Monday, 23 August 2010

Top Tip Tuesday

How do you clean yours?

Make up brushes have long been my secret vice. I am obsessed by buying them, hoarding them and being bad at not cleaning them! No matter what the quality of them, they need to be washed regularly as they easily pick up dust, grime and loads of bacteria- yuck. Recently I have been getting more and more spots and tried lots of stuff to get rid of them. Then I realised I might actually be adding to them by myself. Spreading germs all over my face through all my favourite brushes.

I try to remember to do a quick spritz clean of them with my bottle of Inglot cleaner but I am trying to get into the habit of once a week do a good deep clean of the ones I use every day. So here are my tips on good brush etiquette.

For a light clean.

Recommended to do every day or at least every other day.

Try out a spray such as the Mac Brush Cleanser and swirl on a cloth to get off the product. If you dont have a spray just swirl the hairs on a damp cloth, or a piece of kitchen roll with Olive oil on it,or even a gentle facial cleanser you already have in the bathroom will keep them fresh and soft and break down the make up and leave it clean to use it again.

Deep Clean.

Carefully place just the head of the brushes under warm water, be sure to just have the water hitting the bristles and keep where the handle of the brush and the bristles meet dry. You do not want water getting in to the crimp of the handle and loosen the glue that holds it all together or make the metal part start to rust

Take a pea size amount of baby shampoo ( I use good old cheap and cheerful Johnsons) on your fingers and swirl the bristles through it, this makes sure the shampoo hits into the centre of the brush where lots of old make up sits. Place the head back under water and you will see all the old make up trapped in the hairs running into the sink. If you haven't done it for a while it could be quite the colour explosion! Run the water and gently swirl the brush on your fingers until the water runs clear.

Air dry the brushes over night and if possible dry them with the hairs facing in a down ward direction so that water does not run up into the crimp. Before leaving to dry make sure you have the hairs back in the right shape so they will dry normally.

Done. Clean, hygienic brushes for giving smooth even skin.

How often do you clean your brushes?



  1. I use the MAC to spot clean and Johnsons Baby Shampoo to deep clean too :)


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