HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I have tons of Beauty Resolutions this year, all of which I will be sharing with you. The first beauty resolution on my list is making sure that I wash my makeup brushes every week! I’m so serious about this that I’m marking it down in my calendar so that I don’t forget. The one reason that this is first on my list is because it goes hand in hand with skincare (which is second on my list).
Makeup brushes can harbor bacteria. Eww! We want to apply makeup to our face, not bacteria. So we have to keep them clean and clean them often. Also, good makeup brushes are not cheap. So we have to take care of them as much as possible, so that they can last a long time.
By cleaning our brushes we are not only getting rid of any bacteria, we’re getting rid of old built up makeup, oils, germs, dirt, etc.
I won’t lie; I’m guilty of not washing my brushes as much as I should be doing. So, I can tell you from experience that using a dirty brush does not feel good, and it does not give you the same finish that a soft clean makeup brush would give.
It’s best to wash your brushes a minimum of once a week. Also, since they take a while to dry, it’s a good idea to wash them at night so that they’ll be ready to use when you get up the following morning. Or if you have time to wash them in the morning, that way they’ll have time to dry during the day.
Here is how I wash my brushes.
I mix together Dawn dishwashing liquid, olive oil and water in a small bowl. I then thoroughly wet my bristles using lukewarm water, and then dip the brush in the mixture and then I swirl my brush on my brush egg and rinse in lukewarm water. If my brushes are super dirty, then I repeat the above steps until the water runs clear. Also, here is an extremely important tip. When washing your brushes make sure that you don’t use hot water and do not get water above the ferrule (metal part). Hot water and water getting into the ferrule can cause the glue to loosen and can also cause the ferrule to rust, both of which can cause the bristles to fall out.
Once I’m done rinsing, I gently squeeze out the excess water with either my fingers or with a washcloth. Now that the brushes are super clean the last step is drying them. To do this you can either lay them flat on a dry towel or dry them upside down.
In between deep cleaning is a good idea to spot treat your brushes.I’m currently using Parian Spirit Professional Makeup Brush Cleaner Wipes and they are AMAZING! Basically, I just take a wipe and swipe my brush on it back and forth. This gives the brush a quick clean and also helps to kill bacteria. Another great thing about these wipes is that you can use them to quickly clean your brushes when you need to do a color change. Great from going from a dark to a light.
Oh and before I forget when cleaning your brushes don’t forget to clean the handles of your brushes. You can do that by simply wiping it down by putting some rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball.
What are your beauty resolutions for 2016?