Most women invest hundreds of dollars in professional makeup brushes and don't give a second thought to their proper care, cleaning and maintenance. Like any other item in the home that is used on a regular basis, these essential tools for helping a woman look and feel her best require frequent cleaning. Knowing how to clean these brushes in the proper manner will not only extend their longevity but also help them do their job in the manner in which they were intended.
Because makeup brushes are applied to the skin and face, usually on a daily basis and sometimes even more frequently, they come into contact with previously applied make up, facial dirt and oil, bacteria, and dead skin cells. They become the perfect breeding ground for all type of bacteria that women don't want to apply to their face every time they do a new makeup application. So the most important reason for cleaning brushes on a regular basis is to remove old debris and bacteria. A regular cleaning regimen will also help brush bristles remain soft and smooth for easier and more expert makeup application each and every time.
A bar of unscented soap is the perfect cleaning agent for any beauty product applicator brush. Simply rinse the bristles of the brush in running lukewarm water and then gently rub the bristles against the soap surface to create a nice lather. Then rinse the brush thoroughly in fresh lukewarm water, carefully avoiding getting any moisture onto the handle or onto any metal connecting parts. Gently pat each brush head with a clean white towel to eliminate excess moisture and shake out the brush before setting aside on a bathroom countertop to dry completely for at least 6 hours.
Another simple yet effective cleaning solution for fashion brushes is a bit of baby shampoo applied to a clean sponge. The brush head should be thoroughly rinsed in lukewarm water prior to making a lather by rubbing it in a circular motion against the detergent-soaked sponge. Rinse the brush head in freshly running lukewarm water until it has lost any slippery feeling, then squeeze out any excess moisture before allowing the brush to dry undisturbed for several hours.
For really tough cleaning projects in which make up brushes are loaded with months of debris and feel stiff and hard, a bit of olive oil or almond oil can work wonders. Simply dab a small amount onto a clean white paper towel prior to moving the dirty brush head against the oil in a swirling motion. Then use either the soap bar or the shampoo sponge method to continue cleaning the implement and allowing it to dry completely before applying to the face again. It's a smart idea to set aside at least 30 minutes weekly to attend to keeping brushes in clean condition in order to enjoy a professional looking makeup application.