It's A Good Look
Putting on a fabulous face?
Using clean brushes is a key to a gorgeous makeup application every time. “You might see streaking and an unexpected color if your brushes are dirty,” Mindy Green, a licensed cosmetologist and owner of MG Beauty, told Sisters From AARP.
In addition, frequent washing could extend the life of your brushes and help you maintain a clear complexion. “Not only can oil and dirt accumulate on these brushes, but it can also be a breeding ground for bacteria, which can result in acne breakouts and rashes,” Nkem Ugonabo, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist, explained to Sisters.
Dedicating a little time one day a week to clean your brushes can help you get into a consistent routine. Luckily, the process can be a breeze with the right products, such as makeup brush cleansers that contain conditioning and antibacterial ingredients, or even baby shampoo with a drop of olive oil to break down the dirt and oils on the bristles.
DIY Cleaning Tips
Wet natural and synthetic bristles with warm water. Try not to let water seep into the brush, as this can flood the barrel and loosen the glue that binds the bristles. To prevent this, keep the brush facing downward.
Apply the cleanser of your choice and use the palm of your hand to gently massage the surface of the brush in a circular motion, or gently scrub using a brush-cleaning mat or glove.
Reshape the brush while it's wet to maintain its shape.
Rinse thoroughly and squeeze out excess water.
To dry, lay your brushes flat on a clean vanity counter or table, ideally with the bristles hanging over the edge.