Cleaning your makeup brushes is one of the most important parts of your beauty regime. You wouldn’t leave your makeup on your face for months at a time, so why would you think it was okay to leave the makeup on your makeup brushes?
A high quality makeup brush will be an investment, not an expense. The perfect brush can perfectly blend your foundation, give you the most perfect of eyeliner flicks, and even cover the worst of blemishes. Now think of the bacteria that is present on your face. You clean your face daily, perhaps even more often, so why not clean your makeup brushes?
How often should you wash your makeup brushes?
When you clean your tools regularly, you are preventing the spread of bacteria, getting rid of any old makeup residue, purge of any debris and dirt, and even get rid of oil… You know what too much oil causes – spots!
Ideally you are going to want to clean your brushes at least once a week and with these homemade makeup brush cleaners that you can make for a fraction of the price of the stuff you can buy, and is all-natural to boot, things should be a bit easier.
You’ll need a bar of unscented, unperfumed, no alcohol, all natural soap to wash your brushes with gently in lukewarm water. Try to avoid getting able the metal strip that holds the brush bristles together wet as this will cause rusting and then the bristles will fall out.
Alternatively, baby shampoo is a great thing to use if you want a cheap, easy way to clean your makeup brushes at home, and when you buy the antibacterial stuff, you are essentially killing two birds with one stone.
If you’ve got a couple of brushes that you were going to throw away because they were too caked in makeup to save, there still might be help at hand. Almond oil and olive oil can both work to persuade that caked on stuff to come off, and it’ll re-hydrate the brushes at the same time, giving them a healthy new lease of life. On a piece of paper towel, massage the oil around the bristles of the brush, and gently work the residue out of the brush. You don’t want to saturate the brush with oil; you just need enough to encourage the grime to come right out.
How to dry your makeup brushes after washing
Of course, on top of using these natural elements, there are a few other things you’ll need to think about as well. You’re going to need to make sure that you towel-dry each brush as best you can after you have washed it, plus leave a drying time of around eight to ten hours. If you don’t leave them to dry properly before using them again, you are going to undo all of your hard work and there is no point in that. Why not wash the brushes after dinner and leave them to dry overnight?
[wp_ad_camp_1]If your brushes feel a tad dry after your washing treatments, you can always give them a final rinse with conditioner before you dry them thoroughly and use them again.
Here is one of older videos by Michelle Phan where she shows how to prepare DIY makeup brush cleaner using antibacterial dish-washing liquid and olive oil.