A couple of weeks back my skin suddenly started breaking out with those white head painful zits. I reexamined every small thing right from skin care products to face hygiene but nothing seems to be the plausible reason for this sudden outbreak. I was not using any new skin care products, always keeping my surroundings neat and clean, and munching on my regular diet so what caused these breakouts. Then one day when I was doing my regular makeup it occurred to me that my makeup brushes might be the cause of this pain. Firstly, because I keep them uncovered in open space where they can attract dust and grime particles. Secondly, I have not washed them for decades. As I am writing this post I am becoming 100% sure that makeup brushes are the sure-shot convicts behind my pain. 😥
After this research, the first thing that I did was to deep clean my makeup brushes. Convicts or no convicts, looking at their current condition and possibility of makeup, grime and dust build up they deserved to get a thorough bath. While I was cleaning them I got the idea to write an article on deep cleaning of makeup brushes. Ideally, after a few weeks of using makeup brushes we should clean them as not doing so can get all grime transferred to our face and may cause skin breakout, rashes or other infections. Usually, most experts recommend cleaning makeup brushes weekly, but if you tend to forget or you are a lazy person like me, then try to wash them at least every other week.
Here are the steps that I followed to deep clean makeup brushes.
Step 1: Run the bristles of your makeup brushes under lukewarm water. Keep the bristles angled downward in the direction of flow of water and focus on the lower end of bristles. Ensure that the water does not reach the point where handle of the brush meets the bristles, and the water is not very hot. If you do not take care of both these things you may ruin the glue that clamps the bristles together and end up losing your favorite brush. Until you see clear water that is devoid of residual makeup and grime keep the water running on the bristles.
Step 2: Take a shallow bowl. Fill it 1/4th with some lukewarm water, add a dollop of mild shampoo. Use a spoon to stir the concoction to create lather.
Step 3: Dip lower end of the bristles in the bowl and swirl them for a couple of seconds. Be careful that the water does not reach up towards the point where handle meets the bristles.
Step4: Take the brush out and swirl it on your palm to create lather and loosen up residual makeup.
Step5: Gently squeeze the bristles to get rid of excess water and shampoo. Run the bristles under lukewarm (angled downward) taking all the precautions that I have mentioned in step 1.
Step6: Keep repeating step 3, 4 & 5 until water runs clear from the bristles.
Step7: Take a clean cotton cloth and gently pat the bristles on it to remove excess water. Spread the bristles in the original shape and lay them flat on the cloth until the bristles are completely dry.
Step 8: Once the bristles are completely dry again gently spread and swirl them on your palm. Your makeup brushes are ready to use now.
Do let me know how frequently you clean your makeup brushes? Do you use a brush cleaner or something else?
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