How often do you take the time to thoroughly clean your makeup brushes?
As well as harbouring bacteria, which can cause skin problems and is a big no no for any product to be used on the face, unwashed brushes will retain excess product and oils, making smooth, seamless blending very difficult.
Taking proper care of your makeup brushes will also significantly prolong their life!
What should you use?
There are numerous products designed specifically for cleaning brushes. As a Professional Makeup Artist, who needs to thoroughly clean and sanitise products between every client, I’m a fan of Parian Spirit. In addition to cutting quickly and effectively through even the most stubborn makeup residue, it’s quick drying and contains ethyl alcohol, the same ingredient in hand sanitiser, so it disinfects as it cleans. If you don’t want to buy a special product, lukewarm water and a gentle soap or cleanser is a perfectly suitable alternative.
How to clean your brushes?
Start by wetting the bristles with lukewarm water.
Place a small amount of your chosen cleanser in the palm of your hand and gently massage the bristles to loosen any debris and dissolve all traces of makeup. Remember to only ever use mild products, as harsh detergents will damage your brushes.
To avoid damage, take care not to let any water or soap near the base of the brush head.
Rinse and re-rinse until the bristles are completely clean.
Gently squeeze out any excess moisture using a clean paper towel.
Reshape the wet brush hairs.
Leave to air dry naturally overnight, with the bristles pointing downwards.
Leaving your brushes to dry with the bristles pointing downwards, will prevent water from seeping back into the brush base, loosening the glue and causing loss of bristles.
For personal use, wash or sanitise your brushes and makeup sponges once a week to keep them bacteria free and in tip top condition.