The least we can say is that learning a successful makeup does not happen overnight. But now you are a real professional. You know how to apply make-up to perfection in the right tones, the right colors and with the right materials.
But speaking of equipment have you ever thought of pampering it a bit? Not too much.
MAKE-UP BRUSH: NESTS FOR BACTERIA
This is because the technique for cleaning your foundation, blush or eye shadow brushes is unclear to you and you are probably afraid that you will not do it well. Or, quite simply, you are lazy. What we totally understand.
But for the sake of your face, your products, and your tools themselves, we’ve decided to put together a little guide out of the box to make sure you’ll take good care of it. Because if you let your brushes get dirty, it’s a safe bet that bacteria will get lodged there and become responsible for acne pimples. The accumulation of textures and colors can also affect the effectiveness of makeup brushes.
1) WHY CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES?
You will probably have noticed: makeup brushes are not free and come at a certain cost. It is for this reason that it is better to try to preserve them as much as possible. This is why brushes should be cleaned more often to keep them effective and remove makeup residue.
But there is also another reason that concerns you all the more: your skin. Not regularly cleaning your brushes can hurt it. The more you use them without washing them, the more bacteria they carry. And, frankly, we don’t think you’re a fan of pimples and the other redness they can cause.
HOW OFTEN TO WASH THEM?
Frequency may vary. Some professionals will tell you to clean them every week, others every month. But generally speaking, this is the last time to let the cleaning drag on: a month, no more, no less! So washing them once a month is sufficient, considering that after each use it is necessary to remember to wipe them with absorbent paper to eliminate the makeup residues which store and dry!
We recommend a simplified schedule: Brushes for foundations, blushes, correctors should be washed every week .
Brushes that touch the eyes, i.e. eye shadow and eyeliners should be washed twice a month. And finally, it is advisable to wash the brushes used to make up the eyebrows and lips every month .
A small, easy memo that will allow you to do the minimum and help the health of your skin and that of your equipment.
WHICH PRODUCTS TO USE?
There aren’t a lot of product possibilities to use. But by natural reflex, you will turn to easy-to-access products such as Marseille soap, washing-up liquid or shampoo.
Dish soap can be good for natural fiber hair, but it can also dry out hair.
So opt for shampoo which is gentler but still effective.
For more complicated causes, the product to adopt is in your kitchen: olive oil ! It isn’t useful most of the time, but it is recommended for getting rid of sticky products like eyeliner. Dab a few drops of the oil on your brush, gently work it through the bristles, then wipe gently with a towel or absorbent paper. You will understand, it is useless to use only water.
CLEANING MAKEUP BRUSHES, STEP BY STEP
Before you start, remember that for an effective result, you should only wash one brush at a time. If they are really very dirty, do not hesitate to rinse them roughly for the first time with the tap.
For your “spring cleaning” operation, you will need a shallow bowl, shampoo (preferably for baby, but yours can also do the trick) and a light colored towel.
Step 1: Fill your bowl with lukewarm water then add a tablespoon of shampoo to it. Be careful not to have a heavy hand, this dose is enough.
Step 2: Dip the brush in the water then make small circles at the bottom of the bowl so as to separate the hairs and reach as many surfaces as possible for about 10 seconds. However, try not to wet the root of the hairs (which you don’t really use) too much, as you could get into the glue and cause some to come off.
Step 3: Hold your paintbrush brush under cool tap water for a few seconds. The water pressure will take care of rinsing the product residues.
Step 4: Using your fingers, gently reshape the initial shape of the brush.
Step 5: Once washed, then rinsed, place your brush on the towel (installed on a flat surface), brush downwards ie towards you. It is very important to leave it flat.
WHAT ABOUT BEAUTY BLENDER MAKEUP SPONGES?
Brushes are one thing. But to apply foundation, many of you use foam sponges. These are no exception to the rule and must be cleaned … every week! They are nests for bacteria and your skin definitely deserves better than that.
Step 1: Start by running your sponge under lukewarm running water for a few seconds. Do not hesitate to squeeze it so that the water penetrates well in each part.
Step 2: Wring it out as much as possible then apply a dose of soap.
Step 3: Put the sponge back under water until it is completely transparent. It should no longer be seen as a foundation or soap color.
Step 4: Place it near your brushes on the same clean, flat towel then let dry!
WHEN SHOULD YOU THROW AWAY YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES?
Now you know how to properly clean your brushes. But you can imagine that they also have limits. You should consider getting rid of it when the brush loses its bristles and becomes totally misshapen. It is a sign that it is time for them to retire!