How to clean your makeup brushes?

How to clean your makeup brushes?

Good and poor brushes

When it comes to cleaning your instruments

How to clean your makeup brushes?

In my opinion, the biggest part of the makeup process is the actual instrument – makeup brushes. Good brushes apply products in such a way, that beautifies everything. Poor brushes make every makeup look patchy, not blended and feels scratchy too.

When it comes to cleaning your instruments – you have to decide how much time you can spend on it and what needs you have. If you work as a Makeup Artist – of course your brushes have to be clean for every client with no word. If you are wondering how often and how to clean your Personal brushes – you should do it every week preferably, or at least brushes that you are using with liquids, such as foundation.

The research shows that dirty makeup brushes CANNOT lead to acne or anything on this matter, but I would assume that it is just gross, personally, to be using a dirty instrument.

Brushes accumulate a lot of bacteria, dirt and just overall environmental post-products,  that is true. Especially if that brush is made from a natural hair – such a goat hair. Every natural hair, including human’s, keeps every smell which is around. And for this reason – you better clean it.

 

SO HOW OFTEN?

  • For Artists – after every use.
  • Personal – once a week is preferred.
  • For liquids – the more the better.
  • Beauty blender – after every use.

 

 

How to clean?

For Artists

If you work every day or have several clients a day, it is impossible to wash your brushes every single time with water and soapy cleansers. You have to use makeup brush cleaners, which are gentle enough, have no alcohol in them and dry instantly, since you have to use it in 5 min after you clean.

It is critical – NO alcohol in brush cleaners! Alcohol – is distractive for our skin, as well as for our brushes. It dries out the actual fiber of the brush, making it dry and prone to braking, which makes a brush really scratchy and tough to the touch. It is absolutely unacceptable to use those on a client.

 

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The clear one contains no alcohol, and this is my favorite.  The pink one contains alcohol and is only suited for the synthetic fiber brushes, but personally I don’t use it.
I prefer no alcohol substances for all of my brushes.

Here they are: Esti Professional Makeup Instant Brush Cleaner

 

I recommend using gentle cleaners for everyday use.

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MAKE UP FOR EVER Instant Brush Cleanser

Also a good choice for cleaning make up brushes. It is available in every Sephora

They work is very much the same way. You just poor a tiny drop of a product of a paper towel and start gently rubbing the brush onto the surface. After some time the brush comes out clean and soft. And the only thing you should do with the Makeup Forever Cleanser is to use a clean paper towel again to get off the residue from the brush, because this one is oil-based.

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They work is very much the same way. You just poor a tiny drop of a product of a paper towel and start gently rubbing the brush onto the surface. After some time the brush comes out clean and soft. And the only thing you should do with the Makeup Forever Cleanser is to use a clean paper towel again to get off the residue from the brush, because this one is oil-based.

So, how about deep clean?

For deep cleaning the brush with water I would recommend this one

Bobbi Brown Conditioning Brush Cleanser

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This one is gentle enough, conditioning and doesn’t leave any smell on the brush, what I prefer much more than synthetic scents.

Please remember to wash New makeup brush before you use it! Not only for hygiene reasons but also because new brushes have some extra hair which need to fell of. And also it needs that washing which water to become nice and fluffy. It is neccesary and never skip this step.

 

How to clean your personal brushes?

You can, of course, use every thing I said earlier. But if you don’t want to bother, you can use a gentle facial cleanser which is made for sensitive skip to wash your brushes once a week or every 2 weeks.

For the beauty blender, I actually use the bar soap, because it’s the only one thing that makes it look like new. But please, never use bar soaps to clean your brushes – one wash and the brush is destroyed.

THE PROCESS
  • When you wash the brush – never allow water to meet the ferul area. Which is this metal thing in a brush. It glues and holds all hair together and if you keep water there it detroyes the structure thoughout the time and hairs will fall off eventually.
  • Lay your brushes horizontaly when you dry them. It is the best and easiest way.
  • AIR dry all of your brushes – no hair dryers, no nothing, just air.
  • Don’t use hair conditioner for your brushes – it’s gonna make them softer, being so soft they will not pick up the product. It destroyes brushes as well. Don’t do it.
  • But Absolutely rinse your brushes after you wash with a cold water, it helps the hair to stay in shape and feels nice after they dry.

 

 

KATE CHER