The Beauty Encyclopedia: How Should I Dry My Makeup Brushes?

The Beauty Encyclopedia: How Should I Dry My Makeup Brushes?

The Beauty Encyclopedia: How Should I Dry My Makeup Brushes?

So you’ve mastered the art of washing your makeup brushes – and it’s a great habit to have – but there’s just one thing you want to know: how on earth should I dry my makeup brushes?

Easy peasy! After you’ve washed your brushes, lay them down flat on a towel to dry overnight in a well ventilated area, ideally resting on a slight downwards angle so any excess moisture will drain down the bristles and away from the glue and metal choker holding your brush together.
Gently pinch the bristles of your biggest, fluffiest brushes (powder, blush, blending, etc) into the tightest narrow shape you can manage: this will help prevent the softer and looser bristles on these brushes from frizzing out and loosing their vertical integrity. A speciality brush guard gives the same effect but, for what it’s worth. I tend to view them as a solution for something that isn’t really a problem to begin with. Peep Beautyholics Anonymous’ brush guard review though, they may be the solution to all your brush guarding needs.

But! Whatever you do, don’t use a hair dryer, flat iron or heat stylers on your makeup brushes! The close heat of styling tools and direct air of a hair dryer can wreck your brushes in an instant, causing bristle damage or destroying the smooth directional lie of your precious makeup brush hairs. Always budget a good 12 or so hours of drying time, and you’ll never be caught in a pinch again.

Good luck with your makeup brushes!

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