It's easier than you think
If you use them, even if it’s just one, then it’s absolutely essential that you understand how to clean make-up brushes properly.
Let’s be completely honest with one another, the chances are you probably can’t be arsed to clean out your beauty toolkit. But, as Australian model Anthea Page reiterated with photographic evidence last year, you should never skip washing your make-up brushes. Ensuring you have clean make-up brushes helps you avoid a whole host of skin problems – including infections.
The best make-up brushes deserve proper love and care, so we’ve broken down everything you need to know about cleaning them, from exactly how you should clean your tools to how often they need a wash. We’re sure you’ll know how to clean make-up brushes with your eyes shut in no time.
How often should you clean make-up brushes?
This will vary a little depending on how often you use your make-up brushes. If you use them on a daily basis, then you’re going to need to clean them more than if you use them a couple of times a week. But no matter how often you use them, brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria. We say give them a deep clean at least once a week, and ideally use a cleaning spray between uses to freshen them up.
And, as any professional make-up artist will tell you, if you use your make-up brushes on other people they must be cleaned after every single use to avoid the spread of skin conditions or infections.
How to clean make-up brushes at home
Cleaning your make-up brushes is a lot easier than you might think – it can be done in the comfort of your own home (specifically, your bathroom). Start by rinsing under running water to get some of the excess make-up out of the brush. Then either grab a brush cleanser, like Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Brush Gel, £7.50, or work ordinary shampoo into the damp brush head, and rinse. Hold your brushes downwards when rinsing so that all of the excess oil and old make-up washes straight down the sink. Once you’ve rinsed the brush head until the water runs clear, squeeze the excess out from the brush. Allow your brushes to dry naturally by sitting them over the edge of a table or shelf. It’s as simple as that.
Or we’re all completely obsessed with The Apprentice winner, Tom Pellereau’s Styl by Tom Pellereau StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer, £40 Amazon.
This super duper piece of technology cleans and dries brushes in seconds, meaning that you can get back to using your brushes faster.
We bet you’ve never been so excited to go home and clean your make-up brushes.
Whichever technique you choose, just make sure you’re doing it regularly. That’s an order.