Be honest, when was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes ? When I told Laura I was thinking about writing this, she confessed to me – “I don’t think I’ve ever even done that – I usually just throw them away……”
Does that sound like you ? You can’t be as bad as Laura surely ? (She even buys cheap brushes to make herself feel a little less bad when she throw them away) But Laura aside, did you know how important it is to clean your makeup brushes regularly ? Besides being a basic hygiene routine, leftover makeup in brushes particularly foundation, can be a cause of skin irritation leading to redness, stop you getting a matt smooth finish to your look and change the colour of what you’re applying.
Also, when you pay for quality in your tools, you want to look after them so they last, particularly those made from natural materials like fitch or squirrel (yes you read that right !!!) so a regular cleaning regime not only protects your investment but helps to prevent them shedding bristles when you use them and keeps them soft and supple for the next application ensuring your makeup always looks flawless.
So why don’t we clean them more often ? Well, the most common reason my friends gave me was that “they didn’t have time”. This was closely followed by “I find they lose shape if I clean them” and “they shed their bristles quickly if I clean them too often”. All valid reasons, but if you follow my top tips below – you’ll find that it won’t take too long and you’ll keep your brushes in tip top shape !!!
- After you’ve used them, spend a couple of minutes just wiping off any excess from the brush. I personally use a tissue to do this, but one lady I spoke to suggested using a microfiber towel to do it as she felt it was more environmentally friendly. Sounds like a good idea to me !!! Remember natural hair brushes aren’t so porous as synthetic ones, so should release pigment a little easier, so you won’t need to work them too hard.
- Next, like the photo shows, mist your brushes with a no rinse spray cleaner. I personally use BeautySoClean Conditioning Brush Spray but there are a number of others out there. Having just started as a makeup artist I can’t speak highly enough of this product, its an alcohol based cleaner which sanitizes the brush whose emollients keep the hairs soft between uses.
- If you use natural brushes, deep clean them every 1-2 months with a gentle brush “shampoo”. A friend of mine uses Clean Apothecary Brush Shampoo which removes dirt, oil, makeup and bacteria—all without stripping your brushes !!! I’ve included her tips for using below !
- Gently moisten the bristles under lukewarm running water, making sure you angle the brush downwards to ensure the metal ferrule of the brush doesn’t get wet. (Water in the brush’s ferrule can lead to the glue holding the handle and the bristles together breaking down – Yuk !!!)
- Give your brush a gentle “swoosh” across the your Brush Shampoo block to create a delicate lather. Easy !!!
- Next, using the palm of your hand, ease the brush in gentle circles to create a foam, after a few short moments , you’ll begin to see makeup pigment release. (Apparently, this is really relaxing too !!!)
- After you see all the pigment release, rinse your brush just like you did in the first step, using your fingers to gently move the hair around to ensure that all makeup and soap has been removed.
- Once you’re done, squeeze out any excess water and place your brush in a Brush Guard. If you’re on the move as often as I am, these guards are an absolute godsend for keeping your brushes in great condition – literally a must have !!!! These breathable mesh sleeves help to maintain your brush’s shape and keep bristles in like-new condition.
- Lastly, allow your brushes to dry upside down overnight so that water doesn’t leak into the ferrule and loosen the bristles. The Benjabelle Brush Tree is absolutely perfect for this !!!!
Do you clean your brushes ? How do you do it, do you have a routine ? I’d love to hear !!!