Tell me how to take care of my new makeup brush. Do I wash it and how often?
There are a billion fancy brush cleaners you can buy – but on the flip side, you could do the bare inexpensive minimum and simply spritz the brushes with isopropyl alcohol to decontaminate. However, that might not add a lot of life to that Real Techniques blender you blew your pretty little allowance on. Continue reading “How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes” »
A reader recently asked a great question about foundation brushes:
A lady at Estée Lauder talked me into buying an angular makeup brush to apply my foundation. She made it look easy; I, however, have a tendency to drag it across my face like I’m painting a fence. Got any advice?
It’s true, ladies: your makeup goes bad, just like your milk. Old makeup products can be a breeding ground for bacteria, but since cosmetics manufacturers aren’t yet required by law to put expiration dates on their products, it’s up to us to remember when to ditch the expired ones.
Below are some guidelines for when to toss each type of makeup, and here’s a tip: if you have trouble remembering when you bought it, get one of those nifty White-Out pens and scribble the purchase date onto the container as soon as you get it home. (You can always write it on the bottom if you love to parade out your new Diorshow in the bathroom with your friends.)
In order to keep your make-up brushes in great condition, you must take care of them. That means cleaning them correctly on a regular basis.
Make up brushes should be cleaned approximately every 2-3 months. They should be thoroughly cleansed with a brush cleaner, or you can try using a clarifying shampoo. If you have sensitive skin, you can even try using your facial cleanser, since it will be less harsh on your skin when you use them again. I like Japonesque’s Makeup Brush Cleaner. A very gentle all-natural dish soap will work too.
After cleansing, make sure to reshape the brushes immediately to avoid ruining them. Then let them air dry.
See, it isn’t that hard to keep your brushes in mint condition! Cleansing and maintaining them this way doesn’t promise that the brushes will last a lifetime, but it will definitely keep them working longer.
As you can probably guess from my inability to budget in the makeup department, I have a myriad of different high quality cosmetics brushes and makeup applicators from any number of illustrious brands at my disposal. However, my favorite beauty tool remains to this day the glorious Q-tip (or “cotton swab”, for you generic types).
The cotton swab provides an amazing quick fix for nearly every beauty related issue, and can be used to apply nearly any product with excellent precision. Here’s a massive list of 29 great ways to use Q-tips for all your beauty needs: