Cleaning Make Up brushes

Why is it so important to look after your make-up brushes, sponges, beauty blenders or what ever you may use for make up application?

They are used everyday by most of us but unfortunately we tend to not take care of them.

If like me, you have expensive brushes, I consider this a good investment. You will have good quality tools to do the job. These tools have to be washed and cleaned regularly to ensure longevity but also in this case to ensure there is no spread of bacteria on the skin. This is especially important for people with problematic skin. However, in my experience, I hear most people are using shampoos etc to clean them and with out the antibacterial spray, this, in my honest opinion, is just not enough.

If you have problematic skin then this is one of the best things you can do to ensure you are not spreading bacteria and you are giving your skin care products the best possible chance to work.

So whats the best way to clean them?

  • I like to use Liquid Castille Soap to clean mine. It’s very gently but effective at the same time.
  • The oil in our make-up brushes is attracted to the oil in the castille soap making it a lot easier to remove.
  • Massage the brushes and applicators with the castille soap and the makeup will start to break down.
  • Then rinse the brushes and sponges repeatedly until the water runs clear.

Following this I like to spritz my brushes etc with something anti-bacterial to ensure there is no chance of contamination. For this I make up a spray using witch hazel and a couple of drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and allow to air dry.

For any of our customers who have been following our Sister company Skin Formulas, or who may have these exact products as part of their skin care routine already, I can highly recommend that you try cleaning your brushes/sponges with Oil & Milk cleanser and then follow this up with a spritz of Clear. 

Apply the Oil & Milk to the brush while dry and once all foundation etc has been removed, rinse well under water.

I suggest you pop a small amount of Clear into a small bottle with a spritz top and spritz after each make-up application and between each weekly clean, this will ensure your are doing your best to keep the bacteria from building up.

So to recap we should be cleaning all our brushes and applicators once per week and spritzing every day between applications.

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