Konglish Beauty

Tip: drying make-up brushes

Posted in brushes, organisation, tips, tools by konglishbeauty on July 8, 2010

Here’s a quick tip from me re: drying your make-up brushes. If you invest in make-up brushes (AS YOU ALL SHOULD!!!!) then you should also clean them regularly to avoid nasty crusty residue building up on them. I’ve seen people spending big money on premium brushes then tossing them in their make-up bags to gather detritus and debris, bending and damaging the bristles, never washing them and then complaining that their fancy brushes look and perform like crap. These people deserve to apply their make-up using pan scourers. Shame on you for not respecting your tools.

When washing then leaving your brushes to dry, conventional wisdom is to leave the bristle heads hanging over the edge of a surface like a table edge, so that the bristles and hairs don’t dry pressed flat against the surface. Some people use brush guards so that they can stand their brushes upside down whilst drying, the idea being that gravity will pull any water down so it doesn’t pool and collect within the ferrule rotting the wood or glue that holds the brush hairs in place. Good idea but personally I’ve found that using brush guards increases drying time and I can’t be bothered to hang around that long. If the brushes aren’t dry by morning (after washing them the previous night) then it’s inconvenient. Hmmmm. What to do?

Well, the next best thing…. is drying them at a downward angle. This way the brush heads are still hanging over a free edge, any excess water will drain downwards but air can still circulate around the hairs so that they’re dry by morning. GENIUS!

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