We contour, flush, and paint our faces with makeup brushes daily but how often do we clean them after the fact? Turns out, not enough! According to dermatologists and makeup artists, we should be lathering up our tools on a weekly basis — at least — in order to prevent bacteria buildup, which can ultimately lead to unwanted breakouts. Read on to find out how to clean up your makeup brushes the right way.
- Wet the brushes with lukewarm water. Only wet the bristles, do not wet the joint parts of the brush tube.
- Apply a dime size of mild soap/shampoo and olive oil into your palm and massage
- Massage the tips of the bristles within the palm of your hand
- Rinse the bristles
- Gently squeeze out the excess water with a towel and make sure all of the product residues are completely gone.
- Reshape the brush head
- Dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter, allowing it to dry in the correct shape. To avoid mildewed bristles never let your brushes dry on a towel
- Deep clean weekly
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- Dry it naturally!
- Don't use a blow dryer!
- Don't put it under the sun!
- Keep the base of the brush head away from soap and water. The bristles are glued to the base, and water and detergent can cause the glue to disintegrate and the bristles to come loose and shed.
- Do not dry vertically — this will cause water to leak into the ferrule [the piece that joins the bristles to the wand], which will also loosen the glue and lead to bristle loss.
Remember washing your makeup brushes regularly can extend the life of the bristles and make for a better makeup application.