Spring Cleaning: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Hello Beauties! This week we’re going to be talking about all the various ways us gals can spruce up a little here and there in order to start the spring season off right! So lets commence the cleaning with some basic steps for caring for those sometimes messy makeup brushes! Keeping your brushes nice and clean is essential for applying a flawless face, maintaining a clear complexion and protecting those delicate utensils. Not caring for your tools can leave them coated with leftover makeup, oil and even bacteria which can not only cause major breakouts but essentially destroy them, yikes! However, with the right regime, it is possible to make the most of these investments! All the brushes pictured below are all my cherished Trish McEvoy brushes, that with proper care, I have owned for almost 8 years! So here are our step by step tips towards preserving beautiful bristles that leave nothing but clear complexions!
A Day-to-Day Clean!
After all their hard work, be sure to give your brushes some well deserved love! By spritzing a bottle of brush cleaner (our fave is Essence of Beauty) onto a paper towel and softly sweeping the bristles over the solution, you will remove that leftover foundation and blush. By purchasing a bottle of brush cleaner from your local CVS (Essence of Beauty is only $5.00!) and performing this daily process, you will eliminate a faster build up of past makeup, its leftover germs and provides a fresh tool for a fresh application!
A Monthly Cleanse
While that daily spritz of brush cleaner removes the remnants of your daily use, those tools still need an extra step of TLC! Once a month your brushes should be given a nice thorough cleanse to refresh and renew them back to tip top shape. So grab yourself any antibacterial hand soap, a brush shampoo or even a mild shampoo like Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo, and lets wash those troubles away!
Wet the bristles of your brush and then begin to gently massage them in a dollop of soap. Sweep the brush back and forth across your palm to break up the deep build up.
After a few minutes place the bristles under the running water and massage the soap out. You will quickly see the pigments of the excess makeup that were hidden deep within the brush that are now being washed out! Continue this motion until you don’t notice as much pigmentation rinsing out, then begin to gently wring the bristles to remove the excess soap.
After they are thoroughly cleansed, remove the brush from the running water and continue to gently wring the bristles dry.
Finally, lay your damp brushes flat out to dry (on a paper towel). Be sure never to place them upwards to dry, this can cause the excess water will drip down and loosen the glue connecting the ferrule (the metal part!) and hairs of the brush, ultimately causing them to weaken and fall apart!
And you’re all done, hooray! By remembering these simple rule, reshaping your brushes and treating them with gentle care, you’re sure to have tidy tools that are ready to put your best face forward for many springs to come!