Claire Saliu Makeup Artistry

Makeup Artist, Beauty and Lifestyle blogger and busy Mama.

How to clean your make up brushes

Cleaning your make up brushes on a regular basis is so important. Make up, bacteria and general dirt along with dead skin cells can quickly build up and increase the risk of spots as well as being rather unhygienic. Also if your brush is caked in make up it won't perform as well as it should and you won't get as flawless a result with your application. Beauty experts recommend that you wash them once a week - more often if you have oily or acne-prone skin.

While it can be tedious to do if you have tons of brushes, it's actually rather easy to clean your brushes - and rather satisfying when you see the end results (or is that just me..;) ).  And no fancy tools or brush cleaners are required!

All you will need is:
  • Warm water and a small bowl to put some in.
  • Baby shampoo. 
  • A clean towel to lay them on afterwards to dry.

Step 1:

Fill your little bowl with warm water and dip the brush in to wet it a bit.

Step 2:

Pour a drop of baby shampoo- about the size of a two cent coin - into the palm of your hand and swirl the brush around in it to create a lather and keep going until all the make up is removed. For more stubborn brushes, like foundation brushes, this will take a bit longer and you might have to go with a second dollop of shampoo. For my foundation brushes I like to pour the shampoo into the small bowl instead (no water) and swirl the brush around in the bowl. 

Step 3:

Rinse the brush well in warm water until the water runs clear to make sure you have all the shampoo out. 

Step 4:

Gently squeeze out the excess water and leave them to dry flat overnight on a clean towel. (Don't put them on a radiator or heater though as the direct heat won't be good for them- on a window sill near the light/sun will do.)

Hope this quick post was helpful - now get washing! :)

C xx

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