Truth be told, I’m very lazy when it comes to washing my makeup brushes. If I were to do someone else’s makeup then of course I’d clean them after every different person but for my personal brushes, I’ve become quite slack. It’s actually quite an easy process to wash makeup brushes and here are a few of my top tips:
1. Buy some baby shampoo. It may sound weird as you’d think it would be too gentle to clean something as stubborn as makeup, but it works wonders. I’ve even used baby shampoo to wash pink hair dye stains off of my sink. You can pick some up in supermarkets or drugstores very cheaply. I use the Johnson’s baby shampoo which I think was about a pound or two for a 300ml bottle. I have the M.A.C brush cleaner but I find baby shampoo with warm water works a lot better.
2. If you’re stuck for time, take your brushes into the shower with you and just wash them in there as it kills two birds with one stone. The trick is to lather up the brushes with the shampoo in a similar fashion to if you were washing your hair. Work the shampoo into the brushes whilst rinsing it under the shower. You’ll see them getting cleaner and the water beginning to run clear.
3. Make sure once they have been cleaned, that you shake the brushes to get rid of excess water, and make sure the brush is smooth/how it was before. Many a time I’ve just left my brush on the side after washing it and it ends up looking like it has a crazy hairstyle going on with brush hairs going mental. If you have an airing cupboard, place them on a towel and leave them in there as the hot air will help to dry them quicker. If you’re really in a rush, carefully use a hair dryer on them though be careful of the brush head drying lopsided.
4. DON’T PUT THEM AWAY DAMP. Throughout college, I’d quickly wash my brushes and put them back in my kit bag. If they are left there damp, not only are they going to dry a funny shape but they’re going to SMELL. Trust me from experience, there’s not much worse than using a smelly brush on yours or someone else’s face.
I hope this has been useful and easy to understand. Keeping your makeup brushes clean is easy though if you’re like me, you’ll wait ages before getting round to cleaning them out of pure laziness. I’m going to try my hardest though to keep on top of it this year!
Do you have any tips on how you keep your brushes clean?
Peace and love…