TOOLS: How to Dry your Brushes effectively
Anyone who takes beauty tools seriously and who has a weakness over makeup brushes probably had been or is going through an occasional debate over the best way to take care of tools and the more pressing issue, to dry your brushes.
I'm sure one way or the other, you've encountered brush guards and how they preserve the shape and body of your brush hairs. And maybe along the way, you've also encountered how you should use these brush guards as a support stand to dry your just cleaned brushes hair side down (so excess water falls down from the brush and not towards the glue that holds your brush together); however, based on experience, that technique is only great if your brush guard is spanking new; otherwise, if you leave your brush upside down, gravity will pull it towards the surface and we all should know that when a brush is embraced by a brush guard, removal should always be from the handle-upward, and not the other way around.
Perhaps, without a brush guard, you subscribe to the usual technique of just letting your brush dry on a towel; but I've read that one should avoid that because keeping your brushes in contact with yet another surface that is wet, or can hold moisture, increases risks of mold development. The work-around for this is to leave your brushes lying down on an edge--but clumsy people like me, just can't make that work. Know the best way to dry your brushes, after the jump!
So what I did, is combine the logic between these two techniques of drying brushes into one very easy and practical way of letting your brushes, sleep. All you would need is a regular mesh office paper tray. It has to be the mesh type because it is with this design that your brushes can "stand" with support yet still have breathable space to prevent molds.
For this technique, you may opt to use brush guards or not. Just remember that if you're not using a brush guard, you should tilt the mesh tray on a maybe 30 degree angle instead of upright, as shown in my photo above. This is to avoid deforming your brushes when it's dry. However, for illustration purposes, I have my tray standing upright because I have brush guards at my disposal. :)
So like I said, this technique using a mesh paper tray resolves the risk involved in using not-so-new brush guards, while also prevents any mold formation because even if you leave the tray lying down, the brushes can breathe through the mesh holes.
So that's about it for today. I hope what I shared helped and inspired you to come up with your own unique and effective way to care for your tools. If you have any other tips of your own, please do share through the comments. I would love to hear what you do! :)
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