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Q: Hey pRoy! I like to wear make-up, but I hate washing the brushes. How am I suppose to clean them without damaging the bristles? Will they fall apart? And how often do I need to wash them?
A: FEEL MY PAIN!
Washing makeup brushes is much like having a thorn in my side at times, but it is absolutely necessary to clean those brushes. Firstly, they can become a bacteria factory if they aren’t washed properly (or at all). Secondly: why spend the money on quality makeup brushes if you aren’t going to take care of them?
Cleaning them doesn’t have to take a long time, but it will take some time so allot enough time to get the task done (whew – said ‘time’ way too many times). There are also a few around the house products you can use to curb your costs:
- Baby Shampoo: I don’t have kids and have no need for this shampoo besides washing my makeup brushes. The formula is gentle on the bristles.
- Bar Soap: Helps get all the gunk off the brushes when washing them.
- Olive oil: Not only is this good for cleansing the smaller brushes, but it also conditions the bristles as well (double duty).
You can choose to use one or all, depending on your OCD factor. The key is to wash the bristles without getting the neck of the brush (where the bristles and handle meet) wet because it can loosen the glue. Here is the method I use:
- First, run your brush bristles under lukewarm water.
- Next, apply cleaning product to a small bowl mixed with a little water. Swirl the brush in the mixture and you can rub the bristles against your palm as a way to work up a lather and work the dirt out of the brush.
- Rinse your brush under the water and repeat the first two steps until the water runs clear.
- (Paper) Towel dry your brushes, reshaping them if necessary and lay them flat on a (paper) towel to dry.
I’d like to tell you I wash my brushes every week (that would be a lie), but every 2 weeks is what is working for me at the moment. I don’t wear makeup everyday, but if I do wear it within that week and have no intentions of washing them as mentioned above, I will use a makeup brush cleaning spritz I have from Sephora. You can find it here.
Good luck washing those brushes!
Weigh in! How often do you wash your makeup brushes? What do you use to wash them?