Saturday, 14 June 2014

How To: Clean Your Brushes (On A Budget!)




Our brushes and tools are so important when it comes to makeup application. Click 'read more' to see some quick and easy ways to tackle the dreaded task of keeping your brushes clean and in perfect working order!


Easy 'In-Between Washes' Clean

You can take something like the e.l.f. Daily Brush Cleaner and spritz it on your brushes before and after using them. Simply spray the bristles and gently rub onto a lint free cloth. You can also use products like witch-hazel or 99% Isopropyl alcohol. 


Deep Clean
Ideally, you should be giving your brushes a deep clean once a week, especially your face brushes. This is even more important if you have acne prone skin. Just like washing your makeup off before bed, this helps to prevent germs from spreading and your skin from breaking out.


You will need:
  • A clean sink + running water.
  • A towel/paper towel to lay your wet brushes on
  • Baby Shampoo
  • Your brushes


First things first, you need to wet the bristles of your brush under warm, running water. Try your hardest to never hold your brushes upright once they're wet.
Taking your baby shampoo, squeeze out a blob of shampoo about the same size as the head of your brush.





Now, taking your already wet brush, gently push the bristles into the soap and rub in circular motions! This should produce some dirty suds.


This part is important. We need to rinse the soap out extremely well. Hold the brush under the warm water once again and this time move it in circular motions like you did while you were getting it soapy. Rinse thoroughly!




 Some brushes will foam up more than others and you'll find synthetic bristles are a lot easier to wash than natural bristles. You'll be able to see below the difference in staining between synthetic and natural.

 I like to cheat with similar brushes like eye brushes or smaller face brushes and do more than one at a time.


Rinsing three brushes calls for being even more thorough!
Notice the natural bristles on these brushes still kind of look dirty? They stain extremely easily.

When all of your brushes are clean and rinsed you're going to need thick paper towel or a towel to lay them on. It's important to lay them at an angle to prevent water from seeping into the ferrule (the metal part connecting the brush head to the wooden handle) or you could drastically shorten the life of your brushes. 


Leave Your Brushes To Dry Overnight

It's a little hard to see in the picture but I've folded the towel under a few times to heighten where the handles of the brushes are sitting. Gravity will allow the water to drip out of the bristles and not back down through the ferrule. Leave your brushes to dry in a nice airy spot or even under a ceiling fan.



And that's just about it! As long as you love your brushes they will love you back, give you awesome application and hopefully no nasty pimples.

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