How To: Wash Your Makeup Brushes

Now this is a task most of us will put off for the longest period possible; some people will go as far as saying they’ve never actually washed their makeup brushes and I am certainly not judging but it really isn’t as bad a task as it seems. In fact, it can be a 10 minute job if you keep up to washing them once a week and your skin will be grateful for it. Removing the excess oils and dirts that have built up will stop you rubbing these into your pores when applying your makeup; after all, clean skin is healthy skin.

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All you need is:

  • Your dirty brushes
  • A hand towel (I wouldn’t advise using a white one)
  • Johnson’s baby shampoo
  • Some water (I advise to do this over a sink)

First lay your towel out so you are ready to lay your freshly washed brushes onto it. Run the tap water and soak the ends of the bristles. Pour a small amount of the baby shampoo into the palm of your hand, then gently massage the soaked bristles into the baby shampoo in a circular motion (just as you would when using the brush to apply your makeup). Rinse the bristles under the tap and using two fingers, squeeze the bristles in-between your fingers to ensure you get all the makeup from the centre of the brush. Depending on how dirty your brush is, you might need to repeat these steps a few times but if you wash your brushes regularly this will be something that only takes one wash and rinse.

Once you have cleaned the makeup from the brush, gently massage the clean wet bristles onto a corner of the towel you laid out earlier. This will ensure that your bristles are spread out evenly and it will also help speed up the drying process.

Repeat the above until all your makeup brushes are clean, then use the dry part of the towel to roll your brushes into and leave to dry. The drying process will take a couple of hours so it is best to wash your brushes after you have used them for the day or on a day you don’t plan on wearing any makeup.

I know everyone does things differently and this is by all means not the ‘right’ way to do it but I find it’s quick and effective. I also find Johnson’s baby shampoo the perfect product, it’s inexpensive and you get a large quantity of product to last a long time. As it’s for babies the formula tends to suit all skin types, especially sensitive skin and it’s very unlikely to leave you breaking out.

Now go pick up your dirty brushes and have some fun cleaning!

Jess

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