Monday, 13 October 2014

How To - Washing Brushes.

Hey guys, today I bring you a new series on my blog 'How To'. I'm excited for this series as hopefully it will help you guys out and bring you some information and tips on how to do things you never knew about. This series will be a few times a year but if it becomes popular I will add it to my monthly timetable. Today I bring you 'Washing Brushes'. Many people wash their brushes and many people don't and how you wash them is completely up to you. I'll be bringing you a few tips and tricks on how I wash mine today. My general routine as all my dirty/used brushes once every 2 weeks, it's a chore but keeps them looking new and keeping the bristles clean, not dyed from makeup.

Washing your brushes is important because when you clean your brushes, you’re not just getting rid of old makeup, but you’re also cleansing the brush of old makeup, dirt, oil, dead skin, and bacteria. Yes, washing your brushes is important. 

Option 1 - Baby Shampoo/Face Wash.

This option is amazing for your brushes and doesn't break the bank either. It takes minutes to clean and leaves them feeling like brand new. A baby shampoo is literally £1.99 in most shops like drug-stores and supermarkets, plus they last forever as you need a pea sized amount per 2-3 brushes depending on their size. Another option is your face wash also, this doesn't break the bank either an requires the same amount of product. These 2 products are moisturising for the brushes also leaving them soft as a 'babies bum'.

Step 1 - Run your tap with warm water, make sure it's warm because the product won't wash out properly and lather up, fill the sink with water. Turn the tap off. The warm water in the sink will catch any soap and makeup and stop it from marking your skin, also you can swill the brush round before hand.

Step 2 - Wet the brush in the water you just ran and place it to one side. Take a pea sized amount of your chosen wash whether it be baby shampoo or face wash and place it into the palm of your hand.

Step 3 - Rub both hands together working up a lather, this is the time you take your wet brush back. Swirl the brush around in the middle of your palm working the lather up more turning your brush soapy and white

Step 4 - Rinse the soapy lather out the brush, or swirl it around in the sink water, leaving it squeaky clean. Lastly lay all your clean brushes out FLAT on a towel.This will stop the water from entering the glue area where the bristles are, resulting in loosened bristles.

Option 2 - A Brush Cleaner (MAC Brush Cleaner)

Step 1 - Take a cotton pad, or cotton wool ball, and pour some brush cleaner onto it, not too much, not too little. Should moisten half the cotton pad. (don't take tissue as the tissue will break apart and stick to the brush bristles).

Step 2 - Swirl your brush into the moist half of the cotton pad or cotton ball. You should see the products or makeup that you've used on the brush transfer onto the cotton pad turning it a makeup related colour.

Step 3 - Lay the brush down on a flat surface until dry like with the baby shampoo although this product is great for on the spot cleaning as it takes minutes to dry.

I hope this helped.

You can buy the MAC brush cleaner HERE for £11.99, it's great because it lasts forever.

Ella x

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  1. You're tips are really helpful, I really want to try the Mac brush cleanser now!