We do anything to make our skin looks amazing. We apply masks to dry out the pimples, we wash our faces twice a day to unclog the pores and prevent blackheads, we apply light textured creams and moisturisers to make the skin look smooth and fresh, without being greasy and experiencing a heavy film. We do anything to make the canvas look good, clean and fresh, so when we apply makeup on, there is almost anything that has to be corrected. Well, speaking of makeup, do we do something inappropriate for not having the clean and fresh skin we are working so hard for? Most probably! So, how often do you wash your makeup brushes?
Having regular and thorough makeup brushes washing and cleaning routine is very, very important. Especially for all the brushes, you apply foundation and concealer with, but the brushes for powder products are not an exception and they need your attention and love too. In general, bacteria are building up in between the hairs and bristles of your makeup brushes and applicators every time after using them. In addition, if you store your brushes in things like cups and containers without lids and you place them on your vanity table, they collect a lot of dust, which is not good for your skin either. Overall, your brushes can turn into real heaven for bacteria, dirt and allergens if you don’t wash them regularly and all those nasty things are going to your face every time you use them next and causing a number of issues, irritations and bad-looking skin in general. Because of that, a regular wash is an important thing. In an ideal world, you would wash your brushes every single time after you have used them, however, who actually have the time to do so?
The easiest way to avoid breakouts is making cleaning your makeup brushes and applicators a part of your routine. It doesn’t take that much time and it is pretty easy and inexpensive, without the need of buying all those expensive brush cleaners out there. Well, it can get boring to do this almost every day, however, the clear and happy skin is definitely worth it at the end! What to do? Here is where to start from:
- Run your brushes under lukewarm water to rinse out the extra makeup and residue left on the hairs. Make sure you are washing only the hairs or bristles and not the handle because you are risking to damage the glue that keeps the handle and the other parts together. Focus on the end bristles, because they collect the most of the makeup products as well as dust and dirt.
- Next, fill a container with lukewarm water and a few drops of shampoo. Now, you can either use cleaning products that are specially designed for brushes or use a baby shampoo that is milder and softer, the choice is completely yours, all the alternatives are safe and effective for your brushes. Swirl the tips of every brush in the water and then swirl the brushes in the palm of your hand.
- Rinse the brush tip under running water again and repeat all the steps if needed until there is no residue left.
- Lay down the brushes on a cloth, but don’t lay them down flat and make sure they are laid diagonally with the bristles end facing the ground, so no excess water and moisture is going to loosen the glue on the handle. If you want to keep their shape, you can put on some plastic protectors that come with your makeup brush kit, or are sold separately.
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