There’s a saying, ”Treat your makeup brushes the way you would treat your hair- gently‘. How do you do that? First by making sure they are properly kept in a cool airy space and that they are properly cleaned- Whether it’s a brush bag, cup holder or drawer space.
Even if yours are brushes made from natural sources- animal hair or fur, or synthethic, which may not be as soft or better for the application, but they both need the same thing, and that’s care.
Makeup brushes often have pricey tags, and you can’t own only one, so we want to ensure that you get the most out of your investment. Plus, after so many uses they become caked with residue, oil, and dead skin cells, becoming breeding grounds for bacteria that you, in turn, put back on your face. Yuck!
Admittedly, we don’t all wash our brushes as often as we should, and we should, to avoid all the bacteria lurking in there, but how often is good enough? Well, Make up artist, Ifeoma Adebowale says although she washes hers every time she uses them on her clients, for us, it should be every two weeks (some more often, some a little less depending on how much use they get). A good way to know when the brush is ready to be washed is when it is no longer soft, and of course, if the makeup residue is cake-y and visible.
That of course means its time to wash. People use many different washing and cleansing tools to wash their brushes, the best being:
- Gentle or Baby Shampoo/Dish Soap
- Gentle Bar Soap
- Olive Oil
- Paper Towels
- Vinegar (Optional)
- Brush Cleaning Silicon Mat/Glove(Optional)
- Brush Cleansers
Try not to use a scented cleanser as it leaves the brushes smelling too fragrant like many of the alcohol-based spray-on cleansers. These products dry out the brushes and cause them to lose their shape.
- First wet the bristles with lukewarm water.
- Place a drop of makeup brush cleanser or soap into the palm of your hand or a silicon mat/glove. Most just settle for their hands anyways, so just swirl your brush gently where the shampoo was squeezed.
You don’t need to saturate your brushes heavily with soap and water. Pour out just a little bit of soap into your palm, dab your brush into the soap, and use your fingers to gently clean the bristles in a pinching motion, from the base to the ends of the brush.Hold your brush with the bristles pointed down into the sink while washing – over time, water and soap can loosen the glue that holds your brush together, so you want to keep that to a minimum.
3. Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm.
4. Rinse the bristles. Make sure the pressure of the tap isn’t too much, or the temperature isn’t too hot, as this can damage the bristles of the brushes.
5. Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
6. Reshape the brush head. Re-shape them by lightly running your fingers over the brush tip to smooth everything out.Then lay them flat on a paper towel to air dry completely before putting them back into your makeup bag. If you put them away before they’re completely dry, they’ll smell like a wet dog and can mildew! It’s also important that they are flat while drying because, again, you don’t want that water to hang out at the base of the brush for too long, plus you want to keep gravity on your side – if you leave them upright while drying, the bristles will fan out and lose their shape.
Another fast and easy way is the spot cleaning:
First off, Spot cleaning involves little or no water and you will need a makeup brush cleaner.
Next, wet Your Brushes- spray the product onto the brush, enough to make it damp.
Use A Paper Towel- Gently swirl the brush on a paper towel till the product is gone from the brush.
Repeat The Steps- Wipe off any excess dampness and repeat with the rest of the brushes.
Note that if you use brushes with natural hair, they tend to pick up the product better and helps in blending better, which is why they’re so expensive. Unfortunately, on the flip side, they tend to shed and are difficult to clean because of how much pigment they pick up. Consider yourself warned if you have allergies since they are animal hair! Synthetic may not be as good when applying the product but there are various brands that do a pretty good job, so pretty that you won’t even notice.
Whichever the case, whether it’s brushes or sponges, your face is one of the most sensitive parts of your body and require that you use clean products on them. So the title question requires only one answer- A resounding yes!
Research: stylecrazed.com, instructibles.com. elle.com