Nancy A. Gorman
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03
Aug

Professional Makeup Artist Asks: Do you clean your makeup brushes?

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As a Professional Makeup Artist, I must ask you this: Do you clean your makeup brushes? When you use your cosmetic brushes, bits of makeup, oil, dirt, and even bacteria can get trapped in the bristles. They should be cleaned on a regular basis for (1) so they don’t cause clogged pores or breakouts and (2) it will increase the life of your brushes. You’ve spent all that money on makeup brushes; you should take care of them! My makeup brushes get cleaned more often than I do the dishes!

There are 2 ways to clean your brushes… there’s “on the fly” and then there’s “thorough”

Things you will need:

For “on the fly”:

1)    A bottle of makeup brush cleaner that can be bought anywhere that makeup brushes are sold, preferably in a spray bottle form.

2)    Lint Free cloth

For a more “thorough” cleaning:

1)    A shallow bowl

2)    Gentle clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo

3)    Your sink with running water

4)    A lint free cloth

For “on the fly”:

Take your lint free cloth and hold it in the palm of your hand. Spray a liberal amount of brush cleaner in the center of the cloth (I prefer to use a wash cloth size cloth and fold in half twice for a better grip)

Once you have enough brush cleaner sprayed on your cloth, take your dirty brushes one at a time and in a circular motion, rub the bristles in the cleaner on the cloth. You will need to flip the cloth and apply more brush cleaner as you go. Lay brushes flat to dry. They should be ready for use within 5 minutes with the exception of brushes that needed a deeper cleaning like synthetic, cream and stipple brushes.

For “through” cleaning:

Step 1) Run your brushes under lukewarm water, rinsing out all of the residual makeup. Try to focus on the actual bristles while avoiding the part of the brush where handle meets the head, as this can loosen the glue over time and that I can tell you in real bummer before re-gluing them isn’t as easy as it sounds!

Step 2) Fill a shallow bowl with lukewarm water and a add a small amount of shampoo, and gently swirl your brush tip in the water. If you need to, you can also “pre-treat” the brush in the palm of your hand to work up a nice rich lather.

Step 3) Rinse the brush tip under running water once again and repeat steps 1&2 until the water runs clear from the brush.

Step 4) Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean and absorb some of the water, reshaping the bristles as you go.

Step 5) Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry. This is important so water doesn’t drip down the brush handle past the connecting section so the glue does not loosen.

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There you have it, it’s simple as that! So now have you asked yourself this? … “How much money have I spent on makeup brushes and do they need cleaning?”

What’s the answer??

Have a beautiful day!

 

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