Make Your Makeup Brushes Last
Few things come between a woman and her makeup love affair, except for, literally, the makeup brush. We pick it up by its delicate handle, pat it into our powder, and buff it into our faces…time and time again, day after day after day. You know which ones are for blending; you have your favorite contour brush, and your highlighter brush? Well let’s not even get started with her. We want our makeup brushes to last forever, just like our first pet or our first love, but you can’t just wish and expect it to happen (even Cinderella was a PowerB!tch). Care for your makeup brushes as much as you fight ordering a scone at Starbucks, and they’ll last you a lifetime.
First Things First
…you’re the realest. Now that that’s out of the way, the first thing you need to consider when caring for your brushes is seeing what type of brush hair they have (synthetic, natural, two-tone etc.). Different brushes need different care, so how often you clean them depends on how you use them.
- Natural hair brushes: If you’re using them for dry products like powder products, clean these once a week with, wait for it, a simple old white bar of soap (basic much?). No need to buy expensive bottled cleansers shipped from France, bummer I know. Or you can take care of your precious hairy babies with baby shampoo! Rinse the brushes in water then swirl it into the soap. Something like the Sigma Spa® Brush Cleaning Glove is a luxury with the textures you need to get those bad boys squeaky clean.
- Synthetic bristle brushes: These are the brushes you probably use for your cream or liquid products (lipstick, gloss, cream blush, concealer, foundation) and these should be cleaned every other day. It is still a wet brush at the end of the day and wet breeds bacteria, which can lead to acne, which can lead to anxious social situations. Let’s cut those out of our lives by keeping our brushes clean. These might need that fancy French cleanser but consider an alcohol-based cleaner to break down that grease and really sanitize those son of a guns.
Whatever you do, be sure to always lay your brushes flat or upside down. If you hold them right side up to dry back in your brush holder, the water/alcohol/soap will run into the metal tip that holds the bristles together, loosen the glue and bam, next thing you know you’re sticking a wooden handle into your face.
So You’re Over It.
You don’t want to wash your makeup brushes or you just keep buying new ones to replace the old ones. Say hello to bacteria, which say hello to your pores, which make sweet love and create pesky breakouts. Be the reason bacteria never meets your skin by keeping your makeup brushes clean, especially when you’ve scrimped and saved to buy these priceless (not really) tools! Lucky for you, cleaning makeup brushes is easy, so get your shit together and just get it done. Don’t be lazy and protect your investments, girl!
You’ve been schooled. Put it to practice, avoid awkward social situations and acne, and keep your brushes clean!