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Time to talk about something that no one actually enjoys doing washing your makeup brushes. I myself am shocking at this burdensome task, not the actual doing of it though, just the continuity of it, Im getting better at it though I promise!
I cant stress how important it is to do it though; washing your makeup brushes is the equivalent to washing your face. If you dont wash them, all that old makeup, dirt, sebum, dead skin (all that good stuff) will build up on your brushes and will become a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Imagine putting all that on your face on a daily basis, this causes major breakouts and will also shorten the life span of your brushes.
There are several ways to wash your brushes, some people use dishwashing liquid, others use facial cleansers, some people use baby shampoo, others use soap. Im just showing you the way which works for me.
Spot Cleaning is the quick way to wash your brushes for everyday use (or for when you want to put off properly cleaning them) I use this method on the brushes that I use often and brushes that touch my waterline constantly, spot cleaning is more commonly used for eyes, lip and cheek brushes. For example, if you need to use the same brush but switch colours, this is when I would spot clean.
I use MACs brush cleanser which costs a pricey £9.00 but 100% worth it in my opinion because it lasts a long time if you use it sparingly and the product is alcohol based which means the drying time is extremely fast. Not only does it clean, it disinfects as well as conditions the brush fibres so that the brushes last longer. You could also use Sephoras daily brush cleaner, which is just as good but hard to get hold of in the UK and there is also Elfs daily brush cleaner which is a much cheaper option as it only costs £3.75.
1 - Get some tissues or a towel ready and hold the brush you want to clean above it
2 - Pour a little cleanser on top of the bristles of the brush
3 - Work it back and forth (or swirl in circular motions if its dome-shaped) onto the tissue/towel until the majority of the pigment transfers on to it
4 - Re-shape it with your clean fingers
And voila! Your brush is ready to use again within a matter of seconds!
Now for the one which takes a lot more effort and time, this method should be done weekly if you apply makeup daily but Im pretty sure no one sticks to that rule.
I previously used baby shampoo for deep cleansing but Ive recently converted to using antibacterial dishwashing soap because it disinfects the bristles whereas baby shampoo doesnt. However, dishwashing soap will strip the hairs of its natural oils which can dry out the hair; this is where extra virgin olive oil comes in, which helps recondition the brushes as well as remove waxiness from the bristles which can be found from lip products and gel liner.
1 - Pour a reasonable amount of dishwashing soap onto a plate and add a little extra virgin olive oil
2 - Dip your brush into the mixture and swirl it around a couple of times,
3 - Then work it into the palm of your hand which will remove the pigment and kill the bacteria
4 - Leave this to rest on a paper towel
5 - Repeat with all your other brushes.
Now you want to rinse your brushes, makesure you use lukewarm water because hot water can damage them
6 - Work the brushes into the palm of your hand once again (or you could use a sponge)
7 - Squeeze out the water until it comes out clear, which is how you know your brush is thoroughly clean
Something you must remember to do after cleaning is never hold your brush so that the bristles are facing up, this is because the moisture will seep back down the ferrel which causes it to rust and the glue holding the hairs together will start to loosen up.
Last but not least, use your hand to re-shape them, then lay them out vertically onto a towel. A way to speed up the process of drying and to makesure all the moisture gets out, is to rest the handles of the brushes on a book so that the bristles are tilted downwards. If you have brush guards, use them to help preserve the shape.
They should be dry after leaving them overnight but synthetic brushes take longer to dry, as tempted as you might be, do not use a hairdryer because that will leave the bristles prickly rather than soft, and can again, damage the brush.
Also, dont forget to clean the handles of the brushes as they get dirty too after being held so many times, any facial wipe will do the job.
Right, I think I`ve just about covered everything, but if you have any questions, leave them below. Happy cleaning!