After investing in quality makeup brushes, the last thing you want is for them to clump up and lose their shape. Here’s how to protect your brushes.
We get it, giving your makeup brushes a little extra care may be a huge chore at times. But think about it, you’ve invested so much money on them, so why let it go down the drain? After a period of use, the bristles are likely to clump up and lose shape due to the accumulation of makeup product and dirt. And if you’ve been getting recurring breakouts, your dirty makeup brushes may be just be the culprits. So give them some TLC, and they will stay clean, soft and fluffy for a longer time.
Get rid of excess product
The build-up of makeup product in the bristles not only causes skin irritation and breakouts, it may also prevent you from getting the flawless finish you’re supposed to get. Dirty brushes result in muddy-looking makeup – not a look anyone is going for. After using your brushes, make it a good habit to tap off any excess product. If there’s remaining product on the brushes, wipe it off gently with a cloth or soft tissue. This reduces the build-up of product in the bristles, keeping your brushes as clean as possible in between washes.
Store them properly
Storing your brushes in a clean and dry place is just as important as washing them. If you are bringing them around, put them in a separate pouch instead of dumping them together with your makeup products. At home, it’s best to keep them covered to prevent dust and dirt from getting trapped in the bristles. Think about it – whatever gets caught in your brushes is going to go on your face. Yikes! To keep your brushes clean and germ-free, store them in a cool and dry cabinet. Tip: Cleaned candle jars make cute brush holders.
Wash them regularly
If you use makeup brushes every day, the delicate bristles should be washed at least once a week, in order for them to stay in tip-top condition. You don’t have to use specially formulated soap – regular mild soap or shampoo works just as well. Here are the essential steps:
- Wet the bristles with lukewarm water
- Dispense a small amount of soap on your palm and gently rotate the bristles around it
- Rinse off the soap and squeeze out excess moisture using a cloth
- Reshape the bristles gently
- Leave them out to dry
Dry them with the bristles facing downwards
Leaving your brushes with the bristles facing upwards while they are still damp causes water to drip downwards to the ferrule, where the glue holds the bristles. This shortens the lifespan of your brushes, as the bristles will start to shed over time. Invest in a drying rack that allows you to hold your brushes with the bristles facing downwards. Alternatively, lay them horizontally on a counter top to minimise water contact with the ferrule.
Know when to replace them
With proper care, your brushes are going to last a long time. Still, it is important to know when to replace them. Obvious signs are when the bristles no longer hold as much product or when they start to shed.