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.

Emergency Solutions To Over-Tweezed Eyebrows

You start out tweezing your eyebrows to just that perfect shape, the next thing you know you`ve plucked more than you had intended.

What can you do?

First of all, take a deep breath and relax. There are actually several solutions to over-tweezed eyebrows. A very popular method to this problem is an eyebrow stencil. Eyebrow stencils are generally available at your local beauty or department store. You can find the stencils in a variety of sizes so there is bound to be one to fit your eyebrows. For this method, position the stencil where your natural brow line would begin and end then fill in the stencil with an eyebrow pencil or powder using soft feathery strokes. Set brows with a clear mascara or brow gel.

Brow kits are another solution for over-tweezed brows. Most kits include eyebrow stencils, powder, brush, tweezers and gel. They can usually be found at your local beauty store and range from low to moderate in cost. To apply, start by positioning the stencil where your brow should end and meet.

Next apply the brow powder with the brush provided in the kit or one of your own and blend carefully until you achieve a natural-looking brow. Finally set brows with the gel and if necessary use the tweezers to remove any stray hairs you might have missed being careful not to over pluck anymore hairs. Over plucking hairs can actually result in permanent hair loss, so pluck sparingly.

A less expensive way to fill in brows is an eyebrow pencil. The pencils come in several different colors to match your eyebrows and can be found just about anywhere your favorite makeup brand is sold. To use an eyebrow pencil begin with light feathery strokes, filling in the areas where brow hairs are sparse. Use a brow gel or clear mascara to set the color.

You can also use eyeshadow to fill in brows. Eyeshadow can be found in a wide variety of colors anywhere cosmetics are sold, so you should be able to easily find a color closest to your eyebrow shade. Use an eyeshadow brush to apply the color and blend softly with the brush or a cotton swab. Set the brow with brow gel or clear mascara.

If you can afford to do so, your safest bet would be to head to your favorite salon and have your eyebrows professionally done. Even if you can only manage a one-time visit, a cosmetics professional would be able to show you the best way to correct over-tweezed brows for future know-how.

Our eyebrows allow us to express our beauty, to create a look that makes us unique, makes us who we are. If we are careless with them it tends to show and as a result often affects our self-esteem and how we see ourselves. Most importantly our eyebrows help aid in preventing perspiration from running down into our eyes and irritating them. They can be our greatest friend or worst enemy, but with great care they can bring out the greatest beauty.