This post was prompted by a request from a friend, and from when I did a consultation over the weekend. I spoke about this briefly in an earlier posts titled, A Few basics…Enjoy! My client recently purchased a set of E.L.F makeup brushes, and brought them with her to her consultation this weekend because she wanted to learn what to use each brush for. She came to the consultation ready to use the brushes, but, they were NOT washed!
Washing your makeup brushes is an extremely important part of your makeup routine. Her explanation for not washing them were that “They are new, and are covered.” Yes, the brushes are new, but you don’t know if dye’s or anything else were used on the brushes, and washing them rids whatever dye that may be on the brushes off, as well as dust particles etc.
Cleaning your makeup brushes not only helps rid your brushes from bacteria, thus saving you from breakouts, it also helps to ensure proper makeup application; your brushes will not be contaminated with oils from your skin, skin cells, and old, oxidized makeup colors from prior makeup application. Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly will save you money since by cleaning your brushes your brushes will last longer. Also, using dirty brushes in your makeup contaminates your makeup. I would suggest investing in Beauty So Clean’s Cosmetic Sanitizer Mist. I purchased mine from Alcone Co.
1. With the tip of your brush pointing downward, hold your brush under the running luke warm water. Be sure to not get the shaft of the brush wet (this will loosen the glue & your brush will come loose over time, & eventually fall out). Also, never leave your brushes soaking in water or cleaning solution – this will damage your brushes as well.
2. Apply a small amount of brush cleaner into the palm of your hand & GENTLY swirl the brush around.
3. After a lather has formed (see how much makeup comes out) rinse the brush off under the running, luke warm water (tip of the brush pointing downward) until the water runs clean. Repeat if necessary.
4. Gently squeeze excess water out (use a towel) & re-shape the brushes.
5. Lay the brushes flat on a clean towel (NEVER STAND THEM UP WHILE WET IT WILL DESTROY THE BRUSHES!)
Do you clean your makeup brushes? If so, how often & what do you use?