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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Hey Ladies! Now I don't know if its just me but cleaning my make-up brushes seems to be such a chore?  I'm so lazy when it comes to cleaning them because I always find it such a mission. Seeing as I use them every day, I have to wash them in the evenings to allow them to dry in time before the morning use of them. But it's an important thing that all us beauty girlies must do.
It's crazy when you look at your brushes and see how dirty they really are. Every time you apply foundation to your face, you are picking up bacteria from your skin, and it's then left to fester in the brush after use. The next time you go to use the brush, the same thing happens, except the bacteria that has festered from the time before, is now also on your skin. Just think about the amount of bacteria you are putting on your face, gross. Anyway, moving on from that lovely thought, I thought I would share with you the 2 different ways I wash them.
My mum bought me the MAC brush cleanser 2 Christmases ago (I still have lots left) and I have to say I really like it and it does the job well.
The MAC brush cleanser is perfect for giving your brushes a quick clean aka spot cleaning. It comes packaged in the regular black MAC box. It is a pinky coloured liquid in a transparent bottle with a flip top opening. I poured some of the cleanser into a little spray bottle as I find it's less messy and you can use the right amount of product without any wastage.
I spray 3-4 sprays onto my brushes (depending on how dirty they are) and gently swirl the brush on a flannel (you can use tissues/kitchen roll or material). You can instantly see the dirt coming off the brush. When you feel like your brushes are nice and clean, leave them on a slight slant to dry. This is so any liquid doesn't drip into the brush handle which is normally made out of wood. The cleanser dries quickly and disinfects the bristles making them bacteria free for you to use! I have noticed that when the brush is very dirty, the cleanser doesn't make the brush squeaky clean but this is when I would deep clean the brush with baby shampoo.
When I deep clean my brushes, I use just a normal baby shampoo from Boots. I wet my brushes and apply a little bit of shampoo into the palm of my hand. I then gently swirl the brush around until it forms a nice lather. When you rinse the brush, you can see all of the makeup oozing out, it's actually quite a satisfying feeling seeing it all go down the drain. I do find that you have to do this technique a couple of times to get them squeaky clean. I can really notice the difference when I wash my duo fibre brushes, as the tips go from a brownish colour to their original white.
Again, after you have finished washing them, make sure you leave them on a slight slant so they can dry properly. Always leave them to dry naturally so it doesn't damage the bristles. 
I didn't before, but now I try to deep clean my brushes with baby shampoo, every week and have noticed a big difference in the way my makeup applies and how my skin hasn't had as many breakouts.

I hope you found this blog post helpful! How many of you are now going to run and wash your brushes?
What method do you use?

Emily x


  1. Thank you for reminding me! I really should wash my brushes every time I use them but it's so easy to forget!

  2. I hate cleaning my brushes soooo much, but I'm going to make a mental note to do it more often! xo

    Hannah xo | Glitter and Sparkle

  3. OOO I think I'm definitely going to invest in MAC for a spot-cleaner. Also, try a conditioning baby shampoo, which is roughly the same price. It makes your brushes even softer!


  4. Perfect, must do this. I can imagine it's really satisfying actually. xx


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