How to clean makeup brushes and sponges
So by now, we all know we need to wash our makeup brushes (as well as some of our other beauty tools) on the regular. And I furiously applaud you if you actually manage to clean them fortnightly. That ain’t easy.
But, the big question is, are you doing it right?
Yeah, there’s such a thing as washing make-up brushes wrong. Who would have thought? And if you’re guilty of committing some of those no-nos, you could be damaging not only your brushes, but also your skin.
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Here’s an easy break down of the dos and don’ts of makeup brush washing:
Wash your sponge and brushes every couple of weeks to avoid bacteria build-up. As you can imagine, using a brush full of bacteria can lead to breakouts and congestion.
Rely on just a spray to properly clean your brushes. A spray, like Artiste Brush Cleaner and Mary Kay® Brush Cleaner, is great to use when switching between powders and for spot cleans – not for thorough cleanse.
Give your brushes a good, deep clean with a brush shampoo or cleansing oil. Eco Tools Makeup Brush Shampoo and e.l.f. cosmetics Studio brush Shampoo will help to instantly remove colour from the surface of the bristles, as well as cleaning deep into the brush to get rid of dirt and grease. As for your sponge or blender, hold it under warm water until it’s completely soaked through before squeezing a little bit of the same shampoo onto it. Massage the shampoo through the sponge and then rinse it until the water runs clear. Squeeze all the water out and sit it on a towel to dry out.
Use any ol’ shampoo on your brushes. The formula may be too harsh for the fine brush hairs and if that’s the case, you’ll ruin your brush. No, thanks! If you don’t have a brush cleaner, use a shampoo for babies instead, like DermaVeen Baby Shampoo or Cetaphil Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo. The gentle, soap-free formula will clean your brushes without damaging them.
Gently remould the bristles into their original shape when you’re done washing. Just be careful not to squeeze them too hard (or with a towel) as this can change the shape of the brush.
Use a hairdryer to force the bristles to dry quicker. This is basically a one-way ticket to ruined brushes. After washing your brushes, squeeze out as much excess water as you can, and leave them to air-dry.
Leave your brushes to dry upright. Excess water can drip down into the base, which can lead to rotting. For the best results, lay them flat to dry, or if you’ve got some of Rae Morris’ nifty magnetic brushes (which you can find at Mecca), you can hang them upside down from your rangehood.
How many ‘don’ts’ are you guilty of doing? Do you have any dos or don’ts to add?
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