Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Beauty Tip: How to Clean Your Make-up Brushes ☼

makeup brushes elf no7 eyeshadow blending shading brush eyeliner brush

Taking care of your brushes is very important. Because they come into contact with your skin on a daily basis, they are bound to take up your excess oil and acne-causing bacteria -and nobody wants that, because even though you will have a clean face in the morning before you put your make-up on, the bacteria on your brush from the day before will be transferred from your dirty brush, and wreak havoc on your skin, no matter how much you wash it!

For my brushes, I tend to take a dollop of my tea tree oil facial cleanser (review here) in my wet palm, wet my brush, and swirl it into my palm. I then hold the brush head under the open tap until it runs clear. If it seem's to be taking too long (this is usually the case when you use a foundation brush), then repeat the process.

Every few washes, I use baby shampoo instead, just to keep the bristles soft so they don't irritate my skin.

So which brushes do I wash how many times?

♦     Powder/blush brushes: Every 2-3 days 
♦     Foundation brushes: Every time you use it!
♦     Eyeshadow/eyeliner/lip brushes: Again, every time you use them, because obviously,
(a) the eye shadow powder will mix, and
(b) eye liner and lip brushes get hard after you've used them.
♦     Synthetic/duo fibre brushes: I recommend using a mix of baby oil and baby shampoo to wash these if you're using a cream product.

Once you've washed them, gently swirl the wet brush onto some tissue paper to get rid of excess water, then reshape so the bristles are in the shape you bought them in - some brushes come with a brush guard which you can slide over to help maintain their shape.

elf powder brush, brush guard

I wash mine before bed, and leave them lying on a couple of layers of tissue, so they will be dry and ready by the morning for me to use ASAP. (^__^)

Hope this helps any newbies out there 

Disclaimer: All products were bought with my own money unless stated otherwise. All opinions are my own.


  1. great post:)

    I followed through the BBU Blog Hop xx

    1. Thanks Gemma! Followed you back xx

  2. This is a great post! I love that you've given guidelines of how often to clean brushes, so useful to people who're just getting into makeup :)
    I found you in the BBU Blog Hop!
    Kirstie x

    1. Ah thankyou very much my dear! I tried make sure it was as detailed as possible :-)

      Followed back dear! xoxo