How I Wash my Makeup Brushes

Having some good quality makeup brushes can make a huge difference to how you apply your makeup and it is so important to make sure that they are in the best condition possible. Everyone’s makeup brushes get dirty and getting round to cleaning them can often be a chore and sometimes when we do actually get round to cleaning then we don’t actually even know how to do it or we wonder if there is a better way to do it. In this post I am going to share the way that I wash my brushes.

The first thing that I do is check which makeup brushes need to be cleaned because sometimes I haven’t used every brush since the last time I cleaned them.

The second thing I do is wet my brushes. It is important that you wet them with cold water because warm water could melt the glue inside the brushes. I personally like to wash my brushes one at a time so I don’t have to leave them sitting wet. Wetting the brush helps to work them into a lather.

Next, I put a small amount of washing up liquid onto the palm of my hand and swirl the brush around so that it foams up. I do this until the water and foam is clear and no more makeup and dirt appears to be coming out of the brush. I prefer to use washing up liquid instead of shampoo due to the fact that it has less oil because the oils from the shampoo can transfer onto your skin which could potentially lead to your skin breaking out.

After this, I rinse the brushes with cold water and then gently squeeze then to remove any excess water and then I dab them with a towel to help them dry quicker. It is important to try and put them back to their original shape after squeezing them, this will also help them dry faster and keep them in good condition.

The next thing I do is lay the brushes on a towel but keeping the brush head at a downwards angle. To make sure the brush heads are pointing down all you need to do is roll the top of your towel so that it is slightly raised and put the brush handle on this part of the towel, I just prop the brush handles against the side of my dressing table but you can do whatever you like as long as the head is faced downwards. The reason that it is so important to make sure that the brush heads are facing down the way is because it ensures that water will not go back up the brush and therefore loosen the glue. If you have a double ended brush then it is best to just lay it flat otherwise one end could become loose.

The final thing I do is simply leave my brushes to dry for roughly 24 hours or overnight. Do not attempt to make your brushes dry faster by using a hair dryer as this could ruin your brushes. If you do need your brushes to dry quicker then you could just put them near a warm radiator.

In general, I aim to wash my brushes roughly every two to three weeks although, it is best to wash them once a week but let’s face it – who has the time or can actually be bothered to wash their brushes every single week – I know I certainly can’t. Now, it’s time to get up and wash your makeup brushes.

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