How to wash your make-up brushes

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Washing your make-up brushes is something we all know we should be doing but something I still struggle with. It’s just such a bore. Especially when you have a lot of brushes to wash. As a make-up student we had to wash our brushes every week and I hated it. Especially since we used a lot of heavy stage make-up which is a nightmare to get off your brushes. I’ll admit to using dish washing liquid too many times to get the greasy make-up off. Yes, it was effective but it’s not the greatest thing for delicate make-up brushes.

How to clean your make-up brushes

However, I still struggle washing my foundation, concealer and lipstick brushes with simple baby shampoo. I just don’t feel like the shampoo cleans them properly. So what I’ve started doing is to use my make-up remover (The Body Shop’s Oil cleanser) to get the make-up off the brushes and then finish them off with a bit of the shampoo before rinsing clean. This leaves my brushes cleaner than clean and feeling beautifully soft. It really is the most effective way of cleaning your make-up brushes (that I’ve found) without spending a ton of money on brush cleaners. If you don’t have a cleansing oil, simple coconut oil (melted) or olive oil will also work. If it works to clean your face, why won’t it work to clean your brushes, right?

How to clean your make-up brushes

How to clean your make-up brushes

 

How to clean your make-up brushes

So, this is what I do:

  1. Add a little oil to the palm of your hand then swirl the dirty brushes in the oil until most of the make-up has melted off the brush. Work the oil into the bristles gently with your fingers then rinse under warm water.
  2. Repeat this but with baby shampoo and work the shampoo into the bristles thoroughly. Rinse under warm water until the water runs clear and until there is no soapy residue left on your brushes.
  3. Gently squeeze as much moisture from the bristles as you can, taking care not to pull on the bristles.
  4. Place them on a towel which has been rolled up on end so they are slanted down. This will prevent the water to run down the brush handle which could cause damage to the glue or the handle.
  5. Allow to dry for at least 4 hours or until the brushes are completely dry. I leave my fluffier brushes overnight to make sure they are completely dry.

How to clean your make-up brushes

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