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.
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.