Make up Brush Cleaning Time!

Cleaning make up brushes has been hated since my make up loving existence. My main problem with cleaning my brushes is that my fingers turn into prunes. Anyway, I am going to show you how I clean my make up brushes.

Cleaning your makeup brushes is SO important! Your brushes can last years if you treat them correctly, Ive had some of these brushes 5 years now and they are still as good as new.Its hard to believe how much bacteria collects up in your brushes, than that goes onto your face. Which than that of causes spots and unwanted bacteria on your face. So how often should you clean your make up brushes? I think once a week is ideal. You will need a gentle cleanser and you can also get a professional brush spray to use daily if you’d like to use in between your deep clean, this will ensure you’re getting rid of any bacteria gathered in your brushes.

Heres a step by step guide to making your brushes looking as good as new. You can buy make up brush cleaner i.e Mac Brush Cleaner but if you dont want to break the bank than all you need is baby shampoo.

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Cleaning Makeup Brushes

  • I use the brushegg (which I previously done a blog post about) but you could use a sponge instead.
  • Wet your brush making sure you wet the brush completely, Its important to hold the ferrule (the metal part) to ensure you don’t get that part wet. That’s where all the hairs are glued on to hold them in place
  • Squeeze a small amount of baby shampoo or anti-bacterial soap onto the brushegg and swirl your brush on the brushegg in circular motions working up a good lather until its clean. (you’ll immediately see the make up come off)
  • Next rinse your brush with lukewarm water – make sure you rinse all the shampoo or soap out of the brush hairs.
  • Squeeze out the excess water from your brush hairs and lay them flat on a clean towel or tissue to dry. I try to angel them facing down off the edge of a flat surface, again making sure no water is getting to where they’re glued.
  • Reshape the bristles by using a old comb, this is a great tip for your brushes as it makes sure all the bristles are untangled
  • Try to do this at night , that way they’ll be dry and ready to go for the next morning.  My brushes feel much softer and are much cleaner after I clean them after I started using the Brushegg

Cleaning Makeup Sponge (Beauty Blender)

  • Firstly dampen the beauty blender with warm water and add some baby shampoo.
  • Squeeze the beauty blender until it begins to lather.
  • Than rub the beauty blender along your knuckles like a washboard. Rinse and repeat till it is clean.
  • Squeeze all the excess water out and let to air dry.

Cleaning Makeup Brushes Between Times

When I heard that Penneys were selling a makeup brush cleanser for only €2.50 I knew I had to give it a go.On the back of the bottle it says to spray the cleanser onto your makeup brush and then wipe the brush on some cotton pads but I found it worked better when I sprayed the cleanser onto the cotton pad and then wiped the brush on it. The cleanser itself smells nice in my opinion and smells really clean. The spray is only a cleanser so you would still need to give all your makeup brushes a deep clean every so often and only use this cleanser in between washes. I thought my smaller brushes dried super quick after I had cleaned them and my bigger brushes did take a bit longer but I think it’s an extremely handy thing to have in your makeup bag if you did need to clean a brush in a hurry and can’t be waiting for it to dry. Great for when doing eyeshadow and need to reuse the same brush and to be used to clean off previous shadow on that brush.

Do you have any tips on cleaning your makeup brushes or do any of the steps differently let me know 🙂 Or any questions feel free to ask?!

Thanks for reading,

Lyanne x

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