Deep Clean // Make-Up Brushes

Monday, 20 May 2013



I'd be lying if I said I regularly clean my make-up brushes. In fact, I hardly ever do it. Gross I know. Bad beauty blogger!!! I thought about all the bacteria and make-up clogged in my brushes and decided it was long overdue. I got the baby shampoo out, which if you're a beauty blogger, will be your holy grail when it comes to cleaning your make-up brushes, and began what I soon found out to be, a very lengthy process. If you're planning on doing this yourself then get your comfies on and watch that episode of 90210 you've been meaning to catch up on for the past week. You'll thank me when you're stuck on the floor with wet soapy hands and not a remote in sight.



I've seen slight variations when bloggers clean their make-up brushes, but I decided to fill a washing up bowl with warm water. I then took each brush, squeezed a bit of baby shampoo directly onto the brush and then used my hands to rub the shampoo into the brushes to create a lather. Once the brush started to get soapy and I could see the make-up rubbing off on my hands, I popped the brush under the water and used my fingers to rinse and get the remaining make-up off. I found with my foundation brushes, where it looked clean on the surface, it wasn't. Separate the brush in the middle and you'll see even more make-up hiding away. Squeeze some shampoo onto the affected area and repeat the same process. With eyeshadow brushes do the same thing but dab the brush onto a piece of tissue until the colour completely drains.





It's actually quite disgusting how quickly the water changes colour. Mine started off as lovely and transparent, and ended up looking like chocolate milk, although I'm sure it certainly wouldn't have tasted as good. I daren't even try. It does take quite a while but it's definitely worth it knowing that my brushes are squeaky clean and rid of any nasty germs and bacteria that were lurking between the bristles before. They smell amazing too so I'm rather looking forward to using them tomorrow morning. I've left them on a towel to dry overnight, but the bigger blusher brushes may take longer to dry. The Real Techniques brushes apparently dry really quickly and are the main four brushes I use, so they should be fine for the morning.

As you can see from the pictures above the results are pretty impressive (apart from the murky water). My brushes look super sparkly and have undergone a thorough clean which can only mean that my make-up application will be extremely soft and gentle on my face tomorrow. I like experimenting and discovering new ways of doing things, so if you have a better method to clean your make-up brushes, then please share!



4 comments:

  1. I actually really enjoy cleaning my brushes :| haha
    It's amazing how much make up & dirt comes out isn't it?! I couldn't believe it when I first washed mine, I was seriously grossed out haha xx

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    1. Haha you can do mine for me!!! It's tedious but it's nice once they're done! I know it's actually really gross knowing we put those brushes on our faces every day!!!Xxx

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  2. If I want to clean my makeup brushes quickly for the next application and not do a deep clean I use my simple makeup wipes. they take away a fair amount of makeup and is good for inbetween deep cleaning your brushes :)

    xx

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    1. Oooh I never thought of doing that! Good shout, thank you :) xx

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