It has recently come to my attention that many of my clients and everyday friends and family that wear makeup strictly as a mandatory ritual to leave the house, do not know how to wash their makeup brushes. As a matter of FACT, I was told recently that some of you didn’t know you needed to!!! Is this true makeup wearers of today? No judgement. I'm not here to judge. So please excuse my motherly tone when I say YES, makeup wearers, you must MUST wash your makeup brushes regularly (at least once a month) even if you are the only one using them. Why you ask? Here is why:
As we apply makeup, our brushes are not only depositing the makeup we dipped them into but are also picking up the oils from our face along with that high end anti aging moisturizer we paid so much for. Repeated use eventually coats up our powder products and gunks up the brush. The overall results get muddier and our product harder to use because of the layers of moisture on it.
Ever notice your powder products getting hard surfaces on them? Yep! That's weeks of bacteria filled moisture just marinating there ready to be put back on your skin by the oily bacteria filled brush. Gross you out enough? GOOD!! Ok, here's what to do:
1) Get yourself a bottle of inexpensive hair shampoo and a good brush cleaner ( I like Cinema Secrets and MAC the best).
* Toni Tip: For stubborn to clean brushes that have dried cream or gel in them use dish soap. Dish Soap can dry out natural hair brushes so best to use on synthetic and only when needed. Many foundation brushes are made with synthetic fibers.
2) Place each in a separate bowl and mix with a little water. (Don’t have to mix with water at all but I like to make it spread a little further)
3) Lay a towel next to the sink
4) Get your brushes wet first and then dip into each solution swirling the brush under clean running warm water until brush is clean.
* Toni Tip: Be mindful of the shape of your brush. cleaning against the natural shape or smashing your brush can misshapen it over time
5) Squeeze all the water out of the brush shaping it in it natural shape laying flat on the towel to dry overnight.
* Toni Tip: Dont place wet brushes in a cup upright and don’t soak upside down in a cup. The water will get into the base of the hair loosening the glue overtime.
Congratulations! You now have clean brushes!
Below you will find some of my favorite brush cleaning products
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