31 Day Skin Care Re-Boot Challenge Day 10
Clean Your Make up Brushes
Raise your hand, who’s guilty of this one? I know I don’t clean my brushes like I should, but when I stopped and thought about it, I would bet my life that most people don’t take this as seriously as they should.
Knowing that all those little bacteria are hiding in the bristles is enough to well, make you want to throw up. Cleaning your brushes at least every 1-2 weeks assures that bacteria is not building up on your brush and bacteria won’t be transferred to your face. Cleaning brushes also keeps the bristles soft and prevents the make up from mixing and creating shades that are no longer true to color.
How To Clean Make-Up Brushes
There are a number of ways to clean makeup brushes. Before you start to clean the brushes, go through them and examine if they have been used with powder-based product or a creme – based product.
Brushes used on powder -based products usually require a light cleaning where as brushes that have been used with creme -based products demand a heavier cleaning technique.
Technique 1 – Light Cleaning
This method is used for lightly soiled brushes.
- Rinse bristles under lukewarm water- DON’T use hot water, heat can damage bristles.
- Make sure you hold the brush in a more vertical direction, allowing the water to run downward towards the bristles. Avoid getting water near the metal clasp, doing so can ruin the glue and the bristles start to fall out. Rinse away as much make up as you can ,
- Place 1/4 cup warm water in a bowl
- Add 1 tsp. anti-bacterial soap and stir gently -( you can also use Castile soap )
- Dip brush into the mixture and swirl- making sure not to get water under the metal.
- Remove brush, gently loosen make up with fingers.
- Rinse, continuing to loosen any make up. Rinse until water is clear.
- Gently towel blot brush, squeeze excess water from bristles , straighten and reshape any bristles. Let dry.
Technique 2- Heavily- Soiled Cleaning
- Use a light oil such as almond, hazelnut or olive oil, take a few paper towels and pour a small amount of oil on the paper towel. Dip the bristles into the oil and gently swirl around. Gently move the brush back and forth over the towel to loosen the dirt.
- Rinse in lukewarm water, again using the same downward water flow as above. Continue rinsing dislodging any makeup.
- Take a squirt of anti-bacterial soap in the palm of your hand and gently swirl brush in circular motion in your palm, keeping bristles touching your skin to loosen makeup. Continue this method until water/soap in your palm is clear.
- Gently rinse until the soap is out of the brush. Pat day on a towel, squeeze bristles to remove excess water. Straighten and reshape bristles Let dry.
- Store your brushes upright while drying– water seeping down into the handle and metal clasp can cause rust and rot.
- Use a blowdryer or flatiron on bristles. The extreme heat from either tool will ruin the fragile fiber of the make up brush, always AIR-DRY.
Over -The-Counter Make up Brush cleaners can also be used , of course they are more expensive than the DIY methods above, but you may want to try one. Most make up companies have them.
Written By: Alice Wilcox
July 26, 2016
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