Monday, 16 September 2013

How To Clean Your Make-Up Brushes (For Lazy Girls Like Moi)

Monday, 16 September 2013

Hello stylicias, and happy Monday!

Tonight's post is a little last-minute I know, but since I've been trying really hard lately to get myself back into the habit of blogging frequently, I decided I'd better get something out to start the week off. Something is better than nothing after all!

I had to try and think of an idea for this post very quickly and off the top of my head. Something that wouldn't take too long to do, and wouldn't require much planning beforehand. A review? Nope, not unless I want it out by midnight! An outfit of the day? No photos for that as of yet!

Then I reviewed my list of "blog ideas" and remembered one I had been meaning to share for a while. It's very simple, and one I assume that most people know how to do.

Cleaning your make-up brushes!

It's something I've grown to assume that most people, who frequently wear make-up, know the gist of. Yet, saying that, I'm sure there are many people who are wearing make-up out there that have not yet realised it's importance!

I was one of those people. Before I spent a lot of my time reading beauty blogs and looking up make-up application tips on the internet, I had no idea how crucial it was to wash your make-up brushes. And on a regular basis, too!

The lazy girl in me winced at this thought. Ugh. You mean I have to clean my make-up brushes too now? That's such high maintenance. I can barely be bothered to shave my legs when need be (too much information Emily)

But, as I soon found out the hard way, a clean make-up brush set is important, and is vital for clean skin and neat make-up application! For god knows how long I always wondered why my face was a spotty war zone, and now, I think it's no bloody wonder. My face was like a breeding ground for bacteria collected off the dirty make-up brushes I was continuously applying to my face everyday. 

But don't worry - washing your make-up brushes and sponges needn't be a chore. If me, one of the laziest people on the planet when it comes to these things, can manage to do it, then I'm sure you can too. Hell, I'm not gonna lie, sometimes I still don't wash them as much as I should! But, I've come up with a technique that is no fuss and no nonsense. It's quick, doable and easy. Here are the steps to my make-up brush maintenance routine!


Collect all your brushes.

This will sound fairly obvious, but you'd be surprised at how often I forget to include all of my brushes (nearly typed bushes then, woops) when I'm about to give them a clean. Make yourself a checklist if you're very forgetful! 

  • Foundation brush
  • Stippling brush
  • Concealer brush
  • Eyeshadow brush
  • Small shading brush
  • Make-up sponges
  • Powder puffs
  • Powder brush etc.
Throw ones in there that you don't use as frequently, too. Chances are, if they're dirty, they'll need a wash anyway.


Fill a sink basin (or bowl) with warm water.

Then mix the water with a regular hair shampoo of your choice.  I'd use a nice scented one, because I've started doing this recently and now as soon as I put the brush/sponge to my face, I get that instant nice smell of the shampoo all over again. It's heavenly!


Scrub away.

Make sure your hands are clean, and start to really lather the shampoo and water within the the bristles of the brushes. Keep scrubbing until you can visibly see the orange stains of make-up and residue wash away off them, and into the basin of water. Do the same with any sponges, making sure to give them a squeeze! Leave to soak in the water for around 2-3 mins.


Rinse and dry.

After you've let them soak for a few minutes, hold each utensil under the cold tap for a few seconds, to give a final rinse (they've all been sharing a basin of mucky water, so this is important!). Have a towel handy, give each brush a gentle squeeze to rid any excess water, then lay flat on a towel to air dry overnight. 


Repeat weekly.

I know, washing them once a week might seem a bit of a nuisance if you have a busy schedule, but really, it's nothing. I would recommend a weekly brush cleanse especially if you have skin like mine prone to breakouts, but if you're lucky, with enviable skin and don't really wear make-up much anyway, you could get away with once a fortnight.

Still not motivated or convinced you can do it? You might think twice after reading this..

Cleaner brushes have mulitple benefits! Including:

 Clearer skin

♥ Better make-up application (my make-up always looks better after freshly washed brushes)

♥ Helps prevent future breakouts

♥ No more messy palettes (don't you hate it when bits of different coloured eyeshadow merge on the same brush?)

♥ Cleaner, healthier skin in general

And I'm sure there are plenty more!

One last thought - when coming out of the shower, with freshly washed skin, you wouldn't dry your body with a dirty towel you used three weeks ago. Why do the same with your make-up brushes?!

I hope this helped any fellow lazy bums out there - if you have any comments on this article, or would like to share your own tips, submit a reply below!

How often do you wash your make-up brushes? What does your routine consist of?

Thanks for reading and stopping by - have a fantastic week!

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  1. I think the key is to do it weekly - but I'm so lazy about it! Luckily I don't use too many brushes :)

    1. Hi Isa,

      I definitely agree - and so am I! It seems like such an effort so I still have trouble motivating myself to do it, but once I actually get round to it, it takes about 2 minutes and it's easy peasy :-)

      Luck you - I have too many, but have noticed I'm using less just to save myself the washing up haha!

      Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day.

      Emily x

  2. Hi Emily, thank you so much for your visit! I follow you by Bloglovin now(55)
    do you also follow me on GFC? I can't see you in my followers list! check it and I follow back.

    1. Hi Marcela,

      You're very welcome, and thanks for following me back! Oh that's funny I thought I did already, I'll try following you again :-)

      Have a great day!

      Emily x


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