Raise your hands if you can’t stand the process of washing your makeup brushes. Yep, we thought so! While cleaning your makeup brushes is a crucial step, the reality is that there are so many persons who don’t wash their tools once a month, or at all. Every time you use your brushes, makeup, oil and bacteria gets trapped in the bristles, and unfortunately this is transferred back and forth with the next application. Gross, right? This leads to clogged pores, which leads to unwanted breakouts, and for those with problem skin, this can pose a major problem.
Today we’re sharing the easiest steps to giving your brushes a proper cleanse. While once a month is recommended, cleaning them once a week, maybe on a Sunday while you prep for the week ahead, is much more ideal.
What You’ll Need
Your dirty brushes
Makeup Brush Cleanser or Baby Shampoo
Step 1: Begin by running the bristles of the brush under lukewarm water, ensuring you hold the brush downwards. Why? Well the ferrule (the what?) - yup, that metal band that holds the brush handle and bristles together - if you allow water to seep in, the glue will loosen over time, causing your brush to shed its bristles.
Step 2: Dispense a nickel-size of baby shampoo or brush cleaner into the palm of your hand.
Step 3: Swirl the brush around and around in the shampoo or cleaner to work up a lather. See all that gunk coming out? You’re doing it right!
Step 4: Rinse the brush under lukewarm water once more. If the water does not run clear after completing the previous steps, repeat steps 2 & 3 until there’s no residue left. Once you have that down pat, we’re ready for the next step.
Step 5: Using a towel/paper towel, wrap it around the bristles and gently squeeze to remove excess water, then gently reshape any bristles that became crooked in the process.
Step 6: Lay your brushes flat on a clean towel to dry, preferably overnight, so they’re all ready for you in the A.M. Fluff the bristles on the back of your clean hand if needed, and that concludes the most dreaded process ever.
So easy, right? How often are you cleaning your makeup brushes?