Cleaning your make up brushes, and even your sponges can be an annoying and time-consuming chore. But it’s important to clean them in order to remove any built-up bacteria, germs, dirt, oil and any excess products left on such as your foundation. Without doing this, it can cause breakouts and blemishes on your skin and can make it harder for your skin to recover. So, think honestly when did you last clean your brushes?
Cleaning Your Brushes Step-By-Step:
There are many ways to clean your brushes. The easiest and cheapest way to clean them is by using soap and hot water.
Get each individual brush and soak it under a running tap of hot water. Doing this will get rid of any excess product and should speed up the process. After this, fill up a bowl of hot water ready for a deep clean of your brushes.
Use some soap or shampoo and rub it onto your brush, making sure that it lathers up properly. Once, it is fully lathered dip it into the bowl of water you prepared earlier. Run your fingers through the bristles of the brush and try and get as much dirt off as possible. Using a swirling motion on the palm of your hand always works well.
Rinse your brush under running hot water and then run your fingers from the bottom to the top of the brush and rinse out as much water as possible. Keep repeating this process until your brushes are clean and have no residue product left on them. Continue to lather with soap or shampoo and then rinse in your bowl, and in a running tap.
Once they are fully rinsed and clean, use a clean cloth to wipe the brush dry, you can reshape the bristles as you go. Leave them to dry flat and preferably by something hot like a radiator. This will make them dry properly and will prevent them from smelling.
Cleaning Your Brushes With A Cleanser
If you’re in a hurry or prefer a real deep clean of your brushes and sponges then you can use things such as gel cleansers or brush cleaning pads. A brush pad allows you to quick rub your brush against its multi-textured surfaces to get the residue and impurities off your brush. The gel and cleanser will add to this and decrease the amount of product left on your brush as well as making sure that it is fully cleansed and hygienic. You can repeat the same process as above but just swap out the step of soap or shampoo and instead add your cleanser. Also, you can swap out the step of using your fingers and palm of your hand to clean your brushes as you can use your brush pad if you have one. You can use anti-bacterial sprays, make up wipes, baby oil or cleansers to get that real deep cleanse.
How Often Do I Need To Wash My Brushes?
There is no set time for when you should wash your makeup brushes, but to avoid breakouts the recommended time is to wash them at least once a week. If you suffer from breakouts though, it would be beneficial to wash your brushes and sponges after every use. It will take a few hours for them to dry, so pre-plan when you will wash them so there’s enough time for them to dry before your next use.
Out With The Old And In With The New
Your brushes will eventually start wearing out and they will need to be replaced. Check that there are no holes or shedding from your sponges and make sure that there is also a vast amount of bristles still left in your brush. If there isn’t, then it may be time to invest in some new brushes.