Makeup brushes. We all use them…but are you cognizant of how you care for them?
Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria and as we would be remiss not to include a how to in our “New Year, New You, New Makeup” segment.
One of the most common questions we get is, “How often should I clean my brushes?” Thoroughly clean, once a week (meaning with brush soap and water), however, if you are using your brushes on clients and persons other than yourself, after EVERY use (use a sanitizing brush cleaner like BeautySoClean brush cleaner and wipe the contents out of your brushes with a paper towel.)
Cleaning your brushes regularly will help maintain the bristle structure as well as increase the lifespan of your brushes.
Makeup Brush Cleaning Regimen—Personal Use
If you have just used your brushes to apply your own makeup and do not plan on using them again until you put your makeup on the next morning:
Truthfully, you don’t need to clean your brushes out thoroughly. However, if you are a germ-o-phobe, like me, I would suggest cleaning them after each use with a product like BeautySoClean Brush Sanitizer.
Bacteria naturally occur on our skin, we all know this and I prefer that my brushes don’t have the same bacteria sitting on them tomorrow as they did today!
To quick cleanse your brushes simply spray the bristles with the brush cleaner, an even mist is more than sufficient, do not saturate the bristle. Take a clean paper towel or tissue and work the bristles back and forth drawing out the excess makeup product from the brush. Leave the brush out to ‘dry’ and it will be sanitary and ready for you to use again the next day!
Whether or not you choose to do a daily cleaning of your brushes a weekly cleaning is absolutely mandatory! I know you all know what it feels like when you don’t; makeup build up in your brushes can cause them to get scratchy…no one likes to beat their face in the morning with a scratchy brush!
There are a number of different ways to thoroughly clean your brushes. The three most common are a hard brush soap, a liquid brush soap, or olive oil. For most cleanings brush soap (hard or liquid) are perfectly fine, however, if your brushes are excessively soiled use olive oil.
To clean your brushes:
1. Saturate the bristle of the brush with lukewarm water.
2. Work the brush soap into the bristles by swirling them in a clockwise motion. If you are using hard brush soap swirl the brush directly on the soap, if you are using a liquid pour a dime-sized amount onto the palm of your hand.
3. Once the soap has been worked up the bristle shaft turn the faucet back on at lukewarm temperature.
4. Under the running water swirl the brush in a counter clockwise motion against the palm of your hand to draw out the product and soap from the bristles of the brush.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 until the water that is rinsed out of the brush is clear.
6. Clean the handles and ferrules (metal banding) of your brushes with soap and water.
7. Reshape the bristles of the brush back into their natural shape and leave them on an absorbent surface to air-dry.
If your brushes are excessively soiled use olive oil to clean them.
To clean brushes with olive oil:
1. Dispense a small amount of olive oil onto a clean paper towel. Never put oil directly onto the brush head. Doing this could oil soak the bristles of your brush.
2. Swirl the brush on the towel until all of the makeup residue is out of the bristles.
3. Clean with hard soap or liquid soap as usual.
Makeup Brush Cleaning Regimen—Professional Use
For sanitation reasons, you will want to quick cleanse your brushes after each and every client. To quick cleanse your brushes simply spray the bristles with the brush cleaner, an even mist is more than sufficient, do not saturate the bristle.
Take a clean paper towel or tissue and work the bristles back and forth drawing out the excess makeup product from the brush.
Leave the brush out to ‘dry’ and it will be sanitary and ready for you to use again!
Nightly, you will need to thoroughly clean your brushes. To clean your brushes follow the easy steps outlined above!
Article written by Carla Raleigh, Performance Makeup Specialize with Binders Art Supplies and Frames