Clean your Makeup Brushes the Right Way!
Today we talk about sanitation of your makeup brushes!
Yes, we know that cleaning your brushes can be such a chore and isn’t the most enjoyable thing to do. However, did you know that the bristles can become a breeding ground for GERMS that could lead to breakouts. Also bacteria including staph and E. coli, along with viruses like the cold sore virus, which can live on bristles for a long time. Gross, right?!
Not only that, but dirty bristles can also make it difficult to blend makeup, leaving you with an uneven, patchy application, while abrasive, dried-up makeup left on the bristles can cause scratching and skin irritation. *insert sad face*
Now that we’ve scared you straight, lets start making it a habit to clean your brushes the proper way. We RECOMMEND cleaning them every week, but lets be honest… humans are creatures of habit and laziness is a real thing, so once a month will suffice…
In this article we will go over two ways of using our go-to products used to cleaning brushes and one good ol’ do-it-yourself trick.
Lets get started…
Professional Cleaning Solutions:
There are many types of professional brush cleaners on the market but our favourites are the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner and the Beauty Blender Pure Solid Cleanser.
1) Place a small amount of Cinema Secrets in a cup and gently wipe each brush clean by gently swirling onto a paper towel and repeat as necessary. Allow the makeup brush to dry completely before using.
NOTE: Do not dip the entire brush into the solution, you only need a tiny amount at the tips as the bristles will absorb the solution quickly!!
Pro Tip: Mix 50% Cinema Secrets with 50% 99% Isopropyl Alcohol when cleaning brushes, this will make your product last way longer!
2) With the Beauty Blender Pure Solid Cleanser, simply massage a small amount into your damp sponge or brush, lather and rinse. This compact, travel-friendly cleaner comes in a solid, wax-like formula and while it’s specifically designed for products like the Beauty Blender sponge it can be used on brushes too. A little goes a long way with this one and we love that it comes with a gentle silicone pad to help remove stubborn build-up.
DIY At Home :
3) With Luke warm water, saturate the bristles avoiding direct contact with the glue holding the bristles in place.
Place a drop of cleaner of your choice (e.g.: gentle hand soap or baby shampoo) into the the palm of your hand or on a cleansing mat gently swirl the bristles onto your palm or mat to create a lather, and work the lather through the bristles.
Rinse the brush thoroughly, squeeze out excess water gently with a soft towel or cloth, reshape the bristles in the head of the brush, and let them dry.
Pro tip: Hang your brushes upside down or flat on the edge of a counter, rather than standing them up. This will cause faster wear and tear to the adhesive under the ferrule (that metal piece on in between the handle and the bristles) which will lead to shedding.