Most women apply different makeup products to enhance their natural looks and features. From foundation to lipstick, if you name it, you can definitely find it in a woman’s purse. By applying makeup on your face, you get to feel more confident and achieve different kinds of looks that can make you feel more attractive. But aside from just using these makeup products, many women also invest in high-quality makeup brushes to make the application much easier. Nowadays, many have their own makeup brush sets. Even if you are not a professional makeup artist, you should have your own brush set so you can easily do your face and achieve a wide range of looks, whether you’re going for a simple daytime effect or need to apply everything from foundation to bronzer to gel eyeliner. Most brushes aren’t cheap, however, so it’s important that you know how to clean makeup brushes to protect your investment and prevent bacteria from growing on them (and transferring to your skin).
Why Women Use Makeup Brushes
Using your hands to apply makeup is an effective way to achieve your desired look, and many women go this route when they’re strapped for time. But doing this can be quite messy, and if you want to have a professionally done makeup look, you really need the proper tools. This will definitely include the use of makeup brushes.
Makeup brushes have a lot of uses and functions depending on the type. For instance, instead of using your hands to apply foundation on your skin, you can use the foundation or stippling brush, as this can apply the foundation evenly and spread it into a thinner layer that still provides coverage but doesn’t waste makeup. When you are applying your favorite blush, you cannot just use your hands; you have to use a kabuki brush or an angled contour brush to cradle your cheeks properly. The same thing goes when you are doing your eye makeup. You need to use a blending brush to blend eye shadow colors. For those who want to perfect their look, some women even want to contour their faces. Contouring your face may require advanced techniques and the use of a combination of brushes.
With the use of makeup brushes, it is as if a professional makeup artist did the work for you. With so many women who want to look and feel good, it is never a bad thing to invest in quality brushes for as long as they are durable. To preserve this durability and prevent your brushes from losing bristles and making your face dirty, you really need to wash them.
Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes
In using brushes, you have to clean them regularly for hygienic purposes. You do not want to use a set of brushes over long periods of time because it’s almost guaranteed that there will be dirt or bacteria buildup, which is definitely not good for your skin. Many women, especially those who have super busy and hectic schedules, tend to forget to clean their makeup brushes. This is definitely not a good thing. Keep in mind that you use and directly apply these makeup brushes to your skin. If one is used for weeks, you can imagine the dirt and bacteria growth that appears. In addition, product buildup can damage the bristles down in the ferrule, which is the metal part that clamps them to the handle. This can cause the brushes to start shedding bristles; the more they lose, the more useless they become. To avoid breakouts and clogging your pores, it is definitely a must that you clean your makeup brushes once every week or so if you apply makeup every day. Make sure that you do it regularly, such as once a month, if you don’t always wear makeup. Fortunately, this process is very easy. In just a matter of minutes, you will already be done with the cleaning.
Tips on How to Clean Makeup Brushes:
- Using lukewarm water, run the bristles of the brush under your faucet. Make sure that the water does not touch the handle of your makeup brushes, as this can ruin the glue in the brush. Just keep the water flowing until you start to see the residue finally wearing off. When cleaning your makeup brushes, never ever use hot water. Using hot water can damage bristles and make them stiff.
- After cleansing the set with water, you can either make your own cleansing mixture or use a commercially prepared brush shampoo. If you want to avoid the hassle of creating your own cleanser, there are various makeup-brush cleansing products to use; you just put the liquid formula in water, lather your brushes, and rinse it off right away. Another way is to use a clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo. Put the shampoo in a cup of warm water. Stir in the mixture. Voila! You now have your own makeup-brush cleansing mixture.
- Once the mixture is ready, dunk in the bristles of your brushes. Make sure that only half of the bristle length is swirled into the mixture to avoid damaging your brush set. Do this step until you finally see the residue of the makeup being totally removed.
- After this process, gently remove any mixture left on the bristles using your fingers. Keep lathering them until there’s no further colorful residue coming off them. Then, you can rinse the bristles again using lukewarm water. Continue doing this until it is clear. Just make sure that the handles of the brushes are not wet.
- Using a towel or tissue paper, pat the brushes dry. Place the brushes on a dry towel. Turn them periodically to ensure they get dry. When they are free of water, fluff the bristles. You are now ready to use them again.
For some ladies, cleaning makeup brushes can take much of their time, especially when having to create a homemade cleansing mixture. There are various brush cleaners on the market that are specifically designed for makeup brushes and their delicate construction.
Clean your brush set regularly depending on how often you apply makeup, but you can use these helpful tips any time. This will not only keep your brushes clean; it’ll also keep your skin clear and prevent your makeup from becoming contaminated with germs. I hope that these 5 easy tips on how to clean makeup brushes can be applied to your daily routine.
Here is one of my favorite videos on how to clean makeup brushes: