I may not be the first person to say how crucial quality make up brushes can be, but what's equally important is to keep them perfect looking and sanitized to make them last for the long run. Makeup tools, in general, get moved from your makeup bag, into your beauty products, onto your face; basically, they come in contact with so many surfaces due to which they are bound to encounter some bacteria too.
Have you ever wondered how often do you clean these brushes? Turns out, not enough. According to dermatologists and experts, we should at least be sudsing up our tools on the weekly basis just to prevent the bacteria build up and of course the unwanted breakouts. The post explores how I clean my beauty stuff.
How often should it be done?
Most specialists will tell you to soak your tools especially foundation and concealer brushes once a week. Brush hairs and sponges are porous in nature. And therefore, they hold onto oils, debris, and bacteria. Soaping up your makeup brushes on the regular basis will not only extend the life of the bristles but also end up making it apt for a better makeup application.Â
It may quite interest you to know that one of the best methods for cleaning requires only water and a gentle soap as regular ones can dry out the brush's bristles especially if they are made from natural hair. Sound's Easy, peasy?
This is exactly how I clean the brushes
Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. While doing this make sure to keep the bristles pointing downwards avoiding the area where the handle meets the head. So that it doesn't loosen the glue that holds the bristles together.
Place a drop of makeup brush cleanser or soap into the palm of your hand. Dispense a small amount of baby shampoo and do the trick.
Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm. Swirl the bristles into the shampoo until and unless it creates a rich lather.
Rinse the bristles. Once you feel that you have worked out the dirt and oil, rinse the brush under lukewarm water again.
Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel. It's time to get rid of the excess water by pulling it between your thumb and the side of your index finger.
Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter, thereby allowing it to dry in the correct shape.
Additional tip: Keep the brush head away from soap and water as bristles are glued to the base and water/detergent can cause the glue to disintegrate and the bristles to come loose and shed. Plus, do not dry vertically leading water to leak into the ferrule.
When is it time to throw away a makeup brush?
The moment you find the bristles to fray, shed or lose their shape. It's time to get rid of your make up brush. Moreover, if your brushes become too pinched or squashed, then they simply will not be up to the job. So, next time you think your brush has seen better days, think twice before running out to buy a new one.