Friday, 27 September 2013

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Now I'm going to be honest, for the longest time I didn't clean my make-up brushes. I didn't think it really mattered and everyone had brush cleaning spray, something that I just couldn't afford. I tried making my own brush cleaner following a YouTube tutorial but the mixture went of within days and all I was left with was slightly weird smelling brushes and a mouldy bottle. 
Surprisingly, only very recently have I finally found a formula and technique that is simple and that I'm happy with. Not only is it easy but it takes next to no time to follow through.

What You'll Need
  • Olive Oil
  • Washing-Up Liquid (or another soap/cleaning product. Even shampoo works!)
  • A paper plate or cardboard square
  • Tissue/Napkin or Towel
  • Dirty brushes
  • Water
  • Your hands
The Steps

1. Firstly you need to make sure you have a collection of dirty brushes.

2. Next grab a paper plate, or if you're like me and have none in the house today grab a cardboard packaging from the recycling and lay a napkin on top. I've also placed the cardboard on top of a tray so if any product does seep through I can easily wipe it away.

3. Now you need to gather your ingredients together! I use Fairy washing-up liquid and a olive oil. The brand doesn't matter as long as you have a soap or washing up liquid and a olive oil included. The washing-up liquid/soap cleans away the dirt from the brush leaving it clean, the olive oil insures that the glue that holds the brush bristles to the handle of the brush stays intact. 

4. Now all you want to do is dip your brush in both the cleaning product of your choice and olive oil.


5. To clean the brush, the technique that I use and find that works best is to sweep the brush up and down the palm of your hand. This works the mixture right into the brushes bristles, insuring it's cleaned thoroughly. It's also satisfying watching all the product come away.

6. Now find yourself a tap and rinse through the bristles, circling and sweeping the brush across your palm like above. You'll know your brush is completely clean by squeezing the brush. If the water that oozes out is clear then your brush is ready for Step 7, if the water is tinted or dirty then keep the brush under the tap for a while longer. 

7. Lastly all you have to do is set your brush gently down on a tissue or towel. I find it easier to use a tissue as it is easier to dispose of. A little tip to get your brushes to dry quicker is to flick the brush bristles or thwack it against your hand. My brushes are usually completely dry within a hour, an hour and a half at the most!

It's so incredibly important to clean your brushes, especially face brushes used to apply foundation, concealer or powder. Every face has a layer of bacteria, no matter how many times you wash it. When the brush is applying a product it picks up the dirt and oil from your face and sticks to the bristles. If you don't clean your brush the next time it touches your face all it is doing is adding back bacteria to your face. This is usually the reason why you can break out into spots, definitely try and wash your face brushes at least once a week thoroughly!

Thank you for reading and I hope this post has helped you!

Camera used: Fujifilm digital camera FinePix S3200