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How to wash makeup brushes

Cleaning your makeup brushes can be a boring task. However, not washing your makeup brushes can cause a build up of bacteria, oil, dirt and excess products to spread between your tools and your face, leading to numerous skin issues, such as blemishes and skin reactions. So how should you wash them?

Makeup artist Florrie White, who describes her brushes as extensions of her fingers, is diligent about washing her tools.

‘All used brushes are washed after every shoot, and some favourites are washed during the shoot so they are clean for retouches,’ she says.

Here, we take you through the best way to deep clean your makeup brushes, step-by-step, so you have no more excuses for dirty tools… MORE: HOW TO USE MAKE-UP BRUSHES

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Wet the fibres of your makeup brush with warm water – but ensure that your brush is facing downwards. MORE: THIS SHOWER MISTAKE COULD GIVE US SPOTS, ACCORDING TO A DERMATOLOGIST

2. Cleanse

Gently cleanse your brush using your chosen cleaning product and allow it to lather.

To get a deep clean, swirl the brush on the palm of your hand or on a specialised brush-cleaning glove.

‘Try not to use a brush cleaner that is alcohol-based, as this can dry out the brushes and the hair can break off,’ advises Florrie. MORE: HOW TO GET RID OF AGE SPOTS

3. Rinse

Using warm water, wash the cleansing product out of your brushes until the water runs clearly.

Once finished, gently squeeze out excess wash and use your fingers to restructure the bristles into their original shape.

4. Dry

Lay your brushes out to dry, ensuring that the bristles are hanging over the edge of your surface. Doing this will allow the fibres to dry quickly and evenly, as air can reach the brush from all sides.

Florrie also recommends, ‘Lay your brushes flat to dry as opposed to standing up in a jar, as the moisture can run down the handles.

This will loosen the glue around the joint where the hair is bound to the handle (the ferrule) and come apart.’


For a deep rinse: How to wash makeup brushes

Bonner’s Magic Soap, from GBP11.69

Organic and free from preservatives, Dr. Bonner’s Magic Soap is the ideal product for a spot of brush cleaning. Available in a range of scents, this handy soap can be used for a never-ending list of tasks.

Its formula lathers up effectively, allowing you to get to the dirt and grime on your fibres.

For a quick clean: How to wash makeup brushes

BUY NOW: Real Techniques Cleansing Glove, GBP12.99 Brush cleaning can be a laborious and mundane task, but this handy invention by Real Techniques has cut our washing time in half and saved us from circled foundation stains on our palms.

A great and inexpensive alternative to Sigma’s Spa Brush Cleaning Glove. MORE: BEST EYE MAKEUP REMOVERS

For soft bristles: How to wash makeup brushes

BUY NOW: Johnson’s Baby Oil, GBP2.09 Considering it is used on babies, Johnson’s Baby Oil is ideal for conditioning your brush and keeping the fibres extra soft without using any harmful ingredients. Follow the same steps above, replacing cleanser with oil, and prepare for baby-soft brushes.


For sponges:

How to wash makeup brushes
BUY NOW: Beautyblender Blendercleanser Solid, GBP13 With makeup sponges rising in popularity, it’s vital to keep them as clean as your brushes. Liquid cleansers can be tricky as too much product can get into the sponge and leave it hard after drying.

Try this Blendercleanser Solid soap. It comes with a silicone pad to allow deep cleansing and the packaging makes it ideal for travel. MORE: 5 LOOK YOUNGER MAKEUP TIPS

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