Your makeup brushes and applicators can contain bacteria and fungus that may lead to an infection, or at the very least, compromise the quality of your cosmetics. Proper maintenance and care is the key to getting the most use out of your brushes so that they don't cause any issues. The following guide can help.
Basic Cleaning Routine
Generally, once weekly is probably sufficient for keeping your brushes clean. You may want to clean more often if you have been ill or applied makeup over an open wound or blemish. Clean the brushes in the evening so they will be dry by morning.
Bowl or cup
A clean cloth
You first need to remove any loose particles of makeup that are stuck in the brushes or applicators. Do this by running warm water through them, using the sink faucet. You can gently separate the bristles as you rinse so that they are cleaned out as completely as possible. Sponge-type applicators can be squeezed and rubbed gently to remove excess makeup.
Next, fill the bowl with warm water and add a squirt or two of the baby shampoo. Submerge the brush or applicator into the soapy water, rubbing the bristles or sponge gently to work up a lather. The soap breaks down any oily residue trapped within the brush, ensuring that it's completely cleaned.
Once you are sure the brush is clean, rinse it with warm water from the faucet. If the water runs clear, you are done. If not, repeat the entire process until it does. Gently squeeze the excess moisture out of the brushes with the cloth, and then stand the brushes up in a cup or brush holder in a well-ventilated place to dry overnight. You don't want to stick a damp applicator into your dry makeup powders.
Although weekly cleaning is a major part of your makeup brush care, daily maintenance is important as well. Tap the brush after use or shake it gently to remove any loose makeup that may be stuck in the bristles. Full brushes, such as powder or blush brushes, should be stored upright. Laying them flat can cause them to lose their fullness, which means they won't distribute makeup as evenly. Flat brushes and applicators, such as eyeshadow brushes or sponge applicators, can be stored flat or standing up, as long as the storage container doesn't distort their shape.
Replace your brushes if they are loosing their shape, falling apart, or not coming completely clean. Click here for more information about makeup brush cleaner.