Thanks to the scores of makeup tutorial videos on YouTube and Instagram, we all more or less know the basics of applying makeup and making it last for hours. However, many of us are not aware of the proper ways to take care of the tools that help us gain our desired look every day. Makeup brushes are an essential part of every woman’s makeup toolkit and it is important to clean them on a regular basis, so as to prevent premature damage to the bristles.
Makeup brushes must be cleaned at least once a week so that the bristles do not accumulate oil, dirt, and makeup product. Using unclean brushes on the skin can lead to breakouts and clogged pores.
Cleaning your makeup brushes is all the more important in case they are expensive and of great quality. Such brushes are durable and should be preserved properly so that they can be used for months and years. If you are not familiar with the best ways of cleaning makeup brushes, then we are here to help.
5 Easy Ways to Clean Makeup Brushes
Here are five of the easiest ways to clean your makeup brushes and keep your skin healthy and blemish-free.
1. Soap and Water:
Using soap and water is the most common and popular method of cleaning beauty blenders and makeup brushes, as it is very easy to carry out and does not need too much monetary investment. All you need to use is some antibacterial soap (unless you want the bristles to lose their softness) and some warm water.
First dip the brushes in warm water, allowing the bristles to be completely submerged. Fill a separate bowl with warm water and add some antibacterial soap in it. Swirl the tip of the brush in the soapy water and rub the bristles against your palm to lather it up. Next, wash the brush under running water at room temperature. Keep repeating this process until the water runs clean and devoid of any dirt or makeup particles. Use a soft cloth brush to wipe and reshape the bristles and then lay the brushes on a cotton cloth overnight to dry.
2. Ribbed Surface:
If you think that using water, soap, and hands cannot keep your brush clean, then here is an alternative for you. You can use any kind of ribbed surface to clean the makeup brushes. You can even create your own ribbed surface with the help of a glue gun and clipboard, or you can easily buy makeup brush cleansing palettes from the market.
Makeup brush cleaning palettes come with a moderately rough surface which can help you to clean the bristles thoroughly, freeing the brush of grime, dirt, makeup, and oil. However, it is important to clean the palette surface after use to prevent the buildup of bacteria.
3. Baby Shampoo and Water:
Baby shampoo, as the name suggests, is manufactured for infants and toddlers, who have the most delicate and sensitive skin in the world. So, if it is fit to clean them, then you can definitely use it for cleaning your makeup brushes. The main advantage that baby shampoo offers over antibacterial soap is that the former conditions the bristles simultaneously while cleaning them.
Therefore, after drying, you will find the bristles soft as before and not stiff and pokey, which might have adversely affected your makeup and skin. However, while the antibacterial soap prevented bacterial buildup, baby shampoo is less likely to do so.
4. Cleaning Balm:
Cleaning balm is a kind of a shampoo that has been specially created for cleaning makeup brushes. These cleaning balms can be called a crossover between a baby shampoo and soap, and they contain a mixture of various oils and other ingredients. After applying these cleaning balms on the brushes, rub them softly against your hand or a ribbed surface until a light lather had built up. Rinse with water to get soft, conditioned, and clean brushes in an instant.
5. Brush Cleaning Machine:
This is a fancy and relatively expensive option for all those who are professionally involved in the makeup and glamor industry and use many sets of brushes each day. It is impossible for them to hand wash each brush using the above-mentioned methods. However, a hi-tech brush-cleaning machine can be used by anyone who is serious about thoroughly cleaning their makeup brushes on a regular basis. A typical brush cleaning machine is usually egg-shaped and comes with pre-installed slots for inserting the dirty brushes.
Once you have placed the brushes into the slots in a downward position, you will need to close the lid and turn on the machine. The machine moves the brushes back and forth in the soap water, drains the bristles, and carries out two rinse cycles. In simple terms, it is similar to a washing machine that has been specially designed for cleaning brushes. If you do not get much time to clean your makeup brushes and can afford this machine, it would be the best option for getting clean brushes with the least amount of effort.
Hopefully, the above-mentioned makeup brush cleaning techniques will help you cleanse the bristles effectively. If you know of any more techniques, do share them with us in the comment section below. Our readers would love to hear of some more!