Tuesday 04 September, 2012

Rwanda : How to Clean Makeup Brushes

You wear makeup on a daily basis and for sure looks are maintained, but how often do you take time to clean your make up tools? In Rwanda for that matter like most African countries; dust is one biggest enemy that can cause a lot more harm from not cleaning your makeup brushes regularly.

Residue can breed bacteria, which wind up breaking down your brushes.

Make up brushes in different sizes

Make up brushes in different sizes

Since you should do a deep cleaning about once a month on brushes you use daily, the easiest way to make sure you are not spending hours cleaning them is to spot clean after every use.

Wipe off your brushes after every use with antibacterial wipes (like the ones you would use to clean your hands). This way it will be easier to remove residue before it has a chance to settle into the bristles. This may take an extra couple of minutes now, but will save you loads of time later.

What You Need to Deep Clean
Antibacterial dish soap and extra virgin olive oil. The dish soap will clean and disinfect your brushes, while the olive oil will condition them.

Here are steps on keeping your brushes clean

  • Mix two parts antibacterial dish soap to one part of the extra virgin olive oil on a clean plate (don’t use paper plate, the oil will seep through).


  • Grab your first brush and wet it slightly with lukewarm water. Make sure the brush stays bristle-side down throughout the entire process. If water gets into the ferrule (the middle tube part that holds everything together) of the brush, it can loosen the glue, causing the bristles to fall out.


  • Dip the damp brush into the soap mixture and coat it thoroughly. Next, work the mixture into the bristles using the palm of your hand and fingers. Continue until the soapy residue is makeup-free (clear of dirt).


  • Rinse the brushes under lukewarm water until no soap runs from the bristles.



  • Roll a dish towel like you would a yoga mat, and drape a paper towel over it so that most of the paper towel hangs off. (The paper towel should look like a slide coming down from the dish towel). Next, arrange the brush so the top of the handle sits on top of the towel, covering the rest of the brush down onto the paper towel. This will allow your brushes to dry on a slant (sloping position), while keeping moisture away from the ferrule.


  • Repeat with remaining brushes. Some makeup brushes take two washings to get completely clean, depending on the amount of residue left behind. Allow them to dry overnight and repeat about once a month.

Tip: If you’re not a fan of do it yourself, try a nondrying, alcohol-free brush cleaner product instead. The steps above work for whatever type of cleaner you decide to use.






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