Brushes – How to care for them?

Brushes – How to care for them?

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High quality makeup brushes, as well as accessories are an investment. Investment to take good care of, to ensure they’ll serve you well the coming years. As we receive a lot of questions regarding the brush care, here are some tips and tricks we’d love to share with you!

Why do we cleanse the brushes?

Cleansing the brushes to keep them and the products sanitary is just one reason. Another one is your skin. When the brushes are not cleansed properly, you keep applying the bacteria back onto the skin. If you dip directly into the product, the product has the bacteria growing in it as well. High chance of getting skin issues.

This happens with cream as well as powder product usage. Brushes pick up oil from the skin, leaving moisture in the bristles which again, lets bacteria build up in the brush.

We put so much effort into the skincare routines and good products, why go sabotage it with dirty brushes?!

Extra tip: To avoid dipping the dirty brush into the product, use a spatula and portion all the products on a mixing palette.

How often do the brushes need to be cleansed?

As often as possible! As stated above, the brushes tend to be an ideal place for the bacteria growth – not cleansing the brushes often enough gives the bacteria the perfect opportunity to party. Brushes used for cream products are advised to have a deep cleanse after every use. Brushes used for powder products – deep cleanse is recommended at least after a few uses. If the brushes are to be used on anyone but yourself, it’s mandatory to deep cleanse the brushes after every use.

‘’I always use the brush spray to clean, that’s okay, right?’’

Brush cleansing sprays are a great way to quickly sanitize and cleanse on the go. If you’re a professional makeup artist, it’s great to have in the kit for the quick cleanse. For personal use at home, you may use the spray to sanitize when traveling or just on the one lazy day. That being said, they’re  still never to be used often or as the only thing, on synthetic or natural hair. Brush cleansers have a high % of alcohol – alcohol kills bacteria, sounds great, right? Imagine spraying alcohol onto your hair. That’s not something you’d be happy to do, right? Why? Because it damages the hair – the hair gets very dry and after using the alcohol every day, the hair would get so weak it just loses strength, length and it breaks. Alcohol sucks up all the moisture and oils the natural hair has, damaging the natural hair brush on the long run. The spray also does not remove the product that has built in the brush. The products keep layering up and it needs a good wash to be gotten rid of. 

What do to use to clean the brushes?

Natural hair / Duo fibre (combination of natural and synthetic hair):
Never wash the brushes with anything you would not apply onto your own hair. Very simple guideline to follow. For natural hair, use the least damaging and the most conditioning soap you find. Two recommendations: Baby shampoo is a great option as well as Marseille block soap. Baby shampoo is very gentle for the hair, keeping it nice and soft. Marseille soap is very good with nourishing the natural hair. If you choose to go for the Marseille soap, make sure to go for the authentic one – the authentic one is based on olive oil and has only a few other ingredients, all non-toxic and suitable for the most sensitive skin. Never containing any animal additives.

Synthetic hair:
Brushes with synthetic hair are many times used on cream based products. Cream based products can be a bit difficult to fully cleanse off the brushes: for example a product that contains oils or is waterproof. To avoid products from building up in the brush, we need to get rid of all the dirt. For this use, baby shampoo / Marseille soaps can be too gentle. Using more harsh and effective soap, that is focused on removing dirt and oils might be a better idea. For synthetic hair, using diluted Dreft works good. Just make a mix on a small bottle, 1:2. The synthetic hair does not have any natural oils in them, so there is no damage on the brush hair. 
When using waterproof products, removing the makeup requires oil based removers. Same goes with melting the product off the brush. Double cleansing: melt the product with a oil based makeup remover and proceed on washing the brush clean with the soap of choice.

‘’The hair is tangled, how do I avoid that?’’

Use the brush the same as you would when applying makeup. Do not break the shape of the brush when washing, but follow the shape. There is no need to press the brush and spread the hair all the way to get it clean.

Wet the bristles > soap up the brush > gently massage against your hand, moving the brush along the natural movement of the bristles > rinse the brush until water is clear > press off excess water and leave to dry.

How do you dry the brushes?

Laying on the side, on top of a towel. To get the water out the hair, fold one side of the towel, place the butt of the brush on top and bristles towards downhill.
Common mistake is, to leave the brushes standing bristles up while they’re still wet. This will let the water drip into the glue/sewn on part inside the metal, which binds the hair together. Letting the water inside weakens the bind, loosening it and after a while the bristles start falling out.
To keep the brush in the best possible shape, it’s advised to help the shape of the brush while drying. By helping the brush dry into it’s original shape, you keep the hair tight together and the bristles will hold it’s shape better. To hold the shape the best, you can use elastic tubes. Easy, quick and sanitary to use. You slide them onto the brush, butt first and leave to dry as mentioned. The elastic tubes can be sanitized with alcohol. If they loosen up, just drop them into hot water and they tighten back to the original size. These tubes can also be used on dry brushes while traveling.

How do you store the brushes?

In a glass, standing up. In a brush roll or belt. In a brush tube. As long as there is nothing rubbing/pressing against the hair, the style is free. We don’t recommend is in a makeup bag alongside with makeup items – Brush loses the shape and gets tangled. Brush tubes can be quite handy – can be split in half for two holders and they protect the brushes nicely while on the go!


Should this not answer all your questions regarding brush care, please do ask away!

Enjoy the clean and well cared brushes!

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