How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes without damaging them. 

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Why clean your makeup brushes? There are three big reasons for doing so:

The first is that dirty makeup brushes don’t perform as well. When your blush brush has so much powder on it that you don’t need to put any more on when you apply …well my friends, that’s no good. It can cause your makeup application to turn out looking very different than you expected: darker, more intense, or just plain muddy.

The second reason to wash your brushes is that dirty brushes can transfer bacteria from our skin to our makeup products and back again. Cleaning your brushes regularly will ensure that you not only get rid of excess product but also bacteria and oils that have been transferred to your brush. This can help prevent breakouts and other nasty skin complaints that are caused by germs.

The final reason is to care for your brushes. Cleaning them actually helps them to last longer. Brushes are a big investment, especially these days with many big brands brushes averaging £25 each, so we should be doing our best to protect them.

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Optimally, we should wash our brushes once a week; I think I speak for most of us when I say that usually doesn’t happen. As a Makeup Artist I was my brushes at the end of every working day however my personal brushed don’t get the care and attention that they deserve!  A realistic goal is to wash your brushes at least once a month. Below I have laid out the steps for washing your brushes in order to protect them and keep them lasting long. Today is the first of the month, so let’s try to make a goal together to wash our brushes on the first of every month.

Remember to love your brushes and they will love you back!

How to Clean Your Brushes

I like to use Sigma’s brush cleaning mitt and Jane Iredale’s Truly Pure Brush Shampoo.

  1. Use warm water to saturate the brush hairs only. Be sure not to soak your brush as this will ruin it.
  2. Place a pea-sized amount of Truly Pure Shampoo & Conditioner, or any mild shampoo, into the palm of your hand or mitt and massage the cleanser into the hair. Do this until the cleanser has been completely dispersed among the brush hairs.
  3. Turn your mitt over onto the rinse side and rinse the brush thoroughly until the water runs clear.
  4. Repeat as necessary.
  5. Create a ring with your index finger and thumb and pull the brush through the fingers while applying gentle pressure to remove excess water and maintain the brushes shape.
  6. Place on a towel and lay flat to dry. Never dry your brush in an upright position as this will loosen the glue that binds the brushes and lead to hair loss.

Cleaning Tip: Clean all of your natural fiber brushes first. These will have been used with powders. Next clean any of your brushes which you use with emollients such as foundation or concealer. If you clean your brushes in this order you don’t run the risk of having any leftover emollient products on your mitt and transferring it to your natural fiber brushes.

I hope this encourages you to look after your brushes by cleaning them and I’d love to see photos of your cleaned brushes, either in the comments below or on my Facebook page.

If you have any other useful tips that I can add to this post, please comment below or comment on this post on my Facebook page. All additions will be credited.

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Claire xx