Three Ways to Properly Clean Makeup Brushes

Why should we clean our makeup brushes & how often? A clean brush is a promise of healthy skin.

If we buy quality makeup brushes, we want them to last as they are an investment. So we must exercise proper care of them. Brushes can be a breeding ground for micro-organisms if not cleaned.

We use them daily mixing them with cosmetics, natural skin fats and dead skin cells. The result is that bacteria end up colonising the brush bristles. By using them again without cleaning, we are applying these unwanted germs to our clean skin. If you use a brush like this to your clients, you are guilty of passing the bacteria from one person to another.

If you make it a rule to regularly clean your brushes, you eliminate the bacteria, fat and necrotic skin cells on them. An added bonus to cleaning regularly is that your brushes will become softer which is important to ladies with sensitive skin.

So how often do you need to clean makeup brushes? The answer is no less than once a week.

Although a brush used for foundation, for example, should be cleaned after each use.

It is best to wash the brushes in the evening and let them air dry on their own overnight.

Makeup Brush Cleaning Methods

1) The easiest and cheapest way to clean brushes is to simply use soap. It is one of the most effective means but because it is so simple, it is sometimes overlooked. But nothing dissolves dirt better than soap. Just brush over wet soap, massage it with your fingertips and rinse under warm running water. Note when washing the brushes, it is not desirable to get water on the base that holds the bristles. This could lead to bristles falling out. Gently squeeze the bristles with the fingertips to get rid of excess water. Place the brush on a dry towel in a horizontal position and allow to dry.

2) Another alternative is to use baby shampoo or dishwashing liquid. These are quite effective in removing dirt & body fats although they need more rinsing out. If the brush feels a bit slippery after cleaning, continue rinsing until it feels squeaky clean. Again, dry as above.

3) This method uses olive oil. This technique should only be used on very dirty brushes. Apply a small amount of olive oil to a paper towel. Take your dirty, dry brush and wipe it on the towel. Do not use too much oil. You need only a small amount to dissolve makeup from the brush. After that, wash as per one of the above methods.

A note about drying the brushes. As noted above it is desirable to dry on a flat surface but it is preferable to have them at a slight slope with the brush head facing down. This will allow the bristles to dry better and prevent moisture from condensing around the base of the brush. Moisture remaining around the base of the bristles will shorten the lifespan of the brush, and will also create another favourable environment for bacteria.

So by cleaning your makeup brushes regularly, you are prolonging the life of your brushes and therefore saving yourself unnecessary costs.