A true make-up enthusiast knows how many brushes are needed for perfect make-up. A whole set of tools to choose from based on the product to be applied. Some would call it a war arsenal, but an indispensable arsenal to blend, define, sculpt, color, in one word: make up.
Brushes of all types and sizes need periodic care. It is important to clean brushes and make-up sponges To prevent deterioration, to obtain the desired effect from your make-up products without smudging and, of course, for a fundamental question of hygiene: makeup residues, dust, pollution and sebum particles nestle between the bristles of the brushes, bacteria harmful to skin health.
Washing brushes is not a difficult task: just follow a few simple steps, from cleaning to drying.
Let’s find out together with some little secrets and a bit of patience how to clean makeup brushes quickly !
How to clean make-up brushes: frequency and materials
It may seem like a huge undertaking, but cleaning makeup brushes is much easier than you think . With a few quick steps your make-up tools will be clean and ready to be used again.
How often should you clean your make-up brushes?
To know how often to wash make-up brushes, you need to take into account the type of bristles with which they are made. Natural bristles are able to prevent bacterial proliferation more than synthetic brushes, which need to be washed more often.
We must then consider the frequency with which we put on makeup:
- If you wear makeup every day, you need to wash your brushes at least once a week;
- If you only wear makeup a few times during the week, you can wash it every 10 or even 15 days;
With what to clean make-up brushes?
Neutral soap, shampoo, dish soap, baby detergent. There are many types of liquid for cleaning make-up brushes used by make-up addicts all over the world. There are specific detergents on the market, but for a fast, cheap and do-it-yourself method all the materials mentioned above are fine (be careful not to use conditioners!).
As grandmothers teach, cleaning make-up brushes with baking soda is possible, but only in the case of make- slightly dirty up. Avoid trichlorethylene to clean make-up brushes : initially this degreasing solvent was the most used, but its toxic and not very ecological characteristics make it right in the list of liquids to discard.
Delicate soaps, possibly neutral, that respect the environment, skin and the quality of our brushes: this is the ideal choice!
Cleaning makeup brushes in a few simple steps
Quick and practical steps to have your makeup brush set always in order and ready for use. Follow our tips for make-up equipment worthy of a professional!
1. Wet the bristles
In the first step, the brush should be thoroughly wet with hot water. Be very careful not to wet the attachment of the brush: hot water could penetrate inside the handle with the risk of ungluing the headof the brush from its handle.
2. Water And Vinegar
Before removing the dirt, immerse the brush (always the head!) in a solution based on vinegar and water to thoroughly disinfect our make up tool. Don’t worry about the strong odor, which will vanish once the brush is completely dry.
3. Massage With Soap
After disinfecting it, it’s time to clean the brush. Just a few drops of soap directly on the bristles, or a dip in a basin containing water and detergent. In this step the secret is the friction of the bristles. On the market there are special accessories for cleaning the brush: dotted or striped surfaces in plastic or silicone on which to literally go and rub our brush to remove all traces of make-up. The friction should feel like a massage, energetic but delicate at the same time, to avoid damaging the bristles.
4. Rinse thoroughly
Once the dirt has been removed from the brush, let’s move on to rinsing. In order for the bristles to come back soft and perfect, there should be no soap residue on our make-up tool. Make sure you rinse the brush thoroughly, even with several coats.
To speed up drying, many think of resorting to the use of a hairdryer or violent heat sources. Nothing more wrong! To dry make-up brushes you need a lot of patience. Drain the excess water by gently squeezing the bristles with a cotton cloth, then take each brush and spread it on a flat surface, with the soft part outside the edge: the air will circulate more easily. Brushes should be dried naturally and reused only when completely dry!
5. Keep them with care
How to store makeup brushes to prevent the bristles from deforming? After each wash and between uses, place your brushes in a glass or in a holder that holds them vertically. You will preserve its integrity and performance over time.
Et voilà! The game is done. What appeared to be a titanic mission was successfully completed. Water, soap, and a pinch of patience are the perfect ingredients to always get the best out of your Mia Cosmetics brushes!