The makeup brush finally has its moment with the viral #dontrushchallenge but you might not be so bold to join in with your all-caked-up-brush looking like it took a bath in a muddy pool. It’s time to take your makeup brushes to the sink and exchange the eyesore for a worthy tool, reborn and acceptable even under the scrutiny of social media. Asides the inevitable breakouts, makeup done with a dirty brush ends up looking unblended and flawed.
Truth be told, the occasional wash doesn’t cut it and that might be the reason for the recurring breakouts on your face. It’s been advised by a good number of professional makeup artists to wash your makeup brushes at least once a week. It goes beyond the frequency of wash day to “the how” and you just might have been doing it wrong all along.
What do I use to wash my makeup brushes effectively?
The traditional soap and water: As regular as it sounds, this is very effective. The twist here is to use a mild soap as anything short of this would leave you with a dried-out brush.
Makeup brush cleaner: There are actual products created for this sole purpose, try them out.
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Wet the brush with water but do not soak it to avoid water seeping into the base.
Put the soap on your hands and massage into the brush.
Scrub the brush against the makeup brush cleaner.
Wash horizontally, so water doesn’t loosen the brush from the handle.
Squeeze with a clean towel and rearrange the brush back to shape, then allow it to dry out with the bristles, not in direct contact with any surface.
Other ways to clean your makeup brushes…
Facial cleanser: Some beauty experts swear by this method. The theory is simple. If the facial cleanser can effectively clean your face in the mildest but thorough manner, they’ll do your brushes no harm.
You can also opt to wash your brushes with other solutions like vinegar or baby shampoo. Check out these videos for a detailed guide on how to clean your makeup brushes with vinegar and baby shampoo.
With baby shampoo…
Remember, no matter how often you wash your brush, if it’s starting to shed or lose its original shape then it has done its time and you have to let go.
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