Although a chore, every makeup artist and dermatologist will tell you how important it is to clean your makeup brushes regularly. Leaving them packed with 6 plus months of built up blush will create a dirty disaster for your face. The continuous build up beauty product turns to a breeding ground for bacteria, germs, oils, dead skin cells and more. Every time you go to use your brushes that aren’t cleaned, you aren’t just applying your foundation, but an array of dirt and debris. Results: breakouts and infections.
So, we’ve put together the perfect and easiest technique to keep your face and brushes in pristine condition.
1. Buy a cleanser made specifically for washing brushes. The best ones to go for are made my professional makeup or beauty experts. For an easy and cost-effective alternative you can also use: white uncounted soap, baby shampoo, olive and almond oil. Olive and almond oils are best used for brushes which are really embedded with makeup because they are good at breaking down dried makeup.
2. After choosing your choice in cleaner, pick up a sponge! Saturate it in warm water, wet the brush too and squeeze a drop of detergent onto the sponge. Swirl your brush on the sponge to work up a lather, then rinse till the bristles no longer feel slippery.
Caution(s): don’t use too much oil, you don’t want your brush to become soaked with it. You just want to use enough to help breakdown the makeup on the brush. Make sure your water doesn’t hit past the bristles as this can lead to eventual rusting of the metal on your brush, which results in bristles falling out. Not ideal.
3. After washing brushes with soap or liquid detergent, squeeze excess water out of the bristles and leave brushes lying flat on a towel to dry.
Showcase Beauty backs not just clean brushes, but clean products. Nanshy, is a British-born, cruelty-free and vegan beauty brand we carry. Check our their Brush & Sponge Soap Cleaner on our site for the perfect solution to having a clean face and brushes. Made with vitamin E, coconut milk and an alcohol-free formula, it will gently clean synthetic or natural bristles.