How To Clean Makeup Brushes

Your makeup brushes are the cornerstone of your cosmetics collection, but with daily usage, these brushes tend to become dirty and unusable. Instead of rushing out to buy new brushes there is the option of cleaning them, which is more practical than you might think. It used to be that we’d throw our brushes in the dishwasher and call it a day, but nowadays there are more than a few ways to clean your makeup brushes effectively. 

Cleaning your makeup brushes doesn’t have to be a tedious task, but you do want to get the brushes back to a usable state. There will be a point after some time when the brush just isn’t going to be used any longer. But, you want to try and get as much life as you can out of a single brush.

How Often Should A Brush Be Cleaned

First, you need to look at your cosmetics collection and see what’s in use. You might have quite a few brushes but you barely use them. If this is found to be the case, you might want to separate the brushes that you are going to use daily. Most experts in the cosmetics field say that a brush should be cleaned in some sort of soapy solution at least once a week. You have to remember that makeup brushes deal with dead skin follicles and other dirt and grime.

Because you are cleaning dead skin follicles, it only makes sense that you’d want to clean your brush. Your makeup brush should be kept in a clean and dry location, which will help prevent mildew on it. Believe it or not, makeup brushes can hold quite a bit of bacteria, and that means that you can contract all different types of illnesses. Being sick is no fun, and neither is doing your makeup with a dirty brush. 

Methods For Cleaning Your Brushes

When it comes to cleaning your makeup brushes, there is a great debate on how it should be done. Do you wash them by hand? Or can you simply toss them into the dishwasher? Well, there are a few different ways that you can clean your makeup brushes but the most reliable is by washing them in hot water with soap. You want to make sure that you clean the brushes thoroughly because any leftover residue will cause you issues. 

Depending on how much money you invest in a pair of brushes, you can oftentimes just toss them and get a new pair. Although we don’t recommend wastage, after a certain point your brushes are going to be to the point of no return. Still, a good washing in hot water will make a world of difference and give your brushes a generally clean feeling. If you leave makeup and dead skin in your brushes for too long, you are going to have an oily mess, and no one wants that.

Keeping A Clean Makeup Cabinet

Let’s all be honest, the underneath of our bathroom cabinet is oftentimes a mess. But, you’ll notice that taking the time to clean your makeup brushes and utilities will make the overall process of doing your makeup a much more pleasurable one. Nothing is more relaxing than being able to do your makeup without having to stress on what kind of dirt is in your brush. It should also be noted that keeping a clean cabinet is the key to having a healthy makeup collection.

You don’t want to let your dirty makeup brushes build-up because over time most of your cosmetics will become unusable. The first rule of doing your makeup is to keep a clean setup because once things start to get dirty, you’ll never be able to recover your collection. The same thing can be said for your portable makeup collection as well, you want to keep any makeup bags free of loose debris and dirty brushes.

Can You Throw A Makeup Brush In The Washing Machine?

The short answer is no. The first reason is that the washing machine spins so violently that your makeup brush will become ruined. If you want to keep your brushes in good working condition you’ll want to avoid doing something like this. Still, a good blow out now and then will keep your brushes fresh and tidy. The key is keeping the caked up makeup from getting into your pores, which is why keeping a clean brush is so important. 

It Might Be Time To Replace Your Brushes

There’s going to be a time when your brushes are past salvaging. If your brushes are beyond repair there’s no use in keeping them around. All you’ll end up doing is gunking up your skin follicles with dirt and grime, ultimately creating an oily surface. Dirty brushes are not something that you want to keep in your makeup collection, though this doesn’t just stop at the brushes. The same thing goes for keeping your sponges and other makeup applicators clean and tidy, it will only benefit you in the long run.

Keeping an orderly makeup brush collection will only help you apply cosmetics more effectively. No one wants to waste their hard-earned cosmetics because of a dirty brush. Clean your brushes and sponges and disregard when the time is right because the result will be a much more effective application. 

Time To Apply Your Makeup

So, you’ve gotten your brushes clean and tidy. Now’s the time to apply your makeup, and what a difference a clean brush will make. If you haven’t had the chance to clean your brushes before and you just disregard every use you are going to be wasting time and money. Cleaning your makeup brushes at home is a great way to save on funds and get the most out of your makeup collection. The right set of clean brushes will make doing your makeup fun and pleasurable experience, so take the time to clean those brushes.

Resources—Allure, Self



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