Sunday, 17 February 2013

Cleaning your makeup brushes

It's not just about buying and using make-up brushes, you have to learn to take care of them too. Whether your brushes are for professional or personal use, it's essential that you should clean them regularly.


Well, because the brush bristles can be a breeding ground for bacteria if not properly cleaned and washed, and that definately wouldn't be healthy on your skin or your client's skin. Imagine hiring a MUA, and when it's time to apply the foundation or lip color, they fish out a foundation brush which has bristles that are caked with dried up foundation, resulting in stiff bristles and a streaky application, or a foam wedge/sponge which looks all kinds of brown from numerous previous applications, or an equally greasy and dirty lipbrush coated with lipcolor from the previous use on a client. Bear also in mind that there are probably dead skin cells on those brushes and sponges too........yeah, dead skin cells from random people.



I know!

When you don't wash your brushes and you continually use them on your face or your client's face, you are calling for break-outs on the face, so don't keep wondering why your face breaks out often when your make-up bag or box is filled with dirty brushes.

So my advice to you my readers is that you should always wash your make-up brushes.

If you are an MUA, wash the brushes you use for liquid products application (foundation, concealer, lipcolor, angled eye-liner brush) after each use, your eyeshadow brushes every 3 days and the rest of the brushes at least every week at most every 2 weeks.

If you are a bride-to-be, do NOT let your MUA use dirty brushes on your face (Yeah....i seddit!)

Besides the hygeine purposes, remember that the brushes are the tools of your trade, so as you invested and bought a good quality and probably expensive set, if you want them to last, you should take adequate care of them (errrrrrm......i think that sentence didn't quite sound right......oh well!).

Cleaning your brushes regularly will make them soft and lush.

Cleaning your brushes makes your makeup flawless.

Cleaning your brushes gets rid of  old makeup, oils, dirt & debris, bacteria and dead skin cells.

Have i scared you enough? *raised eyebrow*

Good! Now keep reading for tips on how to clean your makeup brushes.

To clean your most prized posessions, you should either get a brush cleaner or you can get a good shampoo and some dettol.

Mac brush cleaner

Put some warm water in a bowl, add the needed quantity of shampoo.

Dip the brushes one after the other and swirl in your palm in order to reach the makeup that may be at the stem of the brushes. Dip again into the water and swirl in your palm again. Repeat this till you no longer see product washing out of the brush then set aside and wash the next one. (NOTE : Don't soak all the brushes at once to avoid softening the glue used to hold the bristles together).

Rinse the brushes properly in a bowl of water in which a little dettol is added, and set out them out to dry on a flat surface (NOTE : Don't dry them directly in the sun, rather, air-dry them by placing them in an airy place so that they will take their time to dry.) Drying time will depend on the size of the brush and its density.

Now, if you are using a brush cleaner, soak a small towel with it and work through the brushes till the brushes are clean. It the solution dries out before the brush is clean, add more to the towel and work through again. If it's a spray kind of brush cleaner, spray onto the bristles and swipe with a small cloth/towel till its clean.

Brush cleaners

Now that you know how to clean your brushes, you have no excuse for brandishing a dirty brush in your client's face talkless of using it on her face or even yours... *Sticks out tongue*, so do your brushes, your skin and your client's skin a favour............



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