Cleaning your brushes is one of those things where you should really do it regularly, but you never do! It’s something that I personally am very bad at. The long winded process of washing your brushes and then waiting for them to dry was something that could of been done tomorrow.. Or the next day, until eventually they were just screaming for a good clean! There are now so many different products that are out there which make cleaning those bacteria infested bristles that much easier!
When I first started makeup, I had no idea that my brushes had to be washed every month at best. I won’t lie to you, it was a good six months maybe before I actually found out just how important it is and decided to wash mine, and I wondered why I was always breaking out?! So I am just going to share with you how I clean my brushes and how quickly and easily it can be done! The ONLY product I use for this is the ‘No 7 Make Up Brush Cleanser’.. Simple right?
You will need:
- No 7 Make Up Brush Cleanser – Any cleanser that doesn’t need to be rinsed out.
- Kitchen Roll – a few sheets will do, depending on how dirty your brushes are!
- A Small Bowl – to put the cleanser in.
That is all!
So I always start by laying out two bits of kitchen roll. One for my dirty brushes and one for the clean ones. I then do a few pumps of the brush cleanser into a small bowl. I used two different sized ones, one for my eye brushes and one for my face brushes. That isn’t a necessary step, just what I do! I never fill the bowl up as I don’t want to waist any product, you can add more but you can’t take it away!
I always start with my eye brushes, just because they are smaller so I can get through them quicker. I simple dip the brushes in the cleanser and then work them in circular motions on the kitchen roll until nothing else comes out of it! This cleanser doesn’t need to be rinsed out or washed, once your brush is looking clean then you just lay it on the clean bit of tissue paper and leave it to dry! When did it get so easy?
In all fairness my collection isn’t huge, and the majority of my eye brushes I no longer use, so to clean all of my brushes took around 15 minutes.. Now that really isn’t such a chore! After I finished my eye brushes, I laid down a fresh sheet of kitchen roll and started my face brushes. Now with all the build up of foundation on my Real Techniques Stipling Brush, it did use up one whole sheet.. Which I pretty much expected. But it also shows you just how much product and bacteria can be sitting in your brushes! Which is why it is so important to clean them. I just repeated the same steps for my face brushes that I done to my eye brushes and left them to dry. It has now been about 20/30 minutes since I cleaned my brushes, and they are all dry! What more do you want?
As you can see, I have a lot less eye brushes in my after photo than in my before photo, but that is simply because I threw out a lot of my old brushes that I didn’t use or my cheaper ones that were no good! But the process really is so easy now, and for £8 for a bottle of Make Up Brush Cleanser, it can make your life that much easier!