Brush guards keep make-up brushes shaped correctly and clean from dirt and debris. Although some make-up brushes come with their own individual guards and you can purchase guards at stores selling cosmetics, you can make your own version of a brush guard in a few easy steps. Purchase small plastic bags used to hold crafting supplies -- such as beads -- at the craft store, to keep your brushes clean. Although a traditional zip-top bag might also work, craft storage bags tend to be a little thicker and can withstand more wear and tear.
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Things you need
- Small plastic bags
- Double-sided tape
Select an appropriate sized bag for your make-up brush. You'll want a bag that is large enough to cover the bristles, but snug enough to keep the bristles in place in the bag.
Cut the zipper end off the bag using scissors.
Flip the bag over, and cut off the closed end of the bag. This will make an open-ended bag tube.
Slide the make-up brush inside the open-ended bag, with the handle going in first. This prevents the bristles from getting caught in the bag's opening.
Trim the bag as necessary until it is just slightly longer than the brush; the exact length to which you cut the bag will vary based upon the type and size of make-up brush, however you'll want the bag to be no more than 1 /2 inch longer than the actual bristles. If the bag is too wide for your brush, cut off one of the sides of the bag and wrap the opened bag around the brush. Use a small piece of double-sided tape to close up the bag, leaving enough room for the bristles to stay in place without being crushed, but not so much room that the brush slides out on its own. Avoid making the guard too tight, because the bristles need some room to breathe. Slide the make-up brush into the guard.
Replace the guard if it becomes caked with make-up or no longer keeps the brush's shape.
Tips and warnings
- Wash make-up brushes regularly with warm water and a baby shampoo to limit the spread of germs and keep your brushes lasting longer. Lay washed brushes flat on a kitchen towel to dry. Allow the bristles to completely dry before storing the brushes in a guard or using them with your make-up
- Never place a wet or damp make-up brush into the brush guard; this could cause mould or mildew to grow inside the bristles and the bag.
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