How many of you use makeup brushes? Almost everyone right?! Well, do you make it a habit of cleaning them? Did you know your brushes should be cleaned ideally every week? They also should be deep cleaned monthly! I'm here to explain why!
First off... You have spent your hard earned money on them, and whether they are a brand name, high end or low end brand, you will want to keep them looking and working as good as possible for as long as possible. And with these steps, you should be able to prolong the life of your brushes for a while.
Secondly, Your face and skin depend on it! Again whether you buy low end or high end facial products, using dirty, uncleaned brushes is such a set back.
While using your brushes, not only is the left over makeup product on them, but a build up of oil and dirt from your face gets stuck/clogged in them as well. If they are not cleaned properly this could lead up to clogged pores, which in turn leads up to acne breakouts and/or a rash.
I, for one, suffers from clogged pores called comedones. Comedones are dead skin cells, sebum and dirt that gets clogged up in your pores and develops into small bumps on my face. They can then become white heads or eventually lead to black heads. I work very hard to keep these to a minimum, with washing my face religiously and daily/weekly skin care treatments, so not keeping my makeup brushes clean would defeat the purpose of the above. Because of this, I clean my brushes regularly! Now, does that mean I deep clean them every week? No! Sometimes I go a couple weeks. But that being said, I have quite the collection of makeup brushes which allow me to go a couple weeks in between deep cleaning. However, I do weekly cleanings and ALWAYS clean them after use.
So wait..... there are more than one cleaning techniques for your brushes? .... Yes! And let me go over them with you.
Same Day Application Cleaning: When doing your daily makeup, and you are needing a change in colours or powders and you would like to use the same brush, they make a quick eraser just for that. The aluminum pot houses a rough large pore black sponge that removes powder pigment instantly to switch to the next colour. Perfect for removing powder colour/shadow colour, but not for liquid. Both sides of the black sponge are usable. The sponge can be washed with a fragrance free soap and warm water for durable use. The colour switch sponge is a lightweight and portable design, and easy to carry around, perfect for home or you can take it with you if you travel. I have these two for reference.
I found a similar one here.
Here are the steps I use to clean my brushes day to day :
I then give them a quick spray with makeup removing sprays! I have two different kinds I use. The Quo brand from Shopper's Drug Mart, and the Cinema Secret brand from Sephora. I have found them here and here.
Once a week cleaning:
I do a good makeup removing cleaning at the end of the week or every other week. Here are the steps I use to clean my brushes day to day. For my weekly cleaning, use a brush cleaner like Cinema Secrets or Quo cleanser, or whichever brand you choose.
Once a month Cleaning:
I spend the time deep cleaning my makeup brushes once a month. I use rubber cleaning mats and blue Dawn dish soap. You can also use baby shampoo, if you would like, but I prefer to use Dawn.
Here are some after pictures of my clean brushes. On another note, for a more intense washing of your beauty blenders, go for the Beauty Blender Cleanser. You can grab it here
How often do you wash your makeup brushes? Comment below and let me know.
Until next time
Cheryl Ann xo