In today’s lifestyle good quality make up is an essential part of every woman’s handbag as it helps them look fresh and beautiful no matter what time it is.
A quick touch of makeup helps them look good within minutes and be ready for every occasion be it a planned outing or a sudden plan made by your colleagues or an after office surprise party thrown by your loved ones. Unfortunately, what usually happens when they are in a hurry to get ready, is forgetting to clean the make-up brush after using it.
An unclean and moist make-up brush is a breeding ground for bacteria, which thrive in such conditions. Using the same brush repeatedly without cleaning is not only unhygienic but extremely harmful. It generally leads to skin problems which could range from mild to severe based on the condition of your skin.
It especially affects people with sensitive skin and results in rashes or pimples forming on the face and other areas. Such skin problems are not easy to treat and could lead to the formation of permanent scars ad marks on the skin.
This all can be avoided with careful cleaning and maintaining of the makeup kit, especially the makeup brush since it is the accessory that is in maximum contact with the skin.
While professional beauticians and make-up artist use carefully tested cleansers for their make-up brushes, one can also get similar results by making their own makeup brush cleansers, by using products that are available easily at home. Some of the DIY ways to clean your makeup brushes are;
1) Using a mixture made from Vinegar & Lemon
Lemon is well known for its antibacterial and cleaning properties and is a popular ingredient in most washing soaps and powders. It also has a fragrant aroma that gives a feeling of freshness after use. Vinegar is also well known as an anti-bacterial cleansing agent.
You need to mix two spoons of white vinegar in a cup of warm water and then dip and rotate your makeup brushes in this mixture, in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes or till you see all the makeup colours wearing off. After removing the brushes, from this mixture rinse them in warm water. Now rub the brushes on a half-cut lemon, to remove the vinegar smell and add a fresh lemony smell to them.
2) Olive Oil
Olive oil, as we all know is a very healthy supplement to our diet and even used to massage babies. There is, however, one more important role that olive oil can play, and that is in cleaning and conditioning your makeup brushes.
Take a small bowl of olive oil and dip your make brushes in them, rotating them slowly for 2-3 minutes. Remove the brushes and massage the fibres of the makeup brush gently, for a couple of minutes. Once done, rinse the brushes under warm water to remove the olive oil from the brushes.
3) Baby Shampoos
Baby shampoos are very mild in nature and do not have any harsh chemicals in them since the skin of babies is very sensitive. Due to this they also make effective DIY makeup brush cleansers. Just wet your makeup brush, add a few drops of baby shampoo on it and massage the brush gently till the shampoo foams and cleans the brush.
Repeat this process 2-3 times, till the brushes are completely clean. The aroma of the baby shampoo will also linger on the brush, giving you a fresh feeling when you use it the next time.
4) Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the most versatile products in the world and has multiple uses, right from helping us lose weight to even being a makeup brush cleansers due to its anti-bacterial properties. Just prepare a mixture of 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar in a cup of warm water and soak your makeup brush in it for 15 – 20 minutes.
Remove the brushes and rinse them under warm water for a few seconds to get a bacteria and fungus free makeup brush. You can also then rub the brushes against a half-cut lemon and then rinse them for a fresh lemony aroma when you use them the next time.
5) Liquid Dish Soap
Some of the liquid soaps used for washing dishes are also very effective as makeup brush cleansers, due to their strong cleaning and anti-bacterial properties. Try and use a dishwashing liquid soap that has a lemon fragrance, to ensure that your brushes smell fresh always.
Just take a bowl, add a few drops of the dishwashing liquid to it along with a little water. Swirl and massage you brush in this lotion, for a few minutes and then rinse with water as you would rinse of a utensil. The brushes will be completely clean and also free of bacteria that can cause skin reactions in some people.
6) Coconut Oil
Similar to olive oil, coconut oil too can be used to clean makeup brushes regularly due to its anti-bacterial and cleansing properties. You can either soak your brushes in them for a few minutes and rinse them or add coconut oil to the dishwashing liquid soap while cleaning your brushes.
Either way, you are assured of complete cleaning of your brushes while keeping them soft for future usage. Rinse the brushes with warm water after cleaning them to ensure that they are 100% clean and bacteria free.
No matter which DIY technique you adopt, make sure that you clean your cosmetic brushes regularly to avoid any skin problems. One of the factors that prevent us from doing a routine makeup kit cleaning is our own laziness but this can cause a long-lasting damage to not just our skin but also on our wellbeing.
Natural oils and other home cleaning products can be used effectively to clean your makeup brushes after use. As an important part of your makeup kit, they too deserve equal attention and maintenance, so that they last longer. Keeping your brushes clean will help keep them just like new and always ready to use, no matter what the occasion.