Makeup brushes are key to taking any makeup look to the next level (have you ever tried to blend eyeshadow with your fingers?) and can truly make or break your routine. The right ones will leave you looking fresh and flawless, while bad brushes make you work much harder than you should. Even the best brushes need a little TLC, however, and need to be washed and maintained regularly to perform at their best. If you happen to be among the few diligently washing their brushes after every use (or like most of us who rarely put soap and water on our beloved bristles) and they’re still not bouncing back the way they should, it may have something to do with your drying method. Drying your brushes is just as important as washing — make sure you’re doing it properly with our quick tutorial ahead.
STEP 1: Start With a Clean Towel
Pick a flat surface with an edge (bathroom countertop, table, dresser, etc) and lay out a clean towel along the surface. After cleansing your brushes (our favorite includes the Lancôme Foundation Brush #2 , and Highlighting Brush #3), fold over the towel so it surrounds the brush. Next, gently press on it to sop up the excess water and give an extra squeeze to make sure they’re not soaking wet.
STEP 2: Let Brushes Air Dry
Lay brushes flat on the towel so that the bristles are hanging over the edge. You want the air to be able to circulate around the brushes so they can dry evenly and thoroughly. Allow a few hours for the brushes to dry completely before you use them. We recommend washing them before bed and letting them dry over night.
Many dry their brushes in a cup, and while that seems easy, we caution against it. This causes the water to trickle down into the ferrule, which contains the glue that holds the bristles and handle together. The water loosens and ruins the glue, which in turn leads to excessive shedding and shortens the lifespan of your brush.