How-To: Clean Makeup Brushes | Nordstrom Beauty School

How-To: Clean Makeup Brushes | Nordstrom Beauty School

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So makeup is all about glitter and color and fun, right? But there are some chores that you have to keep up with. You have to keep your brushes clean. It’s good for the brushes and it’s good for your skin and it actually helps your brushes work better. So I’m going to show you three quick ways to clean your brushes and it’s easy and fast, I promise. When I want to switch colors without using a new brush, I usually just wipe the brush across a clean tissue or a washcloth. There are sponges designed for exactly this task, but you can also use what you have on hand. If you want to be extra sure you’re starting fresh, you can use a quick-drying brush cleanser. Squirt a bit directly on your brush or into your hand, making sure it’s nice and damp, then swish and swirl until you see it come clean. It’s kind of shocking how much makeup will magically appear! This particular cleanser is alcohol-based and air dries really quickly. Work it against a washcloth until no makeup is visible. Reshape the bristles and you’re good to go in under a minute. When I have a bit more time, I like to do a deeper clean, about once a month or so. I use a gentle soap or shampoo and really work it through, making sure to clean all of last month’s makeup out of the brush. Then rinse, wring out excess water, reshape your bristles and leave it to dry flat. Drying flat protects the ferrule, the metal bit that holds all the bristles in place. If you’ve let it go a little too long, and let’s be honest, I know most of us do, you might want to use a specially designed tool. There are lots of options like textured mats and gloves, but I like this super portable one. It has a built-in solid soap and little embedded spikes to really get in there. Scrub until it’s nice and sudsy, then rinse and repeat as needed. Really be sure to squeeze out all the water you can. The more you can get rid of, the faster your trusty brushes will be dry and ready to use again. So now you know the basics. It’s not that hard. Make sure to do it often and your face will thank you for it. It’s not that difficult. It’s going to be good for everyone. I’m so sorry. I can’t do this. Jazz hands. [Siren noise.] The block is hot. All right.

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