You should be cleaning your brushes more often than you think.
Your make-up brushes are the backbone of your beauty kit. Cleaning residual make-up, dirt and oils off your brushes should be an essential part of your beauty routine. Build-up of dirt and oils on your brushes can cause acne breakouts and possibly rashes called dermatitis.
Give your brushes a weekly clean!
If you are a make-up artist or someone who wears make-up often; then make sure to clean your brushes after each use. For those who use make-up occasionally, it is enough to wash your brushes with shampoo once a month and use a brush cleanser for weekly cleaning.
A step-by-step brush cleaning method
- Squeeze a dollop of gentle shampoo into a glass and fill it with warm water.
- Swirl your brushes in the water and gently rub the bristles to further remove the gunk.
- Rinse with clean water and carefully squeeze the water out.
- Lay them flat on a clean towel and let them dry.
- For daily cleaning, use a brush cleaner.
- Pour a small amount of the liquid into a cup and dip your brush to saturate.
- Lightly dab it on a paper towel which will absorb the cleanser, taking the dirt with it.
Dishwashing liquid is your friend
The most potent cleanser for your brushes is one that you might have at home – dishwashing liquid literally removes everything and anything. Just fill a cup with warm water and add a few drops of liquid. Swish it around and voila!
It also works for makeup sponges. Just let it soak for a few minutes, in a glass of dishwashing liquid mixed with water. Next, rinse them with warm water, dab on a paper towel and repeat. Lastly, place it in the microwave for a few seconds (make sure to keep an eye on it!) to get rid of bacteria.
Look for the signs! it might be time to replace your brushes
As soon as you notice your brushes are not getting as squeaky clean as they used to, it might be time to replace them.
It is also important to check for shedding. As long as your brushes are not shedding, have a funky smell, or are severely discolored, they can last a lifetime.
A bonus tip: Another great option for cleaning your brushes is an electronic brush cleaner.