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How to clean your makeup brushes

Whether you’re already a fully qualified professional makeup artist or simply love to paint your face, it's crucial you clean your makeup brushes.  For those who apply makeup for fun...

How to clean your makeup brushes

Whether you’re already a fully qualified professional makeup artist or simply love to paint your face, it's crucial you clean your makeup brushes. 

For those who apply makeup for fun, we are probably all too guilty of not cleaning our makeup tools as regularly as we should. For professional, qualified makeup artists, makeup brushes should be cleaned after every client without fail or it could compromise your insurance cover.

Dirty makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, which could cause acne breakouts and even rashes such as dermatitis. You wouldn’t want this to happen to you, so why put your clients at risk?

Makeup brushes are a big investment to help you do your job so well, so it’s important to invest the same love and care we give to putting on makeup to cleaning our makeup brushes. 

What's on your makeup brushes and what it can do to your skin

Makeup brushes can collect all sorts of things from layers of oil from our skin, makeup pigment and dead skin cells as well as more unpleasant things including mites and bacteria such as staphylococcus. 

So by leaving your brushes uncleaned they can cause numerous issues for the skin including breakouts, congestion and skin irritation. Not to mention, makeup brushes can be one of the biggest culprits for spreading viruses.  In the current climate with the worry of COVID 19 it is even more important to observe strict hygiene and sanitation protocol. 

Cleaning your Makeup Brushes Step-By-Step

This simple step-by-step guide on how to clean your makeup brushes can be used by both professional, qualified makeup artists and for those of us who apply makeup to our own faces day to day.

1. Wash

Dip each brush individually under warm running water then using an antibacterial soap or a gentle shampoo, massage, and rub your makeup brushes with your fingers to create a good lather removing any dirt.

Alternatively, you can invest in a professional makeup brush cleaning spray, solution or soap which can be found in most personal care stores or online sites. 

2. Swirl 

Once your makeup brushes have been immersed in antibacterial soap or shampoo, hold and swirl them under warm running water until there is no lather left and they are sparkling clean. 

Alternatively, you can invest in makeup brush cleaning pads which will significantly reduce the brush washing time.

3. Repeat

If you still feel there is residue on your brushes, repeat the process again following the wash & swirl method until you feel your brushes are completely clean or any dirt or residue.

4. Dry

After you have finished cleaning your makeup brushes, lay them flat to dry individually in a row. If you stack them on top of one another they won’t dry properly.

How often should you be cleaning your makeup brushes?

For makeup artists who use their makeup brushes day in and day out on multiple clients, you should be cleaning your brushes after every single use to avoid cross-contamination and to avoid compromising your insurance cover.

For the rest of us who simply enjoy applying makeup to our own faces, you should aim to clean face brushes such as foundation, concealer, and powder brushes once a week, whilst eye brushes that you’ll be using for various shades should be clean after every use to improve the application.

Why cleaning your brushes is more important than ever

At the time of writing, the UK is in the midst of a global pandemic and healthcare crisis. As a makeup artist you’ll need to put measures in place to enable you to return to work safely when allowed to do so. 

The key to successfully returning to work post-Covid-19 is to create a safe and hygienic environment for your client that focuses on controlling and preventing the spread of the virus. 

Although as a professional, qualified makeup artist you should already be cleaning your make-up brushes in between uses, you will need to take your hygiene levels to another level to ensure your clients feel safe using your services. For more information on how this can be achieved, please read our guide to returning to work after a pandemic. 

We hope you find this guide helpful.  If you are a professional, fully qualified make up artist looking for insurance cover or if you have any questions about makeup artistry insurance, beautician insurance, hairdressers insurance, or nail technicians insurance, please contact our friendly knowledgeable team on 0345 605 8670 or email us at info@professionalbeautydirect.co.uk.  You can purchase individual self-employed Makeup Artist insurance for as little at £52.50 per year.  You can also buy instant cover online at www.professionalbeautydirect.co.uk.

1st July 2020