How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes should be rinsed after each use to avoid color contamination and bacteria accumulation. Rinsing them in the sink is best but other options exist – try using something like La Roche-Posay’s Thermal Water Spray, or cleaning solution of your choice, instead.

Swirl your brush around in the palm of your hand or on a makeup brush cleaning mat until a lather forms, then rinse until water runs clear.

1. Vinegar + Lemon

Makeup brushes can become breeding grounds for bacteria as they accumulate grime and dust throughout the year, becoming less effective as well as spreading dust particles onto your face – potentially leading to acne or other skin conditions. Regularly cleansing your makeup brushes is therefore vital. Unfortunately, store-bought cleaners contain harmful chemicals as well as preservatives; natural cleaning options offer cheaper ways of keeping them as hygienic as possible!

Vinegar is an all-natural cleaner that’s ideal for makeup brushes. The acetic acid in vinegar kills bacteria while breaking down oily residue, making it the perfect way to sanitize them. To use vinegar as a brush cleaner, simply mix one tablespoon with one cup of water and soak your brush in this solution; once clean, rinse out with cool water and allow it to air dry before rinsing it again in your cup of solution.

Baby shampoo is another effective natural makeup brush cleaner, offering gentle but safe cleansing of brushes and Vega makeup sponges without harming their delicate bristles. Simply wet the brush in water then swirl in baby shampoo solution before rubbing the bristles with soft bristled makeup brush cleaner or simply your fingers to eliminate dirt from bristles. Rinse well afterwards under cool running water then lay them to air dry on paper towel for optimal results.

Makeup brushes can also be cleaned using vinegar and soap as a cleaning agent, which is particularly effective at eliminating stubborn makeup residue and brush marks. Mix a solution of one part vinegar to two parts warm water and soak your brush in it before rinsing out with warm water to rinse it clean afterwards – lay flat on paper towel once dry!

Makeup brushes and Vega makeup sponges should be thoroughly cleansed regularly to keep them in top condition. At minimum, this should occur every two weeks; more frequent washing will prevent buildup of grime, odor and maintain their shape better.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

Even when using only high-quality makeup products, brushes can still accumulate oil, dead skin cells and dust that build up over time. Applying makeup with dirty brushes could spread dirt directly onto your face resulting in rashes or acne breakouts; thus it’s important to clean your brushes regularly but how?

Vinegar can act as an excellent natural disinfectant to kill germs that develop in makeup brushes, while simultaneously cleaning away oil or makeup residue from bristles – leaving your brushes ready to use when the time comes!

Pouring some vinegar in a small bowl and dipping your brush in it to deep clean and remove old makeup residue is an effective way to use vinegar in brush cleaning. After soaking for several minutes, rinse it out under cool running water until its clear water runs clear.

Baby shampoo or liquid dish soap will also do the job effectively and more affordably than purchasing makeup brush cleaner from a beauty supply store. To do this, put some on one finger and rub over each bristle of each brush – be sure to cover all surface area of each bristle and gently scrub until your brush is completely clean!

If you require more extensive cleaning, try creating your own homemade solution using apple cider vinegar and liquid dish soap. Combine a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one teaspoon of liquid dish soap in a small bowl before dipping your brushes into it for several minutes to soak and scrub clean before rinsing under cool water and drying on a towel afterwards. Makeup brushes are essential tools in creating airbrushed looks; however they must be regularly maintained to avoid transferring bacteria onto your face from your brushes.

3. Shampoo

As with your hair or dishes, makeup brushes should be cleaned at least once every week in order to rid themselves of dirt and bacteria that have accumulated over time. Unfortunately, doing this requires more than simply running them under water or applying hand sanitizer. A specific process must be undertaken in order to get them as clean as possible and ensure they stay in good condition for years.

According to makeup artists and dermatologists, the best way to keep brushes sanitary is using a gentle soap or brush cleanser (not regular hand soap which often contains harsh ingredients) with water. When using a cleanser, wet the bristles of your brush then massage in circular motions the cleanser into its bristles until rinsed off then pat dried using paper toweling.

But if you prefer quick and affordable options that work just as effectively, experts recommend baby shampoo as a quick, cost-effective solution to thoroughly clean your brushes. Its gentle formula will still remove makeup residue, oils and germs while being gentle on their delicate bristles.

Aponte suggests switching out regular body or facial soap for mild shampoo as it will be less drying and help preserve the softness of bristles on brushes. You could also try baby shampoo that’s specially designed to be gentle on sensitive skin.

As another essential tip when it comes to cleaning makeup brushes, one key aspect of brush care that must be adhered to is not immersing their bristles in water. Soaking can damage the glue that holds your brush head to its handle, eventually loosening and falling off over time. Furthermore, water in your bristle tips could cause your brush to lose its shape over time and break apart over time.

To prevent this, begin by submerging only the tip of your brush in lukewarm water. Massage it between palms of hands until you create a lather, and rinse until the water runs clear before patting dry and leaving to air dry flat on flat surface.

4. Water

Most makeup brushes come equipped with their own cleaning solution; however, most beauty experts prefer water as the most efficient means of eliminating makeup residue and killing bacteria.

Use lukewarm water to dampen the bristles of your brush, then swirl and massage them between your palm and fingers until all makeup comes off. Avoid washing the base where its bristles attach to its handle as this could damage its shape and potentially even lead to its collapse.

Once the brush has been thoroughly scrubbed, rinse it under running water to flush away excess moisture from its bristles with paper towel soaked with tap water. Gently squeeze off excess liquid using another clean paper towel before reshaping and leaving to dry for 24 hours before storing away for future use.

All the professional beauty bloggers we interviewed agreed that keeping it straightforward when it comes to washing makeup brushes was optimal. Idriss advised using two parts antibacterial soap and one part extra-virgin olive oil in equal parts as the ideal method. Olive oil helps hydrate bristles for soft bristle surfaces.

Rather than trying to create your own homemade makeup brush cleaner from scratch, consider investing in a cleanser specially formulated for beauty tools. Many brands carry solutions with alcohol in them that help disinfect brushes while simultaneously keeping them soft.

Spickard suggests using Blendercleanser Solid, which is also suitable for cleaning beauty sponges. Available on both Beauty Blender’s website and Sephora.

At times, gentle baby shampoo or glycerin, both natural and beneficial for your skin, may be more suitable. Otherwise, regular face wash or hand soap will do just as well; just remember to rinse the brush well without allowing water to run into its ferrule; doing so can loosen glue that holds its shape, leading to your brushes losing their shape over time. Afterward, lay them flat on a towel to dry them – no hair dryer allowed as they could potentially lose shape or fall apart over time!