I’m not gonna lie, brush cleaning is not a task I relish. It’s a chore, but a necessary one. Your skin and brushes will thank you infinitely if you can make the time in your schedule for both a quick regular clean, and a periodic deep clean of your brushes.
It stands to reason that not keeping your brushes clean is a fast track to bacteria build-up and, ultimately, skin breakouts. Not to mention, those expensive brushes will not last very long if you neglect them. That said, I have never met anyone who actually cleans their brushes as much as they should – me included. So I’m not here for a guilt trip, just hopefully give you some info on how I clean my brushes and a few tips on the way. You know I love a top tip.
I’ve spent all day putting off doing this brush cleanse, it’s not even funny. I read some of my current book (Spectacles – Sue Perkins. Read it. Effing hilarious btw), I watched some KUWTK, napped, googled, bathed. Anything to procrastinate. I know, first world problems right? I was having a super lazy day. Don’t judge me.
So, I did it. Eventually. My current brush cleanser of choice is Estée Lauder make up brush cleaner solution (£12.00 for 235ml). It is expensive but very good. It dissolves make up with ease, has a fresh scent and easy spray cap. I use this at least once a week. The only problem with it, is that I don’t feel it lathers enough. Not that I feel this affects it cleaning ability, it’s probably more psychological. You know when you wash your hair and are not happy it’s totally clean until the shampoo reaches a rich lather. So, for this reason only, I deep clean once a month with baby shampoo or pears soap.
1. Run your brushes one by one under running warm water.
Tip – never ever ever run your brushes under the tap with the bristles facing up. It will rot the stem of your brushes and loosen the glue that hold the bristle head in place.
2. Apply the brush cleanser to the bristles, massage in and swirl in the palm of your hand. Do not scrub. Be gentle.
3. Rinse thoroughly and repeat. Foundation brushes might need a couple of goes to break down the oils and get them squeaky clean.
4. Blot the brush on a towel or some kitchen roll to get off excess water.
5. Reshape and lay on a towel overnight to dry off.
6. Don’t forget to cleanse your sponges and any brushes laying around in your handbag or those mini ones in compacts and palettes. Oh, and that fork/spoon you borrowed from downstairs after watching Instagram vids of your fave blogger contouring using the contents of her kitchen drawer.
Tip – sponges and blenders can rot easily. After washing, squeeze out over the sink, then squeeze again in a towel to get out as much water as physically possible.
7. Feel smug for having super clean brushes – til tomorrow when you use them all again.