Many of us invest in makeup brushes only to neglect proper care, cleaning, and storage. Proper care and cleaning of your makeup brushes will help them last longer and help you stay looking fabulous!
When you buy makeup brushes, look for high quality options. Bristles should not be broken or falling out. This initial investment will not only help your brushes to last longer, but will also keep your face looking flawless.
It's also important to know what kind of brushes you have. Natural hair brushes are best used for concealers and loose powders, while synthetic brushes are best for liquid eyeliner and lipstick. Synthetic brushes also tend to outlast a natural brush and dry faster after cleaning.
Ideally, you should clean your makeup brushes once a week to prevent dirt, dust, and oil from building up and getting reapplied to your face. Start with any brand of antibacterial hand soap, extra virgin olive oil, and a plate. The olive oil allows you to condition your brushes while cleaning, saving yourself an extra step!
Pour some of the soap and olive oil onto the plate and then swirl your brush into both. Once the brush is covered, swirl it in the palm of your other hand creating a slight lather. To rinse, swirl the brush in the palm of your hand under running, lukewarm water. The water should run down the handle to the bristles to prevent the water from entering the head of the brush, causing the handle to warp or damage the glue that holds the bristles.
Gently squeeze out any excess water, reshape the bristles, and let your brushes air dry. If you can, dry the brushes handle up with the bristles facing down to prevent water from damaging your brush. If not, you can lay them on their sides to dry. You may also pat them dry using a paper towel. Do not use a hand towel as lint can enter your brush.
Be gentle with your brushes. Try not to aggressively push your brushes into your makeup. This can cause the bristles to break and fray which will make application less precise. Throw out any expired makeup as it may have bacteria in it which means you'll get bacteria on your brush and onto your face. Do not share your brushes or makeup with others.
Brushes should be stored out of direct sunlight, in a brush roll where each brush has its own individual slot. Keep any plastic covers that come with your brushes. Use them to help maintain the shape of your brushes. Proper storage keeps your brushes from getting faded, contaminated by dust, or damaged.
Proper care and cleaning will keep your brushes in top form. Once you get into a good routine of care you can be assured that when you buy makeup brushes they are going to last and work for you.