The most common mistake people make with their makeup isn’t applying makeup at all. It’s improperly caring for your brushes.
Almost everyone is aware that they don’t clean their brushes often enough. However when you do clean them, how do you dry them? Can you use a blow dryer on makeup brushes? And if you
can’t, is there an alternative that gets them ready to use faster?
Let’s take a look at how to dry (and care for) makeup brushes.
Why You Shouldn’t Blow Dry Makeup Brushes
There are a number of reasons why you should never use a blow dryer on your makeup brushes.
Damages the fibers
Even if your brushes are vegan, the bristles are as delicate as your own hair, and can be damaged, over dried, and even develop split ends.
If you blow dry your brushes, you can basically end up heat-styling them, which damages their shape.
Brushes are designed with a specific use in mind, so preserving their shape is an important part of preserving the brush.
Damages the glue
The glue that holds makeup brushes together can degrade or be damaged by excessive heat, just like any other glue.
In other words, not only should you not blow dry makeup brushes, but you should protect them from extreme heat in general, and not store them in sunlight, near heating vents, or in a hot vehicle.
The Best Way to Dry Makeup Brushes
- After you wash your brushes, use your hand to gently squeeze out excess water.
- Place them on a microfiber towel, fold the towel over the top, and press gently to remove even more water.
- Reshape the damp brushes to restore and preserve their shape
- Hang them upside down from a makeup brush drying rack. This allows water to evaporate naturally without staying in the bristles, drying them faster, since air circulates on all sides. Faster drying prevents bacteria and mildew from growing, and preserves the glue that holds the brush together. Hanging makeup brushes upside down also preserves the shape, without flattening the brushes. There are a variety of racks and hacks for precisely this purpose. This one from QGAKAGO is a great example.
- Place your makeup drying rack in a cool, well-ventilated area (like near an open window) but out of direct sunlight.
- Allow your brushes to dry completely before use. For thick, dense bristles, this can take several hours or overnight.
How to Dry Your Makeup Brushes in a Hurry
If you don’t have time to gently hang your brushes dry, you can occasionally use a hair dryer to save time. If you absolutely must, here’s how to blow dry makeup brushes:
- Use the coolest air and lowest speed on your blow dryer.
- Don’t aim the blow dryer down the center of your brushes, splaying out the fibers. Instead, hanging or holding the brush upside down, blow the air gently down the brush from the handle to the tip.
- Rotate the blow dryer around the outside of the brush bristles, not allowing heat to build up in any one area.
- Pause often to reshape the brush and allow it to cool down.
- Keep going until the brush is completely dry.
Hot tip: Fall in love with microfiber instead
Microfiber makeup remover cloths are a fantastic way to care for yourself and your makeup brushes. You can use them to remove makeup from your face, use them to blot dry your clean brushes, but also use them to spot-clean your brushes if you don’t have time for a full wash.
Simply wipe your brush bristles gently with a cloth, and almost all of your old makeup residue is removed. They are also machine washable and reusable, making them better for the environment than disposable makeup pads. This set of 3 cloths from Rainbow Rovers can take makeup off your face as well as your brushes.
Taking care of your brushes is actually taking care of your skin, so it’s important to wash them regularly and dry them correctly, to protect yourself and preserve the life of your brushes.