Cleaning your brushes may not be your favourite part of your make up routine (I don’t believe it is anyone’s!) but it is so important to keep your tools and brushes clean. Not washing your brushes can cause a build-up in bacteria, oil, dirt and not to mention excess products spread between your tools and face which can lead to various skin issues (eg, blemishes and skin reactions). Cleaning your brushes on a regular basis makes your make up easier to apply, smoother and prevents blemishes, spots and any skin reactions!
It is recommended that you clean your concealer, foundation and any other facial brushes at least once a week. Any other brushes, such as: eye brushes, eyebrow brushes, lip brushes, etc. should be cleaned at least twice a month. Although this may seem like a long, boring task we have a short and simple guide to make the process much quicker and easier for you!
You will need:
A make up brush cleaner – some recommended products include – MAC Brush Cleanser, Clinique Brush Cleanser or Baby Shampoo works well also. Avoid products that are alcohol-based as this can dry out brushes
A make up brush cleaning mat is a good tool to have but is not necessary!
Antibacterial make up spray – we recommend this Pro Hygiene Anti-Bacterial Spray
How to wash your brushes:
- To begin, wet your brushes with warm water – ensure your brush is facing downwards.
- Gently cleanse / shampoo your brushes with the product you have chosen. To get the best clean, swirl the brush gently in the palm or your hand.
- Using warm water, thoroughly but carefully rinse out product from brushes.
- Once all excess product has been thoroughly rinsed out, gently squeeze out excess water on your brush.
- Use your fingers to restructure the bristles on your brush to their original shape.
- Lay your brushes out to dry, make sure all bristles are hanging over the edge of the surface. Doing this will allow the fibres to dry evenly and quickly.
- TIP: If you are in need of your brushes and they are not quite dry, you can dry them using a hair dryer. Make sure your hair dryer is on the lowest power and heat option and dry your brushes gently.