Makeup brushes hold the key to flawless makeup application in their hands, er, bristles. The right brush can make or break your routine. You can end up looking fresh and flawless, or like a kindergartener’s clown painting. Which is why we often splurge on fancy brushes and are furious when they fall apart for no reason.

We get it, and we have a simple solution to your problem. If your makeup brushes are looking a little rough and, two months in, start falling apart, the answer could possibly be found in your drying methods. Makeup brushes need to be taken care of regularly with a proper washing and drying every few weeks. Want to know how to protect your brushes from ruin? Read on!

1. Start with a Clean Towel 

After cleansing your brushes, take a clean towel and squeeze it — gently — around the bristles to squeeze any excess water out of the brush. An easy way to do this is to place your freshly washed brush on a soft, dry towel. Fold over the towel so that it surrounds the brush. Gently press on it to sop up the excess water.

2. Pick the Right Surface

Pick a flat surface with an edge (bathroom countertop, table, dresser, etc) and lay out a clean towel along the surface.

3. Dry Your Brush

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.

Many use the method of drying brushes in a cup. Don’t do that! This causes the water to trickle down into the glue that hold the bristles and handle together. The water then loosens and ruins the glue and in turn kills your poor brush. That’s how you end up getting bristles falling out of your favorite brush. Hanging them over the edge of a surface also allows the bristles to preserve their shape.

4. Give It Enough Time

Allow a few hours for the brushes to dry completely before you use them. We recommend washing them at night before bed and letting them dry overnight.

What are your methods for washing and drying your brushes? Sound off in the comments below!


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