Asking a woman when was the last time she washed her makeup brushes is like asking her when she last washed her bras. First comes the furrowed brows as she tries to remember, then the look of shock, then of course, red-in-the-face embarrassment.
It’s not that we’re unclean creatures. We’re quite adamant when it comes to our weekly change of sheets and towels, and our 3-month toothbrush rotation. But for some reason, the cleanliness of our makeup brushes slip our minds morning after morning.
But it’s quite gross when you think about it. Using dirty makeup brushes is like applying dust, dead skin and who know’s what else to your face, and keeping it on there all day long. That’s gross, ladies. Ew.
And so, we’ve put together an easy step-by-step guide to show you the simplest way to clean your brushes without damaging them.
Not only will you no longer be applying dirt and grime to your face, but you’ll notice your makeup will go on much better, and you may even notice a clearer complexion due to a decrease in skin irritation.
How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Ahead, we tell you why it's important to apply your makeup with brushes to begin with, followed by the tools you need to clean your brushes, and a step-by-step guide to removing residue build-up on your brush bristles.
Brush Cleaning Basics
As you've probably come to know, good brushes are essential tools for applying makeup properly. They're the secret weapon for attaining a flawless complexion, while speeding up the whole application process. For a fabulous set, we're loving the Artistry Brushes from NARS Cosmetics. From the perfect finishing powder brush to a precision powder brush, these handy looks ensure even, effortless blending...when they're clean, that is.
What You Need to Clean Makeup Brushes
1. Makeup brushes
2. Paper towel
3. Your sink
4. A shallow bowl
5. A gentle shampoo
6. A clean, lint-free towel
Step One: Dab Off Excess Makeup
Begin with dabbing off excess makeup from the brushes, by delicately wiping them on a piece of paper towel.
Step Two: Rinse Your Brushes
One by one, run them under lukewarm water. Focus on just wetting the brushes, avoiding the part where the metal head reaches the handle, as this could loosen the glue.
Step Three: Rinse, Lather, Repeat
Fill a shallow bowl with warm water and a dash of shampoo, and swirl the brushes around to remove makeup residue. Use your fingers to gently rub out the residue as well. Then, rinse the brushes under the sink again, and repeat as often as necessary until the water runs clear from the brush.
Step Four: Let Them Dry
Use a cloth to remove excess water from the brushes, and reshape them with your fingers. Then, lay them on their side on top of a paper towel, and let dry for 24 hours.