Cleaning your make-up brushes is one of the most disgusting and boring chores of your life, but it has to be done. Unless, of course, you want 3 months’ worth of bacteria being spread all over your face every day (and yeah, it the most likely reason for your breakouts too). Think about it: every time you apply your foundation, your brush picks up bacteria from your face and stays in the brush; the next time you use it, not only do you pick up more bacteria, but the bacteria left festering previously is now all back on your face. It’s a never-ending cycle. This is why it is so important to clean your brushes! Here’s how I get mine squeaky clean and looking as good as new:
- Lay out all of your brushes (yes, even the ones you barely use – being lay with the rest of your brushes will get them dirty)
- Set out a flannel/hand towel (depending on how big your brush collection is) so that you can place your brushes on it when they’re clean; it saves a hell of a mess.
- Dampen the brushes with warm water
- Choose your deep clean weapon. I use the Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel, it’s £8 from Boots. I have around 15 brushes that get cleaned monthly with the product and I’d estimate that it will clean all 15 brushes around 15-20 times, so even if you wanted to deep cleanse your brushes fortnightly, it’d last a good 7-10 months!
- Squeeze a small amount of product onto the brushes and work it in with your thumb, the product will lather and you’ll be able to see the makeup coming out of your brush. This is particularly gross with foundation brushes because it all cakes up and gets all over your fingers, so more product may be needed for base brushes. You’ll probably have forgotten what colour the bristles of your brush were too, but keep working!
- Keep rinsing the makeup away with warm water and adding more cleansing gel if required
- Squeeze the remains of makeup and gel out of your brushes
- I tend to get an exfoliating glove and gently circle the brush on it to make sure there’s no makeup left in it
- Reshape your brushes whilst they’re still damp
- Leave them to dry on the towel and in 6-8 hours they’ll be ready for action once again, and you’ll be gobsmacked at how much nicer your makeup goes on the day after a clean!
I love being able to see the difference in my brushes before and after a clean – it gives me confidence knowing that I can apply my makeup not only more hygienically, but more flawlessly! The proof is in the pudding though, go and wash your brushes and see the results for yourself!