HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES SO THEY LAST FOREVER!
So you’ve just purchased high quality makeup brushes and can’t wait to watch a few makeup tutorials to learn the best application techniques. But one thing that’s just as important to master is how to clean your makeup brushes at home. Read on to learn how to clean your makeup brushes so they last forever!
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CLEAN MY MAKEUP BRUSHES?
The amount of bacteria that builds up on makeup brushes can be harmful to your skin. The longer you leave your makeup brushes without cleaning them, the more likely you are to be transferring bacteria to your face, which can cause pore congestion and nasty breakouts.
When makeup brushes are freshly cleaned, achieving an even and smooth finish to your foundation coverage is much easier.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY MAKEUP BRUSHES?
The more often you clean your makeup brushes, the longer they will last. Sigma Beauty, maker of Adore Beauty’s best-selling makeup brushes, recommends you clean your makeup brushes once a week. However, if you don’t regularly use your makeup brushes, 1-2 times per month will still keep your brushes in great condition.
WHAT SHOULD I CLEAN MY BRUSHES WITH AT HOME?
Anything gentle that you’d trust on your skin or hair is ideal. You can use hair shampoo, cleansers or specialised brush cleaning solutions. Some best-selling products suitable for brush cleaning are philosophy purity made simple 3-in-1 cleanser for face and eyes, Dr. Bronner Castile Liquid Soap and Bobbi Brown Conditioning Brush Cleanser. If you’re using your brushes daily, or on other people, use an antibacterial brush spray like Bobbi Brown Brush Cleaning Spray in between uses.
There are certain cleaning solutions to avoid when cleaning your makeup brushes at home. These are washing detergents, hand soaps and any oils (like coconut oil or olive oil). Washing detergents and hand soaps will strip the softness from the brushes, making them stiff and harsh to use. Oils will leave a residue in the brushes which will not come out. So although you can cleanse your face with oil, don’t use it on your makeup brushes.
HOW DO I DRY MY MAKEUP BRUSHES?
The most inconvenient part about cleaning your brushes is the drying time. Usually it takes a full night for makeup brushes to dry after being washed. A professional tip is to hang your brushes upside-down to drain excess water from the bristles, while helping to maintain the brushes unique shape.
HOW WILL CLEANING MY BRUSHES AFFECT MY MAKEUP APPLICATION?
The more foundation and product you let build up on your brushes, the less likely you are to be able to achieve a flawless and blended finish. Uncleaned brushes can leave makeup looking patchy, cakey and uneven.
WHAT TYPE OF MAKEUP BRUSHES ARE BEST?
Choosing between using synthetic or natural makeup brushes comes down to personal preference. Natural makeup brushes are great for applying powder products, as they’re perfect for evenly blending powdery textures. Synthetic brushes are beneficial when it comes to using liquid foundations, as the bristles of synthetic makeup brushes don’t allow product to become trapped and built up at the base of the brush.
About Adore Beauty
Adore Beauty is Australia's leading online shopping destination for beauty products and cosmetics. With over 150 cosmetics brands and 10,000-plus beauty care products, there's no better place to shop for your favourite beauty brands.
Adore Beauty arrived on the web way back in April 2000, the brainchild of self-confessed "beauty junkie" Kate Morris. Having grown up in Launceston, Tasmania, she had always bemoaned the fact that all the hottest beauty products mentioned in the magazines were only available to those who lived in the big cities. Kate was inspired to create an online beauty boutique that would allow women everywhere to access the best products, anywhere, anytime.
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