We are true makeup fanatics, but there is one part of our routine that we actively detest washing our brushes. We know we’ve to, but not only does it take up a lot of our time which we can be using for Netflix binge-watching, but it can also really damage our favorite tools if we do it wrong. If you are more of a skimmer, let this be the one fact you learn, don’t share your brushes with anyone else. Coming in contact with your germs and oils is one thing, but being exposed to somebody else’s bacteria is completely another. Once you know the danger of a dirty brush, you will need to clean your tools daily. Here is how to get the job done.
Your Brush Cleaning Options
You’ve 2 choices when cleaning your brushes, a quick-dry method, or a more thorough wet wash. But before you start, consider your equipment. just like different hair textures have different requirements, so do brushes. Fine haired ones require to be treated with the utmost care as they are cleaned to avoid breakage, while coarse bristled tools require to be conditioned so they do not get rough. And take some more time washing your synthetic styles, particularly if you use them for applying cream products such as foundation. Because they are not porous and do not absorb any oils, you’ve to be careful not to let them get weighed and coated down. When you are washing your tool, let its shape guide you. Round or Domed brushes can be swirled, while flatter shapes should be dragged from side to side. If you work against the brush shape, you can wind up distorting the hair pattern or damaging the hairs. While you can think that is not such a big deal, trust us mussed or broken bristles means a messy application. And, when you are making high precise looks like a cat eye, you do not want your tool working against you.
How to Clean Your Brushes
For a fast clean perfect for beauty or pros girls in a hurry, use an alcohol-based product like Lazy Perfection Makeup Brush Cleanser ($7). It will cleanse and sanitize your brush but dry rapidly. Spritz it down so that it’s damp, then wipe the bristles against a clean, soft towel that you do not mind staining. While you can have used a paper towel or tissue in the past for this. I do not like to wipe brushes on a paper towel or a tissue because the paper can disintegrate and leave tiny fibers in the brush hairs. Repeat your wiping and spraying process until you see no residue on the towel. For a deeper clean. They are both very gentle on bristles, after all, you use Woo lite on your cashmere so it’s good enough for your tools. If you are washing synthetic ones, break out the dish soap. A tiny drop of dish detergent in warm water will break up any oil that is accumulated. A textured surface grips into the brush hairs, which aids to pull out the pigments and oils. For super delicate or stained brushes, just softly swirl them in the palm of your hand until they are clean.
Brush Drying Tips
When it comes to preserving the shape of your brushes, it is all about how you let it dry post-wash. Even if it gets bent and splayed during washing, you may wet it down again to reset the hair pattern. It is recommended to squeeze wet brushes in a paper towel to soak up additional moisture then reshaping the head with hand. Above all, do not be rough with it. If you spin, shake or flick your brush, you will get the hairs out of place and they will dry frizzy, the similar way your hair will if you shook it out instead of brushing or combing it. Furthermore, being harsh on it can loosen the glue in the ferrule the metal between the bristles and the handle, damaging it irreparably. You can have read that storing a brush on its side is the best way to let it air dry. You need to prevent water from dripping into the handle, which’s what causes the heads]to come loose. It is suggested setting the bristles over the edge of the counter so that they get 360-degree air circulation. Try taping handles to the counter so that they stay put. This way, you will not get a matted shape on one side like you will if you set it down on a flat surface.
When to Clean Your Brushes
We get it this can take the best chunk of time out of your day and you need to avoid it as much as possible. The good news? You do not have to clean your brushes each day. As long as your skin is clear and you are not dealing with any infections or allergies lightly wiping the bristles on a towel in between uses, which will extend the amount of time you can go between washes. Wet washing once a week is not realistic for most people, so if you can use a spray cleanser every 1-2 weeks and do a full wet wash once a month, that should be good. But if you’re prone and oily to breakouts, wash more consistently. Professional makeup artists, you do not get to be lazy here. Makeup brushes, 100%, require to be thoroughly washed after every single client.