Raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself asking…
- How often should I wash my makeup brushes?
- What should I wash them with?
- How should I dry them?
🙋 I definitely have!
We covered this topic in the first week of my MUA course with the Makeup Artist Studio and it was really interesting to hear all of the different methods which people use so I thought I’d throw a blog post together on this to get your thoughts and share tips ✊🏼
I’ve always been a bit of a clean freak when it comes to hygiene… I’m forever antibac’ing my hands and sanitising everything from my phone, my earphones, remote controls and laptop keyboards 🙈 I get a lot of odd looks from my family & friends, but I’m a clean freak and proud 😂💁 …So of course, I wash my makeup brushes regularly too!
I suppose there’s no real right or wrong answer to how often you should wash them, but ultimately it’s more hygienic to wash them often, right? I suppose it all depends on how much you want to look after your skin too. I’d never use my hands to put makeup on, without washing them first, so same rule applies for my brushes. If you’re using your brush for 7 days at a time before washing them, that’s 7 days worth of product build up on your brush, 7 days of dust particles and 7 days of any other dirt knocking around your makeup bag… not only is that unhygienic but your makeup won’t go on as smoothly because of the clumpy product build up and you’ll be much more prone to breakouts. For a couple of minutes a day, it’s well worth getting into the habit of washing your brushes after every use.
But now, thanks to various brush cleaners and nifty anti-bac sprays on the market, it’s super easy to keep your brushes hygienically clean with the spritz of an antibacterial spray in between every use and a deepclean wash once a week.
- Anti-backing spray for your makeup brushes can be found in most hughstreet beauty stores, It’s as simple as spraying your brush and wiping it on a paper towel to clean it off.
- When it comes to your weekly clean… I always used to use an antibacterial hand wash, Dove usually, as it smelt the nicest. However following on from completing my course with The Makeup Artist Studio, they recommended using Johnson’s Baby Shampoo, or Fairy Liquid to strip away the oily residue better… I’ve now converted to baby shampoo… and to no surprise, the bristles are baby soft 😉 you can pick up a 750ml bottle from your local supermarket for just a couple of pound *win* 🙌🏼👇🏼
- After I’ve finished applying my makeup, I run a sink of luke warm water, then one brush as a time I dip the bristles in to dampen them, then apply some baby shampoo to the palm of my hand and wash each brush individually. I always leave my foundation brush until last, as it’s always the dirtiest.
- Be careful not to push down too hard on the bristles as you’re washing them as not only will this also distort the shape, you’ll end up with bristles dropping out too.
- Another useful tip I learnt at my course is to make sure you wash the bristles in the same direction as they face. It you swirl a flat brush or an angled brush around in the palm of your hand then you will distort the shape of your brush, so wash the brush in the direction which the bristles point.
- If your brushes have a wooden handle, then try not to get the handle wet. If the wood absorbs too much water then bristles may start dropping out and the core of the brush may rot.
- Once you’ve finished washing them, just squeeze out any excess water and then reshape the bristles so that the brush drys in shape 🙌🏼
So what about drying?, I hear you ask…
- Personally, I use a brush tree🌲 (or two 🙈… I have a lot of brushes)
- You can pick a brush tree up for next to nothing online and it’s a great way to dry your brushes vertically (bristles facing down).
- Try not to dry your brushes with the brushes facing upwards, as not only will the excess water seep into wooden brush handles, but it will also dry into the base of your bristles.
- Alternatively, you can line your brushes up on a piece of kitchen towel and let them dry naturally. It can take a few hours/ overnight for them to dry naturally… depending on how high you’ve cranked your heating up 😂 If you’re in a rush to dry them, then you can blast them with a hairdryer, although I use the word *blast* lightly… again, be careful to blow them in the same direction as the bristles and stick to a low heat to protect the bristles (*WARNING* If you use too much heat it can heat the glue in the brush end and your makeup brushes will develop a bad case of hair loss!).
You can buy snazzy brush cleaners which wash and dry your brushes, personally I’m not a fan as I think it can distort the shape, but see what you think and let me know.
So whilst I’m here, I may as well share my Zoeva brushes with you 😬👇🏼
The set pictured above is the complete brush set and RRPs at £95.00.
Depending on what brushes you use day to day, you may not need to invest in the full set, you can check out the full brush set range here.
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