When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If you can’t remember, or (even worse) if you never have, then it’s about time you started. Every time you dust bronzer over your cheekbones, contour your face, set your makeup with powder, or apply eyeshadow, your brushes are not only picking up product, but oil and dirt from your skin and germs and bacteria too. That’s right; you’re literally brushing bacteria over your face. Cue: spots, clogged pores, and skin infections. Skin hygiene aside, properly cleaning your brushes also means they’ll last longer, as it keeps the bristles soft and supple and prevents products from building up and damaging them. So, simply by cleaning your brushes, you’re investing in your tools and your skin. Win-win!
Savoir Flair tapped MAC’s Senior Makeup Artist for the Middle East, Vimi Joshi, for her top tips on how to clean and look after your makeup brushes. Read on for her tricks of the trade.
How do you clean your makeup brushes?
Once I get home, I wash each brush individually with shampoo and then leave them to dry overnight. When I use a brush cleanser, I usually take a tissue and apply it over a patch and then wipe and clean my brush over this patch thoroughly. I repeat this process with a new tissue for each brush. Brush hygiene is very important to me and I am militant about keeping my brushes clean! As a makeup artist, I take cleaning my brushes very seriously as it represents my job. My personal brushes get cleaned every three days with shampoo and left to dry overnight.
Your makeup brushes can last up to 15 years if you take good care of them properly!
What do you do once you’ve cleaned your brushes?
After washing my brushes with shampoo, I thoroughly rinse the brush hairs in warm water. I then dry them with a towel. It’s very important that you leave your brushes flat with the tip of the brush slightly pushed forward over the counter’s ledge. This will ensure that all the excess water falls onto the floor and not back into the ferrule of the brush, as that would loosen the glue that holds the brushes together and this would result in the hairs falling out whilst you are applying your makeup.
What do you use to clean your brushes?
I am addicted to the MAC ‘Brush Cleanser’ as it cleans, conditions, and disinfects your brushes immediately, after any makeup application.
Help! I’ve run out of brush cleanser. What do I do now?
If I have run out of brush cleanser or don’t have any on my travels, I use the shampoo in my hotel room and then some conditioner to soften the bristles. My brushes are the tools of my trade and I am diligent about keeping them cleaned and conditioned correctly, wherever I am!
How long should you keep your makeup brushes for?
Your makeup brushes can last up to 15 years if you take good care of them properly! I am a huge believer in investing in good-quality brushes rather than quantity. I still have brushes from MAC that I am using after 17 years and they are in great condition. Us women are constantly buying makeup, but if you invest in a good set of brushes they can prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime purchase.
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