Ask anyone, and they will tell you that the most important step in a beauty routine is cleaning the tools. This raises the question: What’s the best way to clean makeup brushes?
Whether you use Huda Beauty or KKW Beauty, the only way to keep dirt and bacteria from clogging your pores and causing acne is to wash the makeup brushes weekly. In fact, make it a habit!
According to a 2016 study published in Health Promot Perspect, the beauty products and tools salons use on multiple customers are 100% contaminated with bacteria. Yeast or fungus was also found on 19% of the makeup brushes.
Your makeup brushes absorb an alarming amount of makeup and hold on to it well. The residual product is transferred to your skin when you use the brushes the next time without cleaning them. Now that you know the role makeup brushes play in your skin’s hygiene, let’s take a look at the steps on how to clean them:
Things You Will Need
- Your makeup brushes, of course
- A gentle cleanser or soap
- Lukewarm water
- A dry, clean towel
- Brush glove (Optional)
Set-Up Your Station
Arrange your brushes in order, from small to big. Pour lukewarm water into a large glass bowl and set your clean towel beside it.
Wet your brush and pour a small amount of the liquid cleanser on the bristles. If you don’t have a gentle cleanser, you can make a DIY cleanser with baby shampoo and olive oil. Ensure not to wet the ferrule, or the glue attaching the bristles to the handle will loosen.
Rub the brush in circular motions on your hand or a brush glove. Use your fingers to push soap into the center, where oil and dirt hide.
Rinse the Brushes
Wash the brushes in the bowl and then wipe them on the towel. Empty the bowl and pour in another round of lukewarm water. Rewash the brushes without soap. If the water changes color, repeat the steps.
Shape the Brushes
Once the brushes are cleaned, shape them as you desire without pulling on the bristles. Leave them on a clean rack to dry faster.
You can also use a store-bought makeup brush cleanser. As for sponges, dip them in water and microwave for 10 seconds. Squeeze out the access water and then wash them with a cleanser. You can also buy a makeup sponge washing machine to do the job faster.
Cleaning makeup sponges and brushes is mandatory. Period.
It helps keep germs at bay and improves makeup application. If you have a quality set of makeup brushes, ensure proper maintenance. It’s the key to longer-lasting brushes.
If you are interested in attending cosmetology school, visit the Missouri College of Cosmetology website. This barber school in Springfield, MO, also has an on-site salon run by students. For more information about admissions, call (888) 887-1501.