Seeking the ways how to clean makeup brushes? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give much thought to how often you clean your makeup brushes—or even how you go about doing it. But dirty makeup brushes can lead to skin problems, so it’s important to clean them regularly. Here’s a guide for details.
What Do You Need?
You will need to clean your makeup sponges and brushes thoroughly.
Soap: While you can use any soap or shampoo to deep clean your makeup tools, Dial (liquid or bar soaps) is the most popular option for synthetic brushes. “It’s Antibacterial and gets rid of stubborn product buildup,” Mario Dedivanovic, a makeup artist, said.
Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soap (liquid and bar) is gentle, efficient, and safe to use on all brushes, even those with natural hair brushes.
Warm to lukewarm water: Charlotte Tilbury, one of the makeup artists, advises against using hot soap to clean brushes as it can cause damage to the bristles or ferrule (the metal part) of the brush.
The following products can make brushing easier, quicker, and possibly more fun than using soap and water.
To clean the eye area and brushes used with liquid makeup, our experts recommend using a brush cleaner. It is both efficient and effective.
Dedivanovic loves Sephora‘s Daily Brush Cleaner, especially for sensitive skin. Olivia Rose Cleaning Makeup Brush Wipes make it easy to clean while on the move.
You have the option to use your hand to apply liquid soap to each brush. Dedivanovic suggests using a brush-washing pad with grooves to clean between the brush bristles.
This one has suction cups at the bottom and comes with our recommended drying rack (below). If you don’t want a rack, these mats are $6 for a two-pack. Even though the soap bar is not equipped with clean-enhancing grooves, it can be a washing mat.
Brush storage rack, cup for sponges, drying rack: To prevent water damage to your brushes’ handles, you should dry brushes flat or with the bristles facing down.
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This drying rack costs $9 and is excellent for keeping brushes clean between cleanings. The wire holder can also be used to dry sponges.
Slide mesh covers over freshly washed brush head. These covers will keep the brush heads in a straight shape and prevent them from fraying.
How To Clean Makeup Brushes
Here’s the ways of cleaning makeup brushes at home, step by step. Got those dirty brushes in hand? Let’s get to a sink and get cleaning.
1. Get the bristles wet.
Rinse the bristles with warm water. Avoid putting water on the bristles above the handle. This can cause the glue to loosen over time, eventually leading to shedding bristles and finally a ruined brush.
2. Massage gently in soap.
Use your cleanser to coat your brush. Next, use your fingers to swirl the brush around your palm gently. You can use a brush cleaning mat at this stage.
3. Rinse well.
Rinse the soap and product off the brush after it has been sudsed. If the soap and product aren’t running clean, repeat steps 1 through 2. Be sure to rinse the brush with warm water, ensuring it doesn’t touch the handle.
4. Get the water out.
To release water, gently press the bristles using your fingers. Do not tug too hard!
5. Let it air dry.
Overnight, lay flat brush or sets of brushes on a paper towel. You can use them again the next morning.
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How To Clean Makeup Sponges
Because they allow you to seamlessly apply both liquid and cream makeup products, such as liquid foundation or highlighter, we love makeup blenders such as the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Mix Artist Foundation Blender.
However, if your makeup beauty routine is based on dirty blenders, you might be doing more harm than good. It’s easy to clean makeup blenders. Here are some tips.
Step 1: Wash Yourself
Wet your makeup sponge. Next, add a little cleanser to the blender. To loosen makeup, massage your cleanser into the blender. To do this, squeeze the product into your palm, and you should be able to see the makeup-laden suds rise to the surface.
Step 2: Rinse, then Repeat
Rinse the blender, drain any excess water and then repeat as needed. Continue to squeeze and wet your blender until it runs clear. You can add more cleaner as needed. To dry your blender, place it on a paper towel and let brush dry. Then, store it in a dry, cool place.
Three Different Cleaning Methods for Makeup Brushes
There are many ways to clean your makeup brushes. There are many products and options to choose from, including specialized brushes, shampoos, and cleaners, as well as DIY mixes.
We’ve narrowed down your options to three of our favorites. You can try them all and decide which one you prefer.
1. Use A Brush Cleaner
A simple brush cleanser can be an excellent place to start if you are new to makeup-brush cleaning. Because it’s so easy to use, we love JAPONESQUE Coconut Solid Brush Cleaner.
The inclusion of moisturizing goat dairy in the formulation makes this cleansing balm a great choice. Castro claims that soaps with moisturizing properties will moisturize your hair and prolong its life span.
2. Make Use Of A Special Makeup-Brush Cleaner Tool
A quick and simple way to clean your makeup brushes is to use a cleanser that you like with a special brush cleaning glove such as the SIGMA BEAUTY (2X Sigma Spa) Brush Cleaning Glove.
The flexible glove is textured on both the face- and eye makeup brushes. Both sides can be used to thoroughly and efficiently remove any residue or buildup.
3. Make Your Own Diy Cleaner
Gentle shampoo such as baby shampoo or gentle soap can remove dirt and grime from the bristles. A mixture of olive oil and dish soap is another popular homemade cleaner for dirty makeup brushes.
The oil can effectively dissolve any buildup product. You should use one-third olive oil and one-third dish soap. Dish soaps by themselves could cause hair damage.
You can make your brush cleanser, but you should be careful about what ingredients you use. You will use this brush on your entire face, so avoid any parabens, silicones, or other questionable ingredients.
How Often Should Your Makeup Brushes Be Cleaned?
Depending on the frequency you use your face makeup brushes and your skin type, how often you clean them will determine how often.
Castro, an LA-based makeup artist, and hairstylist recommends that you wash your makeup brushes at least once per week and then use makeup brush cleaners to clean them.
If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, it may be worth repeating the procedure twice weekly. After each use, you can also do it if you feel skin irritation.
If you ever apply makeup to someone else’s face, you must thoroughly wash the brushes before and after.
Castro says, “As a professional, I work with different faces, so I wash my brushes each time I have a client.” “I always have three to four of my favorite brushes with me.”
It’s essential to maintain a clean sponge when using makeup. Castro says that a Beautyblender should always be washed after each use.
“Wetness is the ideal breeding ground for bacteria that can cause breakouts.” A damp sponge can retain mildew, mold, and other viral infections.
She suggests that you wash the sponge as soon as possible after using it. Then, let it dry to dry before your subsequent use.
When Is It Time To Replace All Your Makeup Sponges And Brushes?
Everyone agreed that makeup brushes could be used faithfully for many years if properly cared for. Schumacher says that he rarely throws away a brush. “If it isn’t in my kit, I would recycle it by making craft brushes with them.”
The life expectancy of your brush depends on how often you use it and how well you care for it. There are clear signs that it is time to get rid of your brush. Nam and Gowers say that split ends can signify that you need to get a haircut.
However, splitting brush hairs or brush hairs falling out of your brush could indicate that it is time to retire. A bad odor can also indicate that your makeup sponge or brush is wearing out.
Gowers says that if your Beautyblender starts cracking or is smelling funny, it’s time to replace it.
Gowers recommends that you clean the container in which your makeup brushes are stored now and again to prolong their life. Nam suggests slipping brush guards ($13 at Beautylish) onto your brushes to prevent them from getting frayed.
After Restorbio has sufficiently stressed you out, I urge you to reflect on how often you wash your brushes. Are you averse to washing your brushes, or do you clean them daily like your life is on the line?
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