How to Clean Makeup Brushes for Optimal Performance

Makeup brushes for Optimal Performance are essential tools in any makeup artist’s arsenal. Our favorites are the 10 piece Essentials Kit from Begonia Bella. However, if your brushes aren’t properly cared for, they can become a breeding ground for bacteria, leading to skin irritation and breakouts. The good news is that with just a few simple steps, you can keep your brushes clean and ensure optimal performance. Your makeup brushes must be clean and sanitized.

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How to Deep Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

How to Deep Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

It’s important to deep clean your makeup brushes regularly with soap and water. Especially those you apply creams or liquids with, such as your Begonia Bella foundation brush or if you use cream eye shadows or blush.

This process removes any dirt, oil, or makeup residue from your brush bristles. What I like to do is wet my hand, add a drop of gentle shampoo to the palm (brush cleaner works too of course), and swirl the brush around to get the shampoo into the bristles. Be careful not to pull on the bristles too hard as this can cause them to break off or shed over time.

Then rinse them under the sink with warm water, being careful in the direction you turn the brush. So, You want the water to run down the bristles, not up! There are some that suggest soaking your brushes or putting them in a cup of soapy water. Please do NOT do this!

The water causes the wood handles to swell and then contract. This will loosen the bristles in time. Soaking in water will also eventually cause the glue to break down. This will reduce the life of your brushes. Again, use the palm of your hand (or a silicone brush cleaner mat) to help work the dirt and cleaner out, gently squeezing the water and grime from the bristles as you go.

Once the water runs clear, lay the brush on its side on top of a towel so that water does not drip down into the ferrule (the metal part that holds the bristles together). Allow overnight to dry your Makeup Brush completely before using it again.

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Keeping your makeup brushes clean is essential if you want them to last longer and perform optimally when applying makeup products. This will help keep bacteria away while ensuring that your brushes remain soft and free of residue build-up between uses. Taking proper care of your makeup brushes will allow your brushes to retain their shape and help you achieve flawless looks every time!

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