Cleaning your make-up brushes is integral to longer-lasting tools and cleaner skin. We all go through the steps of removing our make-up every night, but we often forget the other routine we should be doing – cleaning make-up brushes. Just as taking product off your face is all about hygiene, so is cleaning brushes. If you use them daily, oil and old make-up gets trapped in the bristles, causing clogged pores and bacteria to live in them. If you don’t clean them, the bacteria goes back onto your face, potentially causing nasty and unwanted breakouts – which most of us will want to cover with make-up. It’s a vicious cycle that can easily be remedied by taking the time to deep clean at least once a week.
If you want a fast and simple solution to cleaning your brushes, pick up a spray from your local or online beauty supply store. These contain professional strength cleaning agents that will kill the bacteria and remove build-up in your brushes. When cleaning your set, it’s a good idea to start with your foundation and cream blush brushes since these usually have the most residue hidden in the bristles. Spray the remover directly on the brush heads to completely soak the bristles. Grab a paper towel and rub the head back and forth over it repeatedly until you don’t see any more product coming off. Do the same for the rest of your brushes. These professional solutions tend to dry easily, so you’re good to go in no time.
If you prefer to have a more natural concoction, there are plenty of different D.I.Y. recipes to try at home, but different solutions work best for different types of skin. Baby shampoo is a popular ingredient – simply take a shallow bowl with warm water and add a bit of baby shampoo, then stir. Take the brush and dip the bristles in, but not all the way to the handle, as submerging the entire brush will lead to damage. Slowly pour a little bit of baby shampoo into the water while gently circling the brush in the water until it’s clean. When all the product is off the brush, rinse under warm water. Take a towel and gently squeeze the water out and reshape the brush bristles. Lay to dry overnight or hang them upside down. Do not dry brushes with bristles sticking up, since this can cause moisture to get trapped in the handle and damage the adhesive, causing bristles to fall out over time.
As previously mentioned, it’s best to deep clean your brushes at least once a week, or at least once a month. Once you get into the habit, you’ll notice your tools will last longer, and better yet, your skin will look fresher than ever before.