This is a little ‘how to’ on washing your make-up brushes; because it’s something, and I think I can speak for most people when I say this, we don’t do enough!
Most people use make-up brushes everyday, but this means that make-up, oil, dirt, and bacteria get trapped in the bristles. If you don’t wash your brushes regularly, think about how grim those bristles must be! Not only that, all this muck and grime can lead to blocked pores and breakouts.
There’s a range of advice out there about how often you should wash your brushes, but I think Bobbi Brown’s advice is the best:
- Once a week: foundation and concealer brushes (to prevent build-up of product, and because you use these brushes all over your face – the cleaner the better!)
- Every two weeks: any brushes used around the eyes (your eyes are sensitive and valuable organs, you don’t want dirt near them either)
- Once a month: any others
Step One: Run brushes under lukewarm water, rinsing out all of the residue. Try not to get the base of the bristles wet, as this can loosen the glue and reduce the life of your brushes. Also, wash your brushes one at a time. Its more time consuming (I know, I’m lazy too!) but its much better for the brushes.
Step Two: Squirt a small amount of shampoo into your hand – use the stuff at the back of your bathroom cupboard that you’ll never use on your hair (I used Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo by OGX). Swirl the bristles gently around in the palm of your hand, lathering up the shampoo.
Personally, I wouldn’t bother with special brush shampoo because normal shampoo works just as well. Also, avoid soap and detergent because these can be harsh on bristles; and can cause the glue at the base to disintegrate and the bristles will start to shed.
Step Three: Rinse the bristles again, until the water runs clear. Repeat steps two and three if needed.
Step Four: Shake the brush, and then squeeze in a towel to remove any excess water. Be very careful not to pull at the bristles with the towel!
Step Five: Reshape the brush heads and leave to dry with the bristles hanging off an edge – this lets the bristles dry back to their perfect shape. Don’t leave your brushes to dry in a towel, it can make the bristles mildewed.
Step Six: Check your brushes before you use them, to make sure they’re dry. Don’t use damp brushes, leave them to dry completely, and definitely don’t use a hair dryer on them!
Also, when your bristles start of fray, shed or the brush loses its shape: its sadly time for that brush to retire. Your tools are just as important to your look as the actual products you use; so make sure your brushes are the best quality you can get, keep them clean and look after them.
So that’s how to wash your brushes properly! Remember to do this regularly, and your brushes and skin will thank you.
Panda Eyes xx