Thursday, July 31, 2008

Makeup brush 411: How to clean your brushes

High quality, natural bristle makeup brushes are a splurge-worthy investment. So it’s essential to keep them clean and germ-free. Washing your brushes regularly will deliver a consistent and true colour application, not to mention keep your skin in the clear. For daily-brush-use makeup mavens, I recommend scrupulous washings every 2 weeks. Start with mixing 1 tablespoon of mild-formula shampoo (like J&J’s Baby Shampoo) with lukewarm water filled in a large container – avoid water touching the wood handle (long-term exposure to water may loosen the handle from the metal tube, called ferrule). Let brushes soak in the sudsy water for about 10 minutes – this will dissolve impurities; hence the murky water. Rinse brush hair under running water and lay flat to dry overnight. To freshen up brushes in-between washes, try a spray brush cleaner such as Vincent Longo’s Hygienic Professional Brush Cleaner to remove built-up and residue.

Makeup brush 411 is a segment of articles focusing on an assortment of brush types, brands, accessories as well as what each brush is, and how to use and care for it.

1 comment:

Yumna said...

Very helpful article!