How to Clean Makeup Brushes
Like any reliable tool, high-quality makeup brushes can be expensive. Taking proper care of them will ensure that they last as long as possible, making them well worth their price.
It's important to take the time to clean your makeup brushes to ensure your makeup application is as smooth and even as possible. Dried and caked-on product can make your brushes stiff and scratchy, which will make your blending process more difficult and can irritate your skin.
Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is essential to getting rid of built-up oils, dirt and dust that they've accumulated. Brush hairs and bristles are porous, so the longer you wait in between brush cleanings, the more built-up grime and residue you're reapplying to your skin.
Synthetic brushes, such as those used to apply liquid foundation and concealer, should be thoroughly cleaned once a week to prevent product buildup. Brushes used around the eyes, like eyeshadow brushes, should be cleaned at least twice a month. All others, such as powder and blush brushes, can be washed once a month.
- Wet bristles: Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Avoid getting water above the place where the bristles attach to the handle, which is called the ferrule, as this can loosen the glue over time and lead to bristle loss.
- Soak brushes: Pour full strength Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner into a large cup or jar – only use enough to submerge the bristles. Soak the brushes for 2-3 minutes.
- Swirl brushes: Carefully swirl your brushes around to loosen makeup and residue lodged in the bristles.
- Rinse and reshape: Rinse thoroughly in clean water. Again, be careful not to wet the handles of the brushes. Squeeze excess moisture out with a clean towel or paper towels. Reshape each brush head so it dries back to its original shape.
- Dry: Let the brushes air dry with the bristles hanging off the edge of a counter. This allows them to dry in the correct shape. Do not lay your brushes on a towel to dry, as the bristles can become mildewed, and never dry them vertically where the water could leak into the ferrule.
TIP: When you're finished soaking your brushes, pour the used Simple Green in the sink. You can use it to quickly wipe down your sink and help deodorize your drain.
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