It’s common knowledge that there’s always going to be an aspect of a job or a task that you don’t really like or enjoy. For me, that’s cleaning all of my dirty brushes after I do my makeup.
While I don’t particularly enjoy doing it, it’s important, and it should be a part of your regular beauty routine. Think about it – every time you use your brush – dirt, makeup, bacteria, and other debris gets trapped between the bristles. And the longer you leave it, the longer it festers. And you will keep re-using those yucky brushes on your face. Yep, you’ve just re-applied week-old foundation to your face, with some dead skin cells and bacteria. Hello breakouts! And did I mention that you’re probably ruining your favourite (albeit expensive) brush by leaving gunk in it? There goes your hard-earned $$$.
Hopefully you get the picture now. Not cleaning your brushes regularly = bad juju. But don’t fret – cleaning them is quick and easy.
- Your dirty brushes
- Baby shampoo (I use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo)
- Your sink
- Towel or cloth
1. Give your brush a quick rinse under the tap with warm water. Cold water won’t do much, and boiling hot water will wreck the bristles. When rinsing, avoid the part of the brush where the bristles meet the handle – this can dissolve the glue over time.
2. Squirt a small amount of baby shampoo onto your hand, and swirl the brush around. Use your fingers to massage the bristles for any pesky gunk bits that won’t budge.
3. Rinse again under the tap, and repeat steps two and three until the water runs clear from the brush.
4. Use a towel or cloth to gently squeeze out any excess water, while reshaping the bristles.
5. Lay your brushes flat on a towel, preferably over the edge of a counter. This way, any water still sitting in the brush will drip out over the edge. This also ensures that your brush can naturally air-dry all the way around.
It’s worth mentioning that it takes a good couple of hours for the brushes to dry, so it’s best to clean after you’ve applied your makeup for the day.
And there you have it – nice and clean makeup brushes! There are shampoos out there that are specifically formulated for cleaning brushes, but I find that baby shampoo does the trick. Plus, it’s cheaper than the brush shampoos out there.
Are your brushes in need of a good cleaning?