Cosmetic brushes, make-up tools, and make-up products can be the most highly contagious objects in our environment, which is why their regular cleaning and inspection are very important.
Makeup brushes carry a lot of bacteria (just like other makeup products) as they come in contact with our skin, dirt, airborne things, and other bacteria that we apply to our skin during use.
There are several ways to clean makeup brushes, I’ve tried these two so far and finally use the second method.
1, Benzine available at the pharmacy
It is perhaps one of the most common cleaning methods, and for creamy products like foundation or lipstick, it is very effective, cleans quickly and thoroughly, and dries the brush the fastest.
However, in addition to its effectiveness, several people consider it extremely harmful to brushes, especially benzine shortens the life of natural hair brushes. I tried this method once and although simple and effective, the brushes did not become as soft as after the second shampoo method there was a slight benzine odor left after cleaning.
Brushes can also be cleaned by moistening a cotton swab with benzine and wiping the brush thoroughly several times, or by pouring benzine into a small bowl, soaking the brush in it for a few seconds, and then wiping it off with a dry paper towel several times. It is very important not to let the brushes in the benzine for a long time because the fibers can loosen.
2, Shampoo cleaning
Although there are several shampoos specifically made for cleaning brushes, I use simple baby shampoo for this purpose (I also got it in my home because it’s a very gentle shampoo and the only thing Yoda’s skin tolerates).
The advantage of shampooing is that the brush will be very soft and delicate to the touch, and it will also have a pleasant baby shampoo scent, but the brushes will dry very slowly, taking a minimum of half a day, but two days of drying is ideal.
I pour the shampoo into a small bowl, pour lukewarm water to form a foam, and dip the brush into it, pressing it to the bottom – just like the paintbrushes – and then shampoo several times with a special brush cleaning plastic to remove any toner residue completely disappear and then rinse thoroughly with clean water. I then set it aside to dry on a large towel so that the end of the brush is a little higher, the water drips towards the hairs so as not to ruin the handle.
For me, this last method of cleaning has worked the best, but I have to add that I have a lot of brushes and I usually clean them every month, so I get bored with it for about an hour and I also wait two days for it to dry, so I try to time a couple I don’t need my brushes for days.
Good make-up requires not only the right makeup palettes, but also the right tools, and it is very important to follow the rules of hygiene, in our case, regular cleaning.