TUTORIAL: CLEANING MAKEUP BRUSHES

HAS IT GONE DRY AND CLUMPY? HAS YOUR BRUSH BECOME HARSH ON YOUR SKIN? DO YOU HAVE ACNE, WEAR MAKEUP & USE BRUSHES? IF SO, READ ON!!!

We often tend to overlook cleaning our makeup brushes or tools but it is one of the most important things to do. How to be hygienic is the most important rule because all the tools used to apply makeup is a breeding ground for bacteria. I rather wash my brushes than suffer from eye infections or breakouts!!!

 

NOT WASHING BRUSHES:

Not washing your makeup brushes/tools is like not washing your face. Whilst applying makeup all the bacteria, dead skin cells, old makeup, dirt and oil gets picked up. The next use of the brush/tool the same thing happens but also with whatever has been picked up from the previous use going straight back onto your skin. 

BENEFITS:

Washing your brushes/tools regularly will not only benefit your skin from acne or any other skin problems, but it will also keep your brushes being soft and subtle allowing for a smoother application, and will also help with your brushes/tools lifespan. 

HOW OFTEN:

For my own preference I like to wash my brushes/tools once or twice a week and for the brushes I use daily such as foundation, concealer, powder or eyeliner brush I will give them a wash every 2/3 days. The reason for this is that any brush that is used with a liquid or oil base is more prone to bacteria and dirt.
If you have acne or any other skin problem I recommend that you clean your brushes more often. Any brand new brushes also need washing due to any dust, dirt or bacteria picked up from production.

METHOD:

Everybody has their own preferences on how to clean their brushes. I’m NOT STATING that the method that I will be showing is THE BEST but what has worked really well for me.
Try to wash your brushes at night and allow them to dry so that the brushes will be ready for use the next day. Make sure that the brushes are thoroughly dried before use as it could affect application.

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

The majority people use mild/ sensitive soap, baby shampoo, even professional brush cleaners and those are very good choices. However I use antibacterial wash which removes oil, pigment, dirt and most importantly bacteria.

The dish washing antibacterial wash can be slightly harsh to the brushes and may strip the hairs of its natural oils so to recondition the hairs on the brushes I use extra virgin oil.

This method is not only effective but also inexpensive too!!! Here we go…

 

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Use a plate and drizzle the antibacterial washing liquid onto a plate

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Now pour some of the extra virgin oil

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It should look something like this

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Grab a brush and swirl it into the mixture of washing soap and extra virgin oil

Swirl the brush onto the palm of your hand so that the mixture gets to all the dirt

Once the brush is all lathered up, rinse under lukewarm water, making sure the brush is facing down so that no water gets into the metal ferrule. If water gets into the ferrule it may loosen the glue that holds the bristles together and can cause them to fall out. Then squeeze excess water with brush facing down.

Roll up a towel and place the brushes facing down so that all the water seeps down and out of the brushes. If you were to lay the brushes flat it can still cause any water that may have got into the ferrule to loosen the bristles or even rust. Leave to dry overnight.

Last part is optional but I highly recommend. Grab any antibacterial wipes and wipe down the handle of each brush to ensure all bacteria is gone. Your all done!

If you prefer to use a professional brush cleaner I recommend Parian Spirit.

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