Caring for your brushes

Cleaning your makeup brushes is one of those dreary tasks but yet so important. It prevents the spread of bacteria across your face and clients.

Over the years, I’ve come across many people who have never washed their brushes and surprisingly have used the same foundation brush over and over for their daily makeup routine.

Your skin will react to an overload of bacteria found in your dirty brushes, which is a build-up of the products. This will make your skin irritated and can trigger breakouts.

For personal use, we suggest washing them on a weekly basis to avoid bacteria build up. Leaving them too long without a wash can lead to skin congestion and breakouts due to the build-up of bacteria constantly being spread across the skin. 

For professional use, must wash daily. 

  1. Rinse the bristles under lukewarm water and keep them pointed at a downward angle. Hot water can damage the bristles. 
  2. Swirl bristles onto an antibacterial bar of soap until nicely lathered. Baby shampoo or soap specifically made for makeup brushes can also be used. Put a small amount into your hand or cleaning mat, lathering in the same fashion until sudsy.
  3. Rinse the soap out of the bristles with lukewarm water.
  4. Gently squeeze out any excess water and reshape the brush head to its previous shape.
  5. Lay the brushes on a towel hanging over the edge of a table or counter so the air circulates and dries them faster (allow up to 24 hours). Never stand brushes up to dry. Wetting the ferrule can mean that the bristles are loosened from the glue, resulting in shedding.

Tips:  If you find that the bristles are thick and firm with makeup residue, try swirling them in a small amount of olive or almond oil, working the oils into the brush fibres. Rinse, and begin the cleaning process above. 

Give your brushes some extra TLC after cleansing. Pour a small amount of alcohol in a shallow bowl, swish brushes back and forth. Rinse under luke-warm water. Lay flat on a towel to dry. This will kill any bacteria. 

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