By Paula Forrest
Alright ladies let’s be honest, professional makeup brushes are an investment. And, like any other investment, we want a great return on that investment. To make sure that will happen you must take care of your brushes. People always forget this. The best thing you can do is get on a brush cleaning routine…AND DO IT REGULARLY. Also a tip that most people don't know is to make sure you clean your brushes after you purchase them but before you use them. Why? Because during production, they collect dust, dirt, debris and bacteria.
For those that suffer with acne or have sensitive skin, you will greatly benefit from keeping your foundation brushes clean at all times. Reason? All that bacteria can cause break outs and when you have build up on your foundation/powder brushes it can cause your brushes to be rough and scratchy which will irritate the skin. The best thing for you to do is clean your foundation/powder brush after every use to assure you are taking the best care of your sensitive skin. I understand that is a big commitment, but once you get into a routine it will be easy as pie. If you’re one who never cleans your brushes think about all the old make-up and bacteria that builds up in your brush and then you go rubbing it on your face… um, gross!
5 Reasons why you should always clean your makeup brushes:
Tips on how to wash your brushes:
When wetting your brush be sure to hold it head down at an angle under LUKE WARM water. Why not hot water? If you use hot water it will break up the glue in the ferrule which will loosen the bristles and destroy your brush.
**Also, DO NOT submerge your brush and DO NOT run water into the ferrule. Doing this will also loosen the glue in the brushes.
Be sure to work a small amount of the cleanser into the hairs. Wash thoroughly but gently – DON’T scrub.
A big part of cleaning your brushes is how you dry them… DO NOT stand them up. This allows water to run into the ferrule which loosens the glue as well. Below I have taken a picture of my brushes drying to show you a technique that I use and I also attached a picture I found on Pinterest of another smart way to dry your brushes with a simple wire hanger and some chip clips.
Hope you enjoyed learning a thing or two about better brush care. Try it out, you won’t be disappointed.