Makeup Brush Cleaning Tutorial / Stay Safe!

Keeping your makeup brushes free from bacteria is extremely important and something that shouldn’t be overlooked, you can develop some serios conditions from a dirty makeup brush. Not only does regular cleaning help preserve the look and overall condition of your brushes, but it also gets rid of all the nasty germs hiding in between the brush hairs.

Use a Store-Bought Cleanser!

Buying pre-formulated makeup brush cleansers are great for when you’re pressed for time, but they are also created for that purpose, so you dont risk any chemical reaction on something that touches your face a lot! Pro-makeup artists will use them on set in between models and clients to keep brushes sanitary, and you can utilize these cleansers at home when you don’t have time to do a deep rinse and overnight dry.

The directions for these cleansers are straightforward and easy to use, you will need to spray or pour the solution directly on the brush and massage it on a cloth or paper towel to rid it of all lingering product residue. 

Opt for Baby Shampoos

If you’re wondering what kinds of shampoo or soaps to use for cleaning brushes, baby shampoos are gentle enough to use for washing. When using liquid soaps and shampoos, wet your bristles first to help them pick up the cleansers more easily.

Reach For Gloves
Probably one of the most standard ways of cleaning makeup brushes is to put on clean rubber gloves, add cleanser to the palm of your hand, wet brushes and massage them in the cleanser for a deep clean. Rinse your makeup brushes under lukewarm water, squeeze out all the excess, and lay flat to dry overnight. If you don’t have gloves, you use your bare hands, just ensure the water isn’t too hot to avoid any discomfort.

Disinfection is Key!
In addition to shampooing and washing your brushes, don’t overlook the disinfecting method. While most soaps and store-bought cleansers come with disinfecting and anti-microbial ingredients, it’s imperative to disinfect your makeup brushes with rubbing alcohol at least once a month. 

You can do this by spraying the alcohol directly onto the bristles, removing it with a paper towel. Remember to wipe brush handles as well and be mindful when using alcohol as many brushes carry natural brush hairs.



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