Dirty makeup brushes aren’t just gross, they’re super bad for your health too. If you’re struggling with skin problems, take a look at you makeup brushes. They might be the culprit behind your acne.
You must clean your makeup brushes along with your face if you want to avoid any problems. Just imagine the amount of bacteria, dead skin and dust that is collected into your makeup brushes when they’re sitting in your bag, or on your makeup table.
These impurities can irritate you skin and leave you with rashes, and acne and definitely affect the way your makeup looks and feels on your skin. Cosmetic brush suppliers recommend to at the very least wash your brushes once a month, but a week is ideal. But it can be hard to figure out how to really clean your brushes. After years of research and trial and error, here are a few ways I found to work with cleaning you brushes completely and quickly.
- Baby shampoo.
You may have heard a lot about using makeup brush cleaners and while yes, they work, you can get just as similar results if not better using baby shampoo and it costs less. This is definitely one to consider if you’re a makeup artist or enthusiast who has a bunch of brushes that would use up all your makeup remover in one go. Baby shampoo is an easy alternative that costs much less and because it is a product made for the sensitive skin of babies, you can be sure it won’t contain any chemicals that may harm your face or brushes and it keeps your brushes soft.
- Mild soap.
If you’re not too keen on baby shampoos or can’t find a good one in your local store, it’s not a bad idea to use a soft soap. However, you do need to keep in mind that if you rub your brushes too hard on the bar soap, you may damage the hair and it may cause a little bit of a fall out. Generally, soaps are an even cheaper option than baby shampoos and the easiest to find. But try to avoid soaps, bars or liquids, if you have sensitive skin as they do have a tendency to not suit every skin type.
- Brush mat.
Use a brush mat instead of your palms to swirl your brush on when you’re cleaning them. Another one for if you have a lot of brushes here. Sometimes, your hands can get tired and your palms may not have the perfect texture to get your brushes clean. Using a brush mat, with different textures makes the process go a lot faster than simply using you palms.
- Brush pad.
Now this one’s for my ladies that never have enough time to clean your brushes. Brush pads may not disinfect your brushes, but if you just want to use different pigments and don’t have a lot of brushes on hand, buy yourself a brush pad. All you need to do is swirl your brush gently on it until there’s no more pigment dusting off. It’s an easy solution to get you brushes ready for the next application but it does not replace properly cleaning them.
Now, those are a few methods that I found to work best. But that’s not the end of this. It is important to know how to clean your brushes when you’re wetting them. Here’s a few of my tips –
- Never, ever, let any water seep into the ferrule of the brush as it can dissolve the adhesive and make your brush hair loose and fall out or cause the handle of the brush to come apart too.
- Always let your brushes dry bristle side facing down, again to avoid any water from getting into the ferrule.
- Be very gentle with your brushes. Do not squeeze the bristles to get the water out and do not rub them on any surface. Lightly press it sideways on a paper towel and let dry.
- Do not leave your brushes in a damp area.
- Always use warm water to clean your brushes. Not hot, not cold. Warm water will take the product off you brushes faster without damaging the bristles in the process.