Brush It Off

As you all probably know by know, I tend to get quite lazy which is why I also tend to look for products that are multi-taskers and get the job done in minimal time. But being lazy also means that I HATE washing my makeup brushes, but unfortunately it’s something that just has to be done. If I were to take a look at my makeup brushes under a microscope, I would be horrified by the community of bacteria that takes up residence between the bristles. Given the amount of different products we put on our brushes, it should come as no surprise that they can also be breeding ground for bacteria, and I for one, am trying to get into a routine of washing my makeup brushes as often as possible.

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If left unwashed, that same bacteria would be one of the main causes of breakouts on your skin because you are using dirty brushes, especially for base products such as foundation, BB creams and tinted moisturisers. So it is recommended that you should wash your brushes on a weekly basis.

I don’t have a large amount of brushes so washing them in one go doesn’t happen to take long (but lazy me can come up with all kinds of excuses!). Now I know that there are a lot of fancy makeup brush cleansers out on the market, but honestly, given the amount used in one wash, I can’t seem to justify spending so much money on a cleanser, when I can get the job done with a gentle shampoo, and so far that’s worked for me beautifully. I use the Parlour Moisturising Shampoo at the moment, and it’s a cute little sample size that I got in my Birchbox a few months ago, and I find that this gets the job done!

I just take a little pea-sized amount onto the top of the brush I want to wash, and then rub it into the palm of my hand to really work the shampoo into the bristles. Make sure you rinse out the brush upside down to ensure that the water doesn’t enter the ferrule, which would damage the glue holding the bristles together. Once I’ve rinsed out all the brushes, I lay them on their side on a towel, making sure to hang the bristle end over an edge so the water can escape easily and so that the brush heads keep their shape as they dry. I find that for brushes to fully dry, it is important to leave them overnight, and by the next morning they are ready to use!

So, if nothing else, I hope this post reminds you to clean your makeup brushes regularly in order to preserve the condition of your brushes and also to prevent any bacteria from coming into contact with your skin! If any of you have used affordable brush cleansing products then please give me a holler! Happy cleaning!

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