How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes Thoroughly

Cleaning makeup brushes! Oh the joys of cleaning my ever lasting supply each Sunday afternoon. One of those endless tasks that must be endured. The importance of cleaning my brushes is critical to my skin’s condition. I have very very sensitive skin especially on my neck and face this is due to my dry skin condition Eczema. When using makeup brushes, each time a brush touches your face the bristles picks up bacteria, oil and dirt and then when you use it next the bacteria would have multiplied and is then going straight back onto your face, this turns into a nasty cycle of aggravating your skin. Therefore if you don’t regularly wash you brushes it is likely you will break out in spots. When I have been too lazy on the Sunday to wash my brushes I have certainly regretted this the week after due to my skins poor condition. On the market at the moment there are sprays which both sanitise your makeup (pressed powders, eyeshadows e.t.c) and your brushes after each use. I have tried a few of these and I have not had good experiences with them due to their oily build up on the products and brush bristles after they’ve dried. Next week I will be trialling some popular ones on the market and reviewing my progress with them so look out for that if your interested. Now onto my step by step routine on how I thoroughly clean my makeup brushes.

What you will need to clean your makeup brushes:

Brush Cleansing Palette: Real Techniques @ Boots 

Makeup Brush Cleanser: MAC

Beauty Cream Wash: Dove @ Boots

Makeup Brush Cleaning Method

Step One:

Rinse brushes under luke warm water to shed any residue on the brush bristles. Ensure that only the bristles are rinsed under the water, otherwise the glue inside the handle holding the bristles in place will fall out and shed, shortening the lifespan of your brushes.

Step Two:

Take your makeup brush cleansing palette- mine is roughly the size of my hand with 3 different textures for different sized brushes. My palette is made by the brand Real Techniques, I really like this one as it is easily portable and has a handy strap making it easy to hold for my little hands!

Take the palette and add a splash of Mac brush cleanser onto the middle of the palette. This cleanser is vital as it helps to loosen and shift any deep rooted dirt and product- it is a valuable addition to any makeup lovers beauty kit.

Step Three:

Start by swirling the brush on the associated texture- for example the bigger the brush the bigger the texture needed to get to the root of the bristles and remove the dirt and oil lodged in the bristles. Swirl the brush through each texture back and forth, rinsing the palette and bristles with a little water as you go.

Step Four:

    Pump a coin sized amount of the Dove beauty cream wash onto the associated texture again. This beauty cream wash lathers very easily so you don’t need much of it, which is great for the bank balance. The cream is also anti-bacterial ensuring your brushes are free of any nastiness and it also makes the brushes feel exceptionally soft- added bonus.

Step Five:

    This step is similar too step two but because the dove beauty cream lathers easily you don’t need to push down as hard when swirling the brush on the textures as it will become thoroughly saturated more easily. TIP: The palette will need to be rinsed more often than in step two to ensure any final product is removed from the brushes and is not being swirled back onto the bristles.

Step Six:

  Do a final thorough rinse of the makeup brush bristles, holding the bristles underneath a running luke warm tap squeezing the bristles from the roots to the head removing any final product residue until the water runs clear. Visually it is usually pretty clear whether the brushes are clean or not. Repeat steps five and six if necessary.

Step Seven:

  Finally squeeze any remaining water out of the clean brush and leave to dry on a piece of kitchen towel in a dry area. It is important that you leave them to dry flat to ensure that no water seeps into the brush handle loosening the brush bristles from the glue. Repeat with all remaining brushes (I promise after you get into a routine it goes a lot quicker, I just tell myself to put some music on and get on with it)

 TIP: Sometimes when the brushes are dry they can be a little misshapen, all you need to do is buff them a little on the palm of your hand and they will go back to their usual shape.

Thank you for reading my “How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes Thoroughly” post. I hope that it helps you on your journey to perfectly soft and fabulously clean makeup brushes. If you follow this formula or have any tips for me please do get in contact and let me know in the comments below.

Nicole K

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All products in this post have been bought with my own money. I try to keep my posts as fair and professional as I can if I do not like a product I will state that I didn't find it suitable for myself but that does not mean it's bad or won't work for you, after all blogging is a matter of opinion not fact. Photographs are Authors Own.

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