Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I hope 2019 is all you hope for and I thought since January is usually a month for resolutions, that you could add cleaning your makeup brushes to that list!
As I am sure most of you are aware of, there are lots of different products on the market for cleaning brushes. I am by no means claiming that none of these are any good- I haven’t tried them and the system I use at the moment works for me so I can’t imagine I’ll change any time soon!
Depending on how often you clean your brushes will determine how quickly you get through this task. For some it will be a chore, especially if you have lots of brushes. However it is super important that you clean them regularly- aim for once a week and you will notice a huge difference in how you apply your makeup as well as possibly your skin might clear up a bit if you have acne. As you can imagine, brushes are filled with germs!
As a makeup artist, this is part of my daily routine most days. I also spot clean with surgical spirit in between all my clients which I’m sure some of you have seen me do! Hygiene is super important when my brushes touch so many different eyes and faces!
So every evening I deep clean my brushes (this will hopefully be weekly or fortnightly or even monthly for you). This is the routine that I follow:
I use fairy liquid- and a brush cleaner from Primark. The reason I use this little egg shaped cleaner is to try and save the tan on my hand as well as help stop my skin drying out as I do this so often. You can absolutely just use the palm of your hand!
Step one: Holding the brush downwards, rince it under warm water. Never hold the brush any other way but this as the bristles will start to come out as the glue is affected by the water.
Step two: Put some fairy liquid onto the brush cleaner or directly into the palm of your hand.
Step three: swirl the brush around the fairy liquid to begin with coating it. Then begin using circular motions to clean the brush.
Step four: Rince the brush under warm water thoroughly and use your other hand to squeeze out the water. Depending on how dirty your brush is, you may need to repeat the process a second time.
Step five: using a dry cloth, wipe the handle of the brush to ensure it is nice and clean.
Step six: check the brush to make sure it is squeeky clean and place down flat on the dry cloth.
I find it best to leave the brushes overnight to ensure that they are completely dry for the following morning. Be sure to lie the brushes flat and shape the bristles so that they stay in their correct shape.
That is how I do it and my brushes are always in tip top condition. I have never had a bit of bother using fairy liquid and I recommend it highly. It is cheap and cheeful and has antibacterial properties which mean I can be confident my brushes are clean.
Thank you so much for reading this blog post and I hope you all make it a resolution to get cleaning those brushes!