How to Clean and Care for Makeup Brushes?

For female friends, makeup is almost a daily necessity, but the issue of cleaning makeup brushes is equally important. This is because makeup brushes are the items that most frequently come into contact with our skin. If makeup brushes are not clean and contain bacteria, they can pose a threat to our skin’s health.

Furthermore, makeup brushes come in various types: animal hair and synthetic fibers. Brushes with animal hair are generally used for powder makeup products, such as powder brushes and blush brushes, which have fine bristles. Brushes with synthetic fibers are usually a bit firmer and are primarily used for liquid and cream makeup products, such as eyeliner brushes and foundation brushes.

Brushes with animal hair are typically dry cleaned more often, and a basic monthly cleaning is usually sufficient. In contrast, brushes with synthetic fibers require more frequent wet cleaning, ideally once or twice a week, to keep them clean.

So, let’s explore how to clean makeup brushes! What are the cleaning steps?

  1. Wet the Bristles: The first step in cleaning makeup brushes is to wet the bristles. It’s essential to use lukewarm water rather than hot water, as hot water can damage the brush bristles. Additionally, it’s best to use a professional brush cleanser. If you don’t have one, you can use a mild, sulfate-free shampoo. However, avoid using cleansers or soaps with alcohol, as they can damage the brushes and lead to bristle fraying.
  2. Finger Massage: After wetting the brush bristles, apply the cleanser and start cleaning the brushes with your fingers. Use your fingertips to gently massage the bristles in a swirling motion, following the natural direction of the bristles. Circular brushes can be massaged in a circular motion, while flat brushes can be cleaned in a zigzag pattern. Be gentle to prevent shedding.
  3. Rinse Thoroughly: After cleaning the makeup brushes, rinse them thoroughly with lukewarm water. Make sure to rinse in the direction of the bristles’ natural alignment. Avoid rinsing against the bristles, as this can lead to water getting trapped in the brush handle and potentially causing mildew.
  4. Remove Excess Water: After rinsing, gently squeeze out the excess water from the bristles using your fingers. This step helps to remove most of the moisture.
  5. Absorb Water: Place the clean brushes on a flat, absorbent surface, such as a kitchen paper towel. The paper towel will absorb the remaining moisture from the brush bristles, allowing them to dry naturally.
  6. Reshape Bristles: Once the brushes have mostly dried and still have a slight dampness, reshape the bristles to their original form. You can either hang the brushes or lay them flat to dry. When laying them flat, ensure the bristles are pointing downwards to prevent water from seeping into the brush handle, which can lead to mold.
  7. Allow Natural Drying: Allow the brushes to air dry in a cool, shaded area. Do not use a hairdryer or place the brushes in direct sunlight, as this can damage the bristles and handles. Let them dry naturally.

By following these steps, you can keep your makeup brushes clean, ensuring they remain effective and hygienic for your daily makeup routine.

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