If you’re an absolute makeup geek, you will know the importance of your ‘holy’ brushes. You can overuse that beauty blender all you want, but nothing blends a base better than a soft foundation brush. Every single day, we thank our makeup Gods for these tools. But how often do we end up cleaning these beauts? No one has the time or patience to bathe their brushes every day That said deep cleaning these tools at least once a week should become a priority. You wash your face twice or thrice a day, but how often do you give your tools the same kind of care? Using a dirty makeup brush on your face is an absolute no-no. Brush hairs are porous, so they hold onto oil, debris, and bacteria. Not only is it a horror show for your skin but dirty brushes lead to spotty application making blending extremely difficult. Just like you follow a skincare routine, it is time you follow a brush care routine too, especially if you want to keep the pimple-causing microbes at bay.
Which is why WODROB’s decided to give you a rundown on how to get all the grime out of your brushes by using the right products and accessories without doing these tools any damage.
Deep clean with baby shampoo and water
This is probably the mildest solution to cleaning brushes that is followed by makeup professionals all over the world. Here’s what you’ve got to do.
1. Wet the bristles of your brush with lukewarm water.
2. Take some baby shampoo in your palm and gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm.
3. If you feel your hands aren’t enough for your weekly deep-cleaning desires, and is also drying out your skin on your palms, slip on a brush cleansing glove. You can also place a brush cleansing mat on your sink. Both these have an insane amount of rubby-nubby patches that wash away the goop that are in the grooves of your brushes.
4. Rinse the bristles with water without letting any of it enter the ferrule (metallic cap or ring on the handle) of the brush. The bristles are glued to the ferrule, and water as well as detergent can cause the glue to disintegrate. This results in the bristles to come loose and shed.
5. Carefully squeeze out the excess water with a clean towel.
6. Reshape the bristles and lay them flat with it (the bristles) hanging off the edge on a counter only to ensure that they dry back to their original shape. Never let your brushes dry on a towel—the bristles can turn musty.
Nothing better than good ol’ Johnson’s baby shampoo to give these brushes a weekly rinse. The formula is extremely mild and will leave your brushes clean and conditioned without causing any damage to them.
Daily maintenance using a brush cleanser
For people who are extremely fussy about keeping the bacteria away from their brushes at all times, this is the perfect solution.
1. Pour some brush cleanser on a paper towel and gently swirl the tip of the brush on it.
2. Repeat until you get rid of all the goop from your tools.
3. Give your brush final swirl on a dry paper towel.
4. Reshape the bristles by placing them straight. Let them dry as you hang the bristles on the edge of the counter
The alcohol in the cleanser will disinfect your brush leaving it bacteria free and quick-drying. We still recommend deep cleaning your brushes with soap and water once a week though.