The secret to perfect makeup is not only the right products and magical application techniques, but also keeping your brushes clean and tidy at all times. When the brushes get dirty, the shadows are shaded worse, the shades are mixed, and the tone is not uniform. Here are six simple brush cleansers that will make your brushes last longer and perfect your makeup.
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Tint brushes need to be cleaned every week
“Any brushes with which you apply liquid textures, be it foundation, concealer or highlighter, should be washed at least once every couple of weeks, if not more often,” says Julia Stewart. If you are an active user of any of these beauty products, once a week is the best option.
Brushes for dry and loose textures wash once a month
“Tools you are accustomed to using for eyeshadow or bronzer can be cleaned once a month - that's enough,” Stewart continues. This is necessary so that the villi are not damaged, and the colors of different products do not mix during application. “Over time, particles of powder and other products become clogged in the brush, which negatively affects the smoothness and ease of sliding. In addition, residues of products can create a messy, messy effect on the skin due to the mixing of pigments,”adds Tilbury.
Use gentle products to wash natural bristled brushes
“I use the same products to clean these brushes as I used to wash my hair,” says Coombs. Take a regular shampoo (you can also use a baby shampoo) and dilute it in warm water - such a solution will easily remove any dirt from the brushes, and then leave them to dry naturally. But in any case, do not bend the villi at the base too much: this can damage the base and lead to loss.
More aggressive cleaning agents are suitable for synthetic fibers
“To rinse liquid brushes, I usually use an eco-friendly dishwashing detergent - but remember to rinse it off properly at the end of the procedure,” Coombs says. Some makeup artists prefer regular soap for these purposes, but everyone agrees on one thing - with synthetic brushes, especially used for applying foundation and lipstick, you shouldn't stand on ceremony: delicate cleaning is unlikely to relieve them of the oily texture of such products.
The washing technique for a particular brush depends on its size
It is best to use your own palm to clean the brushes. “Place large brushes in the palm vertically downward and rotate with massage movements, for small ones, fold your palm into a cup, pour a little cleaner into the recess and gently move the brush clockwise without bending at the base of the pile,” says Coombs. An important point - rinse the brushes thoroughly with clean water.
Dry your brushes upside down
“After you've completely rinsed off the cleaner, gently shake off the water, blot the lint with a paper towel and squeeze out a little,” advises Coombs. To prolong the life of your tools, it is important to always keep the metal tip at the base of the bristle dry, otherwise the brush will go bald too quickly. “To prevent water from flowing into this part of the brush, you need to dry it on a towel, slightly lifting it at the end opposite from the pile,” says Stewart.