Megan Luman, educator for Mehron Makeup, says that makeup brushes can be a big investment, so it’s super important to clean and take good care of them. We couldn’t agree more. “Not only is it necessary to clean them between the use of different products and colors, but also to disinfect the brushes,” she adds. If brushes and tools aren’t properly maintained, they can transfer bacteria onto your skin, causing irritation, and sometimes even breakouts. Here, we share tips from the pros on how to take care of your beauty tools the right way.
Use a gentle cleanser.
Jo Levy, director of artistry and education for Rouge Bunny Rouge, recommends using a gentle, nonabrasive cleanser to remove makeup and residue from brushes. “Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castille Soap ($11) is incredibly effective at cleaning both natural and synthetic bristles, plus, it won’t create film or cause your brushes to dry out.” To clean them the right way, Luman says to pour a little of the cleanser onto a towel and sweep the brush onto it in the same motion and stroke pattern that you would use if you were applying makeup with it. “Each brush is different, and you want to keep the integrity of the shape and bristles,” she adds.
Let your brushes dry laying down.
“Be sure to gently squeeze out any excess water from your brushes before laying them down on a table to dry overnight,” says Levy. “Never dry your brushes upright, as water may leak into the ferrel of the brush, causing it to loosen over time.”
Revive old brushes with coconut oil.
To rehydrate dry or frayed bristles on your brush, use this trick from Levy: Massage a pea-size amount of coconut oil throughout the bristles. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it out with a gentle cleanser. “This technique gives a quick moisture boost to old brushes and makes them look shiny and soft again,” she says. “Try it once a month to retain the integrity of your natural bristle brushes.”
Sponges and blenders need extra TLC.
“Wash them after each use,” says Luman. “Use either a mild makeup remover or a gentle cleanser with warm water. Squeeze out all the excess cleanser and allow them to dry overnight.”
Soak your eyelash curler.
Levy says to soak your curler in a bowl of lukewarm water (1-2 cups) combined with one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for 10 minutes. “This acts as a natural sanitizer to help remove residue and bacteria from your tools.”