean brushes?

The answer depends on how often you use your makeup. Concealer brushes, liquid powder and lipstick should be cleaned at least once a week, because moisture accelerates the proliferation of bacteria and easier keeps dust and dirt of the fibers.Other brushes is best to wash them once every two weeks, but many experts agree that once a month is enough.

Additional Recommendations

  • Never leave brushes to dry in a vertical position,ie with the handle down,because the water will drain into the metal part where the glue holds the fibers.If you make this mistake, you risk the brush and it’s fiber.
  • Do not rinse the brush with hot water and do not dry the brush with a hair dryer, because it can destroy the fiber or lose the beautiful form.
  • Clean the handle of the brush with wet wipes. Regularly wash and manicure the set in which you keep your makeup. If your brush is made from natural fibers, you can use hair conditioner to keep it soft.
  • Let you become a habit of washing brushes once a week or every two weeks.You will fall in love with the softness and feel of clean brushes against your skin. And though it will protect you from bacteria,will continue the lifespan of your favorite brushes.