We’ve all been there, hearing about how often you should clean your brushes, how often everyone else is doing it, how long is too long to wait, and how often is over-washing. It’s a difficult game, that’s for sure.
But I am here today to take you through my makeup brush cleaning routine. It might be right for you, or you might prefer to do things differently, this post is just to show you how I do it and give you some tips and tricks!Frequency | I know it sounds like a lot of unnecessary work, but I wash each of my eyeshadow brushes after every/every second use, and my other face brushes after every 3-4 uses. I know this seems too often to be washing them for some people, but I firmly believe that if you leave your brushes any longer, bacteria can spread and you’ll just be spreading it onto your face. Bacteria that can cause breakouts and just generally badly affect your skin. I personally like to wash my eyeshadow/blending brushes after every use so that with each use I’m getting a true representation of the eyeshadow colour I’m applying, and not a mix of that one with one I used for a previous look.
Tools | For washing my brushes, I don’t buy a fancy or expensive specific brush cleaner, I actually use Imperial Leather Moisturising Face & Hand Wash. I know this seems unconventional, but I know it’s killing the bacteria on my brushes, while not being abrasive and drying them out. Plus I know that this product works well with my skin, so my skin won’t react badly when I use the brushes after washing them.
Technique | The technique that works best for me and my brushes, is to swirl the brush in warm water with a few drops of the Imperial Leather wash in it. (I also like to wash brushes with lighter shades on them first, and darker shades last, as it darkens the water!) I will then swipe the brush on a dry towel and turn it upside down, so the brush is facing towards the floor, and rub the handle between my hands, doing this before leaving your brushes to dry fans out the bristles, and ensures that they fully dry all of the way through, and remain soft when they are dry. Then I place them on the towel and leave them to completely air-dry.
And that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed this post, and you’ve taken some tips to use for yourself the next time you wash your brushes. If you’ve got any additional tips please feel free to drop them in the comments below, as I’m always looking for ways to better my entire makeup routine!