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A new year means cultivating new cleaning habits.
Just like you, I absolutely hate cleaning my makeup brushes. It takes up a significant amount of time, especially because I own more than 40 brushes. Although tedious, thoroughly cleaning my used brushes is 100% necessary.
Using brushes covered in weeks old makeup, bacteria buildup, and dead skin cells can seriously harm not only your application but your well-being. Unclean cosmetic brushes bear vicious bacteria that causes moderate conditions like pink eye to more severe problems like a staph infection. I know bearing an hour or two after a busy day to wash your brushes can be troublesome, but it’s worth it!
The potential benefits of using clean brushes are smoother makeup application, less skin irritation, gentler bristles, and increased brush longevity.
There are so many practical ways to deep clean and daily disinfect brushes. From gentle mists to brush shampoos, the choices are endless.
Deep Cleansing Makeup Brushes
Whether deep cleansing by hand or with an automated machine, there are two key ingredients you’ll need—lukewarm water and a powerful cleanser.
There are some other tools you can use to ease the process, including a drying rack, towel, or brush matt. clean makeup brushes
Cleaning By Hand
Cleaning brushes by hand is a long and time-consuming process, but with a good brush matt and an adequate cleanser, it can be accelerated.
While cleaning, avoid getting water into the base of the brush. Water pooling into the brush’s base can cause wear on the glue, therefore causing it to fall apart.
Then, after wetting the bristles, add cleanser to the brush and gently swirl it into the center of the brush pad. Lastly, rinse the brush and put it aside to dry on a rack or towel.
Brush Matt or Brush Pad
Real Techniques Brush Cleaning Palette
e.l.f. Makeup Brush Cleaning Glove
e.l.f. Brush Shampoo
E.l.f. Brush Shampoo swiftly gets the job accomplished. It’s also insanely affordable and gets the gunk out of bristles.
Cinema Secrets Professional Makeup Brush Cleaner
Cinema Secrets is more geared towards working makeup artists. If you’re just starting off in the profession, it’ll be an essential addition to your kit.
Johnson & Johnson's Baby Shampoo
Gentle enough for your baby and your makeup brushes. Baby Shampoo is an affordable alternative to harsh cleansers.
Brush Cleaning Machine
A brush cleaning machine can be a fast and efficient way to deep cleanse dirty brushes. Some devices also have a dryer, so you can quickly get back to painting.
Luxe Makeup Brush Cleaner
STYLPro Makeup Brush Cleaner Set
The secret to daily brush disinfection begins with a mist. After generously spraying the brush, gently sweep the brush onto a towel or paper towel.
e.l.f. Daily Brush Cleaner
NYX Professional On the Spot Mist
Which cleaning method will you be incorporating into your routine? Tell me in the comments below!