Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Fed up of skanky makeup brushes that won’t pick up product effectively and end up smearing it all over your face in a less than attractive manner? Me too. It doesn’t take long for a makeup brush to get clogged up, especially if you are using it every day or if you use heavy-wear and long-lasting makeup products.


Why clean your makeup brushes?

Firstly, if you don’t clean your makeup brushes they get built up with product. This makes them much less effective as they won’t pick up and drop off product as they should. If your brushes aren’t working effectively then you will end up using more product to get the desired coverage. Also, it looks pretty grim too.

Your makeup brushes will last longer if you clean them. Build-up of product on your brushes can weaken the fibres and cause them to break more easily. If you keep your brushes clean thy will last a whole lot longer and you won’t be back in the shops spending an arm and a leg on a new contouring brush.

Cleaning your makeup brushes will reduce the number of bacteria on them. The bacteria which hang around on your makeup brushes can cause nasty breakouts and spots. If you have noticed you are suffering a bit more than you usually are, it might be time to give your brushes a good clean. 


How to clean your makeup brushes

The best way I have found to clean your makeup brushes is a simple one – it’s exactly how you would clean your hair. It might sound a bit mad to be shampooing and conditioning a brush, but trust me on this one. If you think about it, the fibres on your makeup brushes are just like your hair, so shampooing and conditioning them isn’t such a mad idea.

I get a bowl of warm water and squeeze a dollop of shampoo in there. I place the brushes in there, swish them around, and then leave them in the water for about 20 minutes.

When you come back you should see the water has turned a horrible colour! Rinse out the shampoo and repeat this process with the conditioner, making sure you mix the conditioner well with the water. Leave them to soak for about 5 minutes.  
Rinse out the brushes really well – if you don’t the fibres will stick together. Leave them to dry overnight on a tea towel, and they will be ready to use in the morning!