Cleaning make-up brushes is probably one of my least favourite things to do. I constantly put it off for probably way longer than I should do, am I alone in this? However, when I do decide that it’s been far too long and force my lazy self to wash them, I feel like I’ve got a pretty fool proof method. I don’t use any crazy expensive products and it’s so quick and easy to do. So I thought I’d share this method with you because let’s face it – the quicker it takes, the better.
As you can see, my brushes get pretty disgusting because of how long I leave them for – just being real. I like to basically double cleanse them just to ensure I’m getting everything out of them and they’re getting a really deep clean. The first product I use is super affordable, you’ve probably already got it by your bathroom sink – hand wash. That’s it. No expensive special soap, just your bog standard hand wash. My personal favourite to use is Carex because I’ve found that it makes my brushes extra soft. Plus, they do so many different scents so your brushes will be smelling amazing afterwards.
The first thing I do is get my tap running to the right temperature which is a pretty important step – I have my water lukewarm verging on cold because if you soak your brushes in anything too hot, it will misshape the bristles. Then I run them under the tap, make sure to hold them so that the bristles face downwards so that water isn’t getting into the handle as this can cause rotting over time. After getting them wet, I put a pea sized amount of hand wash on the end and gently massage it in. I like to do this two or three times until the suds come up clean so that I know all the make-up has worked its way out. The next step is just to completely rinse out all of the soap.
The second method of cleansing involves using a product that literally only costs £2 – the PS Makeup Brush Cleaning Spray from Primark. I had no idea Primark did a brush cleanser until I was having a little browse in their beauty section one day and was really intrigued by this. Brush cleansers can be really overpriced so I was excited to see if this would be an effective yet more affordable option. I was not disappointed! Before I included this step in my brush cleaning, my brushes were not nearly as soft and thoroughly clean as they are now that I use this product. All you do is spray each brush a few times, give it a little massage and then rinse the product off. It’s literally that simple and you can visibly see the extra amount of make-up that washes out.
All that’s left to do is leave the brushes to dry. I usually wash mine of a night time and then leave them over night. I lay a towel out on a flat surface and just put each brush side by side, making sure that any brushes with bigger bristles have been smoothed out so that they dry in their proper shape. I like to leave them on a surface above my radiator as I just find that they dry a little quicker this way, meaning they’re ready to use by the morning.
So that’s it! I hope you found this useful and I’d definitely recommend trying out the Primark spray, it’s such a little lifesaver.