The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes Like a Boss
Alright, ladies, let's get real. We all love a good makeup session, but the aftermath? Not so much. Those brushes aren't going to clean themselves, are they? So, let's roll up our sleeves and get down to business with TGC Boutique's ultimate guide to cleaning your makeup brushes like a pro.
Why Bother Cleaning Your Brushes?
You wouldn't wear the same underwear for a week, would you? (Please say no.) The same principle applies to your makeup brushes. Keeping them clean isn't just about hygiene (although that's a big part of it), it's also about making sure they do their job properly. After all, you didn't spend your hard-earned cash on quality brushes to have them perform like a cheap knock-off.
How Often Should You Clean Your Brushes?
How often do you wash your hair? Once a week? Twice? Well, consider this your new beauty routine. If you're using the same makeup look every day, give your brushes a good scrub once a week. If you're changing up your colors more often, you might need to wash them more frequently.
Treat Your Brushes Like Your Hair
Cleaning your brushes doesn't have to be a chore. Make it a spa day! Use a gentle shampoo, like Oribe’s Signature Shampoo. It smells like a dream and is gentle enough for even the most delicate natural hairs.
Deep Cleaning with Liquid Soap
For those brushes that look like they've been through a war zone, a deep clean with a liquid soap like Dawn dish soap will do the trick. But be careful with cleansers that have a high alcohol content or harsh solvents, as they can loosen the glue that holds the brush together.
The Right Tools for Brush Cleaning
If you're not a fan of using your hands, there are tools out there that can help. Sigma’s cleaning mat or glove are lifesavers. They not only help get the brush clean but also protect your hands from drying out.
Proper Drying is Essential
After washing, shake out the excess water and pat the bristles with a clean towel to remove as much moisture as possible. Then, roll up one end of the towel and place the handle of the brush on the rolled part so that the head of the brush is angled slightly down. This prevents water from seeping into the handle, which can affect the bundling of the bristles and the handle itself.
When to Replace Your Brushes
If a brush starts shedding more than your pet, it's time to say goodbye. But with a little TLC, your brushes should last for years. In fact, many brushes seem to get better and softer over time.
Diagram: The Makeup Brush Cleaning Process
So there you have it, ladies. A step-by-step guide to keeping your makeup brushes in tip-top shape. Remember, a clean brush is the secret to a flawless makeup application. Now go forth and conquer those brushes!