Washing Makeup Brushes Routine

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I didn't realise until recently, how many other people actually loathe washing their makeup brushes! 

It is definitely a love/hate thing for me when it comes to this tedious, but very necessary task. So, I thought I'd share my routine on how I wash my brushes, and what works best for me.

Firstly, the question is how often do we need to wash our makeup brushes/sponges? Well this all depends on the amount of usage of our tools. With heavy use I would suggest washing them every week. This is because bacteria builds up quickly, so regular washing will keep the germs at bay.

With light to medium use, I would suggest every other week. The most important thing to do is to keep an eye on your brushes; if they start to look loaded with product or grubby, give them a clean!

Let's get to the cleaning:

1.  I clear through my make up bags and brush holders and pile up the brushes I need to wash. I don't use my Beautyblenders as much as the brushes, so I wash them less often, however don't forget sponges need a good clean too!

2.  Next you need a good makeup brush shampoo/soap. One that will leave the bristles clean and soft. There are many great ones on the market but I use the Blendercleanser Solid by Beautyblender. This for me is the quickest and easiest way to clean my makeup brushes. The Blendercleanser Solid is essentially a bar of soap, which sits on a dish and comes in a little pot. I remove the soap and dish from the pot, and place it on the side of my basin. I find if I set everything out, it makes the process a lot smoother and quicker to get through - the sooner it's over the better!

3.  The next step is to dip the brush into water to moisten the bristles. The key here is to not submerge the brush. Only ever wet the bristles half way. This is to avoid water getting to the base of the bristles. If this happens, water can weaken the glue that holds them together and cause them to fall out - we don't want that happening.

4.  Swirl the brush onto the Blendercleanser Solid a few times, enough to gather some of the soap onto the brush.

5.  I then swirl the brush around in the palm of my hand, until it lathers up. Add a little water if necessary, and then rinse. Repeat this step until the brush is clean of any product, and the water is clear when rinsing.

6.  This step is probably the most important part of washing the brushes for me. Here I lay the brush flat onto a clean sheet of paper towel, and then roll it up quite tightly. I leave this here for a few seconds and press gently on the bristles. This not only removes any excess water which helps the brush dry faster, but also re-shapes the bristles so they don't fray as they dry.

7.  Unroll the brush from the paper towel and leave to dry flat. Ensure the bristles are not resting flat, but hanging over an edge.

8.  I go through steps 1-7 for each brush, until all brushes have been cleaned one by one and are laying out to dry. I usually clean my brushes in the morning so they have a good 24 hours to dry.

Finally, enjoy your clean fluffy brushes ready for their next use!

How do you approach cleaning your brushes? Have you got any tips to make cleaning them a little more bearable? I'd love to know!

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  1. Great post, although I love the feeling of a clean, fresh brush I absolutely loathe the process of getting them clean!! Xx

    1. Thank you! I know right?! Totally dread doing this, but it's all worth it in the end! xx





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