How To Clean Makeup Brushes

When you regularly use your makeup brushes to apply foundation, concealer, blush and powder, it’s easy for skin oils, cosmetics, and even nasty bacteria to build-up on your brushes. To eliminate these skin-clogging elements that lead to unsightly acne, clogged pores, and aging skin, follow these simple, effective methods to clean makeup brushes.

Types of Makeup Brushes: Synthetic vs. Natural

When it comes to makeup brush bristles, there are two types of makeup brushes available on the market: synthetic and natural. Synthetic fibers are man-made materials in contrast to authentic, natural hair bristles. Each of these makeup brushes serves a different purpose.

Synthetic makeup brushes are suitable for applying cream-based cosmetics (as they tend to be flat and stiff); whereas, natural makeup brushes are ideal for applying powders (since the brushes often have fluffier bristles).

How To Clean Makeup Brushes

Quick & Easy Technique:

If you are limited on time, a quick and easy way to clean makeup brushes is to use a daily makeup brush cleanser spray. Spray the solution directly onto the bristles of your makeup brushes, allowing it to penetrate the hairs for at least a few seconds.

Then, gently using a clean tissue, wipe the residue off the hair of the brush. Makeup brush cleansing sprays frequently use citrus products to help naturally kill bacteria.

Deep Cleansing Technique:

Once a week, you should clean makeup brushes using this easy deep cleansing technique. Using warm water and unscented soap, thoroughly lather the bristles of your brushes. Then place the heads of the brushes under cool running water, to ensure all the grime, debris, and build-up gets rinsed away.

Make sure the bristles are smoothed in the direction, to ensure they dry properly. Lay the damp makeup brushes on a clean, dry towel to air dry. They should be fully dry within 24 hours.

By following the above techniques to clean makeup brushes, you’ll not only help increase the longevity of your brushes, you’ll also help minimize any skin problems that can arise from dirty brushes.

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