Not everyone is in the habit of cleaning brushes and makeup sponges frequently, but this is a super important step in make up, really.
I confess myself that I was not sure how often to wash mine or how to do it without damaging the accessories. So I decided to share some tips and I hope they also help you 😉
HOW OFTEN WILL YOU CLEAN THEM?
This varies a lot depending on your usage. Professional makeup artists who use the product more than once a day, for example, need to clean their brushes at least once a week. Now, if you’re like me who use some of the products once a day, it’s nice to do this cleaning every two weeks.
WHICH PRODUCT TO USE?
Neutral and bactericidal shampoos are always good options for brushes with natural and artificial bristles. Nowadays, you can easily find some specific products for this: brush cleaning, brush cleaner, brush cleanser, sanitizer… No matter the name, these products have the same purpose.
Creamy versions are usually more suitable for deep cleaning, as sprays are good alternatives for day to day when we need to clean the accessory quickly to apply another color of eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipstick … Now, if you have a really dirty brush , first of all it is good to use a make-up remover, let it act for a few minutes and then wash it with soap or any other specific product.
HOW TO WASH IT?
Before applying any product it is important to wet the bristles well. To do this, always position the bristles slanted downwards and let the water drain so as not to damage the shape of the brush. Take care that the water does not get on the cable as this can damage the product glue.
Then just apply the shampoo or the sanitizing solution and start rubbing the brush gently in circular movements under a surface. This base can be either your own hand or a specific support that has different textures that help to remove heavier residues.
DO I DRY NATURALLY?
Yes, never use dryers to speed up this process as it damages the bristles, be they natural or artificial. Let the product dry in the shade (not to dry out) and on a towel. Remember to leave the brushes horizontally or tilted with the bristles downwards, so the water does not go to the handle.
Do not, under any circumstances, use the product still wet, ok? Be patient and wait for it to dry completely.
AND THE SPONGE?
The sponge accumulates a lot of product and therefore a little more patience is needed when cleaning. You can do the process in two ways. The first is to use a small bowl to put water with soap / shampoo and dip the sponge inside. Take the accessory out of there, squeeze well to loosen the residue and repeat this process until it comes out completely clean.
You can also moisten the sponge under running water and apply the soap or shampoo directly to the product. Start squeezing and rubbing the sponge until foam comes out. Repeat this process until the foam is very white.
WHERE TO FIND THE PRODUCTS?
I made a list with all the products I mentioned in the post: makeup remover, neutral shampoo, specific cleaner, textured support, spray for gentle cleaning… I hope I helped with the tips and directions indicações
1- Biphasic make-up remover in Who said, Berenice? at The Beauty Box | R $ 37.90
2- Real Techniques Brush Cleaning Pallet at Zattini | R $ 129.90
3- Klass Vough Pro Makeup Series Brush Cleaner at Beauty on the Web | R $ 65.90
4- Clean Brushes Who said, Berenice? | R $ 23.90
5- Brushes Clean Silicone Support Who said, Berenice? | R $ 23.90
6- Vult Brush Cleaner at Época Cosméticos | R $ 28.00
7- Johnsons’s Baby Shampoo at Época Cosméticos | R $ 9.60
8- Marina Smith’s Shampoo for Brushes at Sephora | R $ 45.00
9- Cleaner Brush Cleaner Brush from Océane at Zattini | R $ 16.90
10- Washer Brushes Who said, Berenice? at The Beauty Box | R $ 23.90