Posted on October 01 2017
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES CLEAN?
Did you know that cleaning your makeup brushes is just as important as cleansing your skin?
The most obvious reason to clean your brushes is because they come in contact with the skin of your face and you don't want dirt and bacteria to be transferred from your brush to your face. Makeup and other skincare product builds up on your brush as well as bacteria and skin cells. This just keeps getting transferred from your face to your brush to your makeup and back again. Not a pretty scenario right?
Dirty brushes also lose their efficacy. They no longer apply product on your face as well as they are supposed to.
Last of all, all that product buildup on your brush adds weight on the bristles making them fall out and making your brush even less effective! So if you've spent a pretty packet on expensive, good quality brushes, think of this step as protecting your investment :-)
So cleaning your brushes should really be a regular part of your beauty routine.
LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES
A good rule of thumb would be to wipe them with a clean disposable tissue after every use and then to give them a deep clean every week.
Now cleaning your brushes should not be treated like laundry day.
Don't just tip your brushes into a tub of soapy water, let them soak and then rinse off. Soaking the brushes in water causes the water to seep up the barrel and loosens the glue that holds the bristles in place.
- Start by taking a small amount of any mild everyday shampoo in the palm of your hand.
- Wet your brush and then swirl it around in the shampoo in your palm.
- Use your fingers like a scrubbing board and run the brush over them till all the makeup is removed
- Wash the brush clean in running water till there is no sign of makeup residue and soap suds.
- Squeeze the water from the brushes using your thumb and fingers and then lay flat to dry on a folded towel.
- The slight incline ensures that water does not travel up the barrel of your brush. This way the bristles can air dry naturally without coming in contact with anything, thereby retaining their shape once dry.
Watch the video below to see how it's done.
And that's it! A simple 5 minute exercise every week to ensure you have clean brushes and great skin to boot :-) While there are specialised brush cleansing formulas available in the market, any mild daily shampoo will also do the trick.