There are several ways of cleaning your makeup brushes. The most important thing is to find the best way for your personally so that it fits easily into your routine.
Cleaning your makeup sponges, the inside of your makeup bag, lash curlers and tweezers are also important and shouldn't be left behind.
Personally I clean my makeup brushes with a silicone/rubber cleansing mat (or the palm of my hand) and a little baby shampoo, but you could also invest in an electronic brush cleaner as an alternative option. This certainly cuts down on the drying time, but I prefer the old school way of washing by hand.
*Never share your makeup brushes or applicators.
*To save time I often wash 2-3 brushes together but bundling together in my hand, especially the eye brushes - it's just a little quicker and is just as effective.
I love using a rubber / silicone cleansing mat to clean my brushes - you can easily get these on Amazon. It just means a bit more friction to swirl your brushes around on instead of using the palm of your hand.
Using a little baby shampoo and a cleansing mat is my preferred way of cleansing my makeup brushes. You could also use a dedicated makeup brush gel or cream cleanser - it really depends on your personal preference.
There are several versions of these electronic brush cleaners on the market. They work with a centrifugal spin technology that cleans and dries your makeup brushes and can be a super quick way to speed up the process. I'll admit that I've never tried one - I prefer my baby shampoo and cleansing mat for now.
You can use an antibacterial spray to sterilise your brushes in between uses or to get rid of excess product, ie. while you're creating an eye look and you have too much pigment on your brush. Just spritz a few short burst then swirl it on a tissue or paper towel to rub off the excess product.
1. Submerging and / or soaking in water. Soaking the handles will damage and dissolve the glue used between the bristles and the brush handle and lead to brush shedding.
2. Using very hot or boiling water. This could also affect the bonding between bristles and the handle and cause shedding. Lukewarm water is best.
3. Drying incorrectly. Lay your brushes flat over the sink, or at a downward angle - or if you can hand them up with the brush heads pointing downwards. Avoid hot hair dryers and give yourself enough time for your brushes to be dry the next day. The bigger brushes especially don’t always dry overnight when the temperatures are cooler.
4. Not having a regular routine to clean your makeup brushes. Cleaning your brushes should happen at least weekly, with your main face brushes ideally every 2-4 days. When you're cleaning regularly your brushes will be much easier and quicker to clean - and your skin will be happier too!
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