Whether you’re looking to recreate a trending makeup look, nail a flawless base or just want to do a no-makeup makeup look, makeup brushes can help you achieve the look you want. However, they do tend to get dirty and washing them can definitely feel like a chore. But trust us when we say, you want to clean your makeup brushes at least every week, more often if you use them daily.
Why you need to clean your makeup brushes
Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria and germs and can collect dust and dirt standing on your vanity table. Not only will this transfer to your eyeshadow palettes and blush and contour products contaminating them, they can also cause breakouts or even eye infections if you’re not cleaning your eye brushes regularly.
Plus, dirty brushes that already have pigment on them will never give you that flawless application you’re looking for. The colour and product build up on them makes it difficult to pick up and lay down pigment, and it’s difficult to blend with a brush that already has product on it. Not only will you avoid all this by washing your brushes regularly, it will also help maintain your brushes so you can enjoy them for longer.
How to wash makeup brushes the right way
To wash your makeup brushes, wet the bristles and swirl them in a little brush cleanser. Avoid wetting the ferrule—the metal covering that sits between the handle and the bristles—as this could break down the glue inside that holds the hair or bristles together and destroy the brush. Work the cleaner into the brush hair by moving the brush back and forth in the palm of your hand or on a cleansing mat to thoroughly remove pigment and foundation and then rinse the brush, once again being careful not to wet the ferrule too much.
Make sure the cleaner is completely rinsed out, and gently squeeze out excess water before putting your brush to dry on a flat surface. This will help maintain the shape of the brush. Don’t use a hair dryer to try to dry the brushes quickly. Instead let them air dry for a few hours.
Now that you know the best way to clean your brushes, here are some affordable brush cleaners available in Singapore, some even as inexpensive as $2.16!