It’s often the simple things we overlook in our beauty regimes.
Always on the look out for new products, we focus on what we apply rather than how we apply it – when in reality the latter can make all the difference.
Keeping make-up brushes clean is essential, not only for a great finish but for all-round skin health.
Why is it so important?
With regular use, make-up brushes collect bacteria, oil and dead skin cells – particularly if used throughout the day rather than on freshly cleansed skin.
The longer you go without washing your make-up brushes, the more nasties they accumulate – which can cause blackheads, blemishes and breakouts.
Sensitive skin sufferers will also know that dirty brushes (particularly foundation brushes), can be very scratchy on the skin – so keeping them clean will help avoid irritation.
Excess dead skin cells and old make-up on brushes will also dull down your complexion and make application more difficult, so you’ll use more make-up with poor results!
How often should you clean them?
There’s no such thing as clean brushes that are too clean – the more you wash them the softer they become.
General guidelines are:
Foundation brush – Once a week
Powder and Bronzer Brushes – Once a week
Blush Brush – Once a week
Eye Shadow Brushes – Every 2/3 days
Eyeliner Brush – After every application
Sensitive eyes are very prone to irritation and infection, so always try to use a freshly cleaned brush – especially if applying on the inner eye sealant.
How to clean them?
There are many different products available, most containing alcohol which can can irritate the hands and face if any residue remains.
In the name of multi-tasking I prefer the shampoo method!
Using a mild shampoo clean the brush bristles, being sure to avoid the metal casing.
Let the brushes dry completely before using them again.