HOW TO: Taking Care of Makeup Brushes With Natural Bristles
Today, I will talk about taking care of makeup brushes made with natural bristles and what cleansers I use on them. This topic brings to light the question: Do you really have to use two separate cleansers for your brushes? I'd say YES, although this is just how I do it. It depends if you're more on the meticulous side or practical side, but if you want to prolong the life, softness, and beauty of your natural- haired brushes, it's best to use a cleanser that is well- suited to their characteristics.
There are makeup brush shampoos that are labeled as is and are meant to do this, that, and so on to your brushes, but this is when the practical side of me comes out as I don't buy into the hype and just use products that are straight out of the bathroom and even the kitchen-this ranges from shampoos, body wash, and to dishwashing liquid, but I do have a makeup brush soap in hand for extra lazy days. Bottomline, you don't need to search far and wide for the perfect shampoo for your natural- haired babies as they're just right under your nose. :)
Going back to the 'taking care' part. So which is the best, most affordable, and most accessible cleanser for your natural makeup brushes? Shampoo! To prove a point, shampoo is used on our hair, which is undoubtedly natural and it only makes sense to use it on naturally- derived bristles-we even do this on wigs. I used dishwashing liquid on these types of makeup brush before and they ended up feeling stiff and scratchy so I switched to shampoo and the results were phenomenal: the bristles remained soft, fluffy, and flexible-definitely good for my facial skin. As for synthetic bristles, they fare just fine with dishwashing liquid (preferably with antibacterial properties) because they're engineered to stay the way they're made regardless of what type of cleanser you use on them, but not detergent because this is too abrasive plus it will leave nasty residues not only on the bristles but on your face as well.
Does it have to be a particular brand of shampoo? Not really as long as it's not dog or car shampoo! :p I say you can use whatever shampoo you want, but I'm sharing my favorites after the cut plus a few alternatives.
I use these on rotation: Absynthe Bath and Beauty Hair Goddess Shampoo because it has Argan and Emu Oil that loosen up hardened oil and pigments from liquid bases and even powder bases. It's too costly to be a brush shampoo in my books because it's at P379.00 per bottle, but since mine had expired right before I finished it, I thought of recycling it by using it as a makeup brush shampoo. It's also safe even for hypoallergenic skin so if you break out from regular shampoos, this is a good option.
For the frugal ladies, you can use any commercial shampoo: Sunsilk, Rejoice, Vaseline, Palmolive, Dove, etc. as long as formula is creamy. Why? Because the creamy formula will keep the bristles soft. I use Palmolive, especially the purple one because it has Coconut Oil to, again, loosen up hardened oil and pigments from the bristles.
If you break out from shampoo and you don't want to risk it, try the following:
Facial Foam- this is formulated to be gentle because it's made for your facial skin, a sensitive portion of your body so I don't see any problem using it on natural makeup brushes. Personally, I use Pond's when I'm out of Palmolive. However, avoid facial cleansers with acid ingredients such as AHA and BHA, or any micro- peeling agents-these might dry out the bristles.
Body Wash- a creamy body wash with oil extracts or moisturizers, to be exact. If you want to be sure that it's gentle, go for the ones that are made for sensitive skin. I love using Dove in lieu of Palmolive, Absynthe, or Pond's.
Body Soap- I don't really use this product to clean brushes, but it's definitely another option. I think a creamy or oil- based soap would be great! Just steer clear of soaps with whitening and peeling ingredients!
So I hope you all learned something useful today. Have you got any tips on taking care of natural makeup brushes? Share them with me in the comments section! :D
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