Since the main purpose of a makeup brush is to ease the process of makeup application and make you look flawless, it becomes necessary that your brushes remain in proper shape and functioning. Not taking proper care of the makeup brushes NZ can lead to dirt accumulation which will eventually wear away the bristles and give uneven application. In addition to that, they may also get scratchy, thus giving skin abrasions. In order to prevent all these, make it a point to clean and also condition your brushes regularly. Depending on the type of cosmetics you use, makeup brushes need to be washed at least once a week. If you are into thicker and creamier products, you may even be required to clean them more often. Since it is not practical to have the brushes washed after every use, you can keep an instant spritz cleaner handy so that you can instantly clean and sanitize your brushes after every use. Given below are some tips on how to soften scratchy makeup brushes.

  1. Tap the brushes lightly a few times before wetting them with water. This will remove the loose powder and debris, thus making the rinsing process smoother.
  2. Place your brush underneath a running stream of water till all the bristles are thoroughly wet. You can also cup your palms or use a small bowl to dip in the brushes.
  3. When the bristles are thoroughly soaked, separate the bristle hair using gentle strokes. This will wash dissolve the clumps and wash away small debris.
  4. After your brush has been properly rinsed, remove it from under the tap and lightly squeeze the bristles to remove excess water.
  5. Take a small amount of facial foam and massage it onto the bristles. This should give rich foam and dissolve all the oil and grime. You can also swirl the brush around in a bowl of clean water to have each bristle cleaned thoroughly.
  6. Although a mild facial foam is good enough for cleaning makeup brushes, you can also go for the cleansers that are specifically formulated for the makeup brushes. These are gentler on your brushes and prevent drying and fraying of the bristles.
  7. Place the brush under running water and rinse away the foam till the bristle and handle are squeaky clean. Repeat the rinsing process a few more times and then squeeze the bristles to remove excess moisture.
  8. For stubborn and creamy cosmetics, have the makeup brushes first dipped into a solution of sodium bicarbonate for around five minutes. This will dissolve the creamy clumps and aid in cleaning.
  9. Gently tap the brush to remove excess moisture. Then soak the bristles in a makeup brush conditioner. Make sure that all of the bristles are coated in the conditioner.
  10. Leave the conditioner for around five minutes and again rinse the brush under tap water till it is clean enough.
  11. Squeeze the brushes to remove extra moisture and give a gentle tap to shake off excess water.
  12. Lay out the brushes horizontally over an absorbent towel and leave them to air dry.

The conditioning is the most important part of softening makeup brushes, so make sure that you are using the right makeup brush conditioner. Also, remember to place the brushes horizontally while drying. This will maintain the shape of the bristles and keep the water from seeping up to the handle. It is best not to blow dry after washing as it will dry out the bristles, thus making them rough.