How to Properly Clean and Store Your Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes are essential tools for achieving a flawless and professional-looking makeup application. However, many people overlook the importance of properly cleaning and storing their brushes, which can lead to bacterial growth, reduced brush performance, and even skin breakouts. In this blog post, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to effectively clean and store your makeup brushes.
Why Clean Your Makeup Brushes?
Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is essential for maintaining their performance and longevity. Dirty brushes can accumulate product buildup, oils, bacteria, and dead skin cells, all of which can transfer to your face and result in skin irritation or breakouts. Additionally, dirty brushes do not apply makeup as effectively, leading to streaky or less precise application.
How Often Should You Clean Your Brushes?
The frequency of brush cleaning depends on how often you use them and the type of products you typically apply. In general, it is recommended to clean your brushes at least once a week. However, brushes used for foundation or any cream-based products should be cleaned more frequently, ideally after each use.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Before beginning the cleaning process, gather the necessary supplies. Here’s what you’ll need:
1. A gentle brush cleanser or mild shampoo – Avoid using harsh, alcohol-based cleansers as they can damage the brushes.
2. A shallow bowl or container – Ideally, use one with textured ridges or a silicone brush cleaning mat for a more thorough clean.
3. Warm water – Ensure that the water is not too hot, as it can damage the bristles.
4. A clean towel or paper towels – To dry the brushes.
5. Optional: a brush guard or rubber band – To reshape the brush bristles while drying.
Step 2: Wetting and Cleansing Your Brushes
Start by wetting the bristles of your brushes under warm running water. Be careful not to wet the ferrule, the metal part that connects the bristles to the handle, as it can loosen the glue and cause shedding. Once wet, apply a small amount of the brush cleanser or mild shampoo to your palm or brush cleaning mat.
Gently swirl the brush bristles in a circular motion, using your palm or the textured surface of the mat to remove product buildup and dirt. Pay attention to the inner bristles as they tend to accumulate more residue. Rinse the brushes under running water, gently squeezing the bristles until the water runs clear. Repeat this process until all the brushes are thoroughly cleaned.
Step 3: Drying and Reshaping Your Brushes
After cleaning, gently squeeze out any excess water from the brushes. Take a clean towel or paper towels and lightly press the bristles to absorb more moisture. Avoid twisting or pulling on the bristles, as it can lead to damage or shedding.
To preserve the shape of your brushes, lay them flat or at a slight angle on a clean towel or paper towel. For larger brushes, you can prop them up slightly at an angle, allowing air to circulate and dry the bristles more efficiently. If desired, you can use a brush guard or a rubber band to reshape the bristles while they dry.
Step 4: Proper Storage of Your Brushes
Once your brushes are completely dry, it’s time to store them properly. Avoid storing brushes in closed containers or bags, as it can trap moisture and encourage bacterial growth. Instead, store them upright in a brush holder or container with the bristles facing upwards. This allows the bristles to maintain their shape and helps to prevent contamination.
If you’re traveling, consider using a brush roll or a case specifically designed for makeup brushes. These provide additional protection and keep the brushes organized while on the go.
1. Avoid cleaning your brushes with hot water as it can damage the bristles.
2. Do not dry your brushes upright with the bristles facing downwards, as the water can pool in the ferrule and loosen the glue.
3. Never leave your brushes soaking in water or any cleaning solution for an extended period, as it can damage the bristles or the brush handle.
By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your makeup brushes remain clean, perform their best, and last longer. Regularly cleaning and storing your brushes will not only improve your makeup application but also contribute to healthier and more radiant-looking skin. Don’t neglect this vital aspect of your beauty routine and enjoy the benefits of using clean tools for flawless makeup looks.