So in the midst of all your makeup glory you realize your makeup brushes are filthy. You may be one of many who rarely, if ever, cleans your brushes. You may think it’s a good idea to soak those bad boys and they’ll easily come clean just like everything else that’s uber dirty. Nope! Pump the breaks. Hit pause. Abandon ship. Never clean your makeup brushes like this. Ever.
Fight the urge to grab a jar, fill it with soap and water to soak your brushes in it. It’s a bad idea, very bad. Don’t do it, ever…unless you feel inclined to murder your brushes. Here is why you should never soak makeup brushes.
Submerging your brushes in water will loosen the adhesive that holds the bristles in place. Think a bit of shedding is annoying? Try having most or all of the bristles falling out in clumps until your brush is useless!
Water and wood do not mix! Soaking your makeup brushes will eventually cause your wooden brush handles to rot and/or split. You may start to notice a bit of “bubbling” on your brush handles at first.
So how can you clean makeup brushes? Wet only the brush hairs with warm water, add a bit of brush cleanser or mild shampoo and massage the bristles a bit. I like are Ultra Brush Soap by EnKore Makeup (Koren Zander) and Clean Brush Shampoo which you can get from my pals at Frends Beauty. If I use shampoo I usually opt for baby shampoo, DermOrganic or Bumble and Bumble. There are even tools available to aide safe and easy brush cleaning, like the Brush Egg.
Gently rinse thoroughly and lay flat to dry. I lay mine on a paper towel letting the brush head hang over the edge of the counter. They seem to dry faster that way since the air can circulate to the bristles from all angles. Never sit your makeup brushes upright to dry. The water will drain down to the handles and sometimes the brush hair shape turns out wonky. You should clean your brushes at least once a week. In between you can spot clean using brush spray like Dante Makeup Brush Cleanser or Parian Spirit. Next time you think about soaking brushes remember this is:
Use sponge applicators instead? They have to be cleaned too. Don’t soak them. Now I’m not the makeup brush police so it’s your choice how you clean them. I’m just trying to save you a pretty penny because replacing your tools due to brush homicide can be costly! Oh yea, for the love of puppies and Christmas please do not put your brushes in the dishwasher or shower! Laying your brushes on the shower floor while you shower will not clean your brushes. Yes, I know people who’ve done this. Stop. That’s all.
How often do you clean your makeup brushes and sponges? Have you ever soaked your brushes? If you’re one of my non-makeup wearing readers and you know someone who is cleaning their brushes wrong, tell them. Friends don’t let friends ruin makeup brushes! 😉