I must say, cleaning my makeup brushes is probably (definitely) long overdue.
On average, you should clean all of your brushes once a month, some more often than others like foundation brushes. There are a number of reasons for this – think of it this way…
Your brushes sit in their stand collecting dust, building up makeup and generally getting germed up. Just think about how much bacteria is on them.
You apply the products to your face and the brushes pick up bacteria, which then sits on the brush, multiplies and then you use the same brush the next day, simultaneously wiping more bacteria on your face and picking more up. It’s enough to make your skin crawl and you wonder why you have spots?
Here are a few reasons as to why you should clean your brushes often:
Acne Prevention – washing them frequently will prevent bacteria build up and in turn, help prevent acne.
Maintain brushes – it will keep them fluffier for longer!
Better application – your pigments won’t be muddled up and everything will apply a lot smoother.
I use the Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel to clean my brushes. It’s a really thick consistency that goes a long way when cleansing my brushes.
I always start with my dense brushes first, as they take the longest to dry, so my buffing brush, contour brushes, highlight brushes etc, then move onto my smaller brushes like eye shadow brushes.
I squeeze some of the Cleansing Gel onto the brush and work it into the brush with my fingers. The amount of product that can come out of them is a bit minging. It’s very easy to forget what colour your brushes are supposed to be until you wash them.
Try to angle the brush downwards with the bristles facing into the sink, because this prevents the water breaking the glue down ensuring that your brushes last longer. Using warm water, I wash the cleanser out of the brush.
If it’s a cakey product brush, such as foundation or concealer, it will need a bit more work, so I will pop a spot of Cleansing Gel in the palm of my hand and swirl the brush in a circular motion to remove the product.
After each brush is clean I will squeeze as much water out as possible, without pulling too much at the glue, then dab it on a towel and attach it to the towel rail using a bobble. This means that they can dry properly with any excess water dripping onto the towel, with heat from the radiator behind the towel speeding up the drying process.
For sponges, I rub Cleansing Gel over the sponge, run it under the tap and repeatedly squeeze the product out, letting it fill back up with water and squeezing it again. Eventually they sponge will look as good as new. To dry, sit it in something – I find that a tea light holder, or similarly, an egg cup works.