I can’t stress how important it is to deep clean your makeup brushes at least once a week, some people find this an absolute chore and some people just forget but for me it’s a necessity and I look forward to ‘brush cleaning day’ I find it incredible therapeutic – feel free to judge me!
Last Sunday I uploaded a photo on Instagram to say I was cleaning my brushes and a lovely follower commented asking if I had a blog post on my cleaning routine. So today I thought I would share my process, to be honest it’s a post I’ve been meaning to write for a while but just never go around to it, so hope you enjoy it and find it useful.
When you use your makeup brushes on a regular basis they will begin to retain product build up this is especially the case for foundation brushes. If you’ve ever picked up a brush which you’ve previously been using for the last couple of days or week you’ll find it starts to streak and you no longer get the flawless finish, this is purely because the brush needs a deep clean.
There are a lot of brands which have created cleaning products especially for your makeup brushes in my opinion there really is no need to splash out on them all you need is a little olive oil in a ramekin and some good old original Johnson’s Baby Shampoo.
Important Tip: When rinsing your brush under the tap make sure it is always pointing down this will prevent the water from entering the ferrule.
Step One: Olive oil is the perfect household ingredient to melt away product build up; I take a little in a ramekin and literally dip the surface of my brush into it. I then swirl it around on the palm of my hand to loosen the build up I then rinse it under warm water.
Step Two: I then take a dollop of Baby Shampoo and again perform the swirling action and rinse it under the tap. You may need to repeat this process especially on foundation brushes; you want to get to a point where there is no longer any product or soap suds coming out of the brush. I then gently squeeze the brushes to release any excess water and reshape them (if needed).
Step Three: Take an antibacterial wipe and clean the brush handles to ensure complete cleanliness of your brushes
Step Three: Finally place the washed brushes onto a flat surface ensuring the brush ends are hanging off the edge and not laying flat on the surface, this will maintain the shape of your brush and also drain out any water that may be trapped in the ferrule.
Important Tip: The brushes will take at least 24 hours to dry so pick a day that suits you best and in case they’re not dry have back up brushes or just embrace your natural beauty.
And there you have it a simple process which will get your brushes squeaky clean; I hope you found this post useful. I usually wash my brushes on Sunday (morning) to ensure that on Monday morning they are completely dry and ready for another week of application. There is nothing better than applying your makeup with freshly clean brushes; your makeup is guaranteed to look flawless.
How often do you clean your makeup brushes (be honest)?