Using scratchy makeup brushes can causes facial abrasions. You can protect the most delicate skin on your body by keeping your brushes soft, which also preserves them. Soft brushes ensure smooth makeup application for the appearance of a healthy complexion and a polished look. Take a little time to clean your brushes before conditioning them.
Rinse your makeup brush for about one minute in a steady stream of warm water to wet the handle and all bristles. Use your fingertips to separate the bristles and to dissolve clumps, remove particles and loosen debris. Turn off the water source. Place the bristles between your thumb and index finger and apply light pressure to smooth them and to remove excess water.
Wash your makeup brush for about one minute under a steady stream of warm water, using your fingertips to massage a dime-sized amount of foaming facial cleanser into the bristles. Makeup brush cleaner also is an option. Rinse and repeat. Turn off the water source. Place the bristles between your thumb and index finger and apply light pressure to smooth them and to remove excess water. Shake the brush to remove more moisture.
Apply a dime-sized amount of hair conditioner into the bristles, using your fingertips to distribute the solution evenly. Leave the conditioner on for about three minutes. Rinse and repeat the process to remove residue. Place the bristles between your thumb and index finger and apply light pressure to smooth them and to remove excess water. Shake the brush to remove more moisture.
Fold a paper towel in half lengthwise and lay it across the palm of one hand. Use your other hand to tap the makeup brush bristles onto the paper towel to remove any remaining liquid. Lay the brush on a fresh paper towel to air-dry for approximately 30 minutes.
Dermatologists suggest cleaning your makeup brushes at least once a week. Paper towels prevent lint deposits and bacterial growth.
Kate Prescott has been writing political commentary since 2002. Born in Paris, she was a Rotary Club ambassador in Europe. She received the Booth Journalism Award in 1979 and the Rose Kemp Fellowship in 2006. Prescott holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Master of Arts in public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.