Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Makeup Brush Cleaning

For some it is a chore, although I know a lot of beauty bloggers actually really enjoy cleaning their makeup brushes, but whether we like it or not it is a necessity. After a certain number of uses, makeup brushes inevitably start to harbour bacteria, dust and dirt, and these are not things you will want to apply to your face along with your expensive foundation.

Makeup brush cleaning is very easy but can take a while depending on how many you use and how frequently you do so. It is best to clean them at least once every couple of weeks although once a week would be better. I am a bit lazy so I clean mine every other week.

You can buy specialist makeup brush shampoos but they can be quite expensive and a regular baby shampoo will do the job. Baby shampoo is good for brushes as it is very gentle so I use Johnson's Baby Shampoo (the smell can be a bit sickly but it lathers nicely). I simply fill the sink with warm - hot water, place a coin sized amount of shampoo in the palm of my hand and swirl the head of the brush in the shampoo until it lathers and then rinse. I repeat this until I can no longer see any product on the brush and then put it to one side. I do this for all my brushes and the sink eventually turns a funny orange colour. Nice. Once I drain this away, I then rinse the brushes again it warm clean water until there are no traces of shampoo left in the brush hairs.

It is best to leave your brushes flat on a table to dry, after using your hands to re-shape the hairs, as this prevents the water pooling in the ferrule (the metal part). This is a very easy way to clean makeup brushes and it does the job well. The brushes usually take about 24 hours to dry thoroughly, although this can depend on what sort of hairs are used in the brushes. Once dry, I start using them again as normal.

A deep clean like this is needed regularly, however, if you use your brushes everyday and constantly use different products it can be easier to spot-clean them every now and then. I currently only own a few eyeshadow brushes so often need to spot-clean them so that I can use different shades the next day.

I bought e.l.f's Daily Brush Cleaner for this very job. You simply spray it on to the head of the brush and then wipe away the product on a tissue or cotton wool pad. The only problem is that I can't stand the smell of the stuff. It has a very strong chemical scent which has put me off a bit. Another product that I have recently preferred using is a Micellar Water Cleanser such as L'oreal's Skin Perfection 3-in-1 Purifying Micellar Solution. I just soak a cotton pad in the solution and swirl my brush around until all of the product is gone. Very quick and easy!

So there we have it, some very easy ways to help maintain your brushes which will also help to make them last longer and prevent the spread of bacteria on your face, which can of course cause blemishes. We certainly don't want that!

Do you clean your brushes regularly? What are your favourite brush cleaning products? Let me know by commenting below.....

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1 comment:

  1. Great blog post! I always find cleaning brushes the bane of my beauty routine, thanks for the tips :)



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