Makeup brushes are a haven for dirt, oil, dead skin cells, and grime. Even if they look clean, they could still be harboring potentially harmful bacteria – bacteria that can easily transfer to your face the next time you apply makeup. How can you keep your brushes clean and your skin looking flawless? Keep reading...
How Often Should I Clean My Makeup Brushes?
If you asked ten different makeup artists, you would probably get ten different answers, adding further confusion to this question. However, a good rule of thumb is to give your makeup brushes a deep cleaning at least once every other week. Doing so will prevent buildups of dirt and grime while improving the overall function of your brushes (clean brushes work better than dirty brushes).
Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes
When you're ready to clean your makeup brushes, start by running the bristles under lukewarm water facing downward towards the stream. Use caution to avoid getting water on the metallic clasp, as this may disturb the glue or cause it to rust. Also, the water should be just slightly warm, not hot. Excessive heat may damage the bristles or deactivate the glue.
Next, mix together clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo and a small amount of water (also lukewarm) in a bowl. Clarifying shampoo works the best due to its ability to strip oils and impurities, but baby shampoo will suffice. Stir the solution well and place the tip of the brush inside. After allowing the brush to soak for two or three minutes, remove it and place it back under a stream of lukewarm water to rinse away any excess shampoo. When you are finished, wipe the bristles with a clean washcloth or paper towel and lay the brush out to dry. The next time you get ready to apply makeup, you'll have a pristine brush to use. It's that easy, folks.
What About Store-Bought Cleaning Solutions?
Of course, you can also use a special makeup brush cleaning solution. There are dozens of products designed specifically for cleaning brushes, sponges, cosmetic wedges and other makeup applicators. You can expect to pay more for cleaning products such as this, but it may work for your brushes.