We’ve all been there.
We’ve all been watching a beauty vlog trying to master the art of a perfectly painted eyebrow or contour, or reading about some look when the beauty guru tells us that we should really be washing our brushes and sponges. To be brutally honest I didn’t even know cleaning brushes was even a thing you should do until about three years ago.
Yes, it’s a pain in the butt, but it’s SO important. One of the biggest reasons to wash out your brushes and blenders is to get rid of the oils, bacteria and skin cells that can make a nice vacation home in the fibres. That’s right. All of that nasty business get trapped in the bristles and in the spongy material in addition to whatever makeup residue is left from the previous use.
Another really valid reason to wash your brushes is that it actually keeps them doing their job for longer than if you don’t clean them. Brushes and sponges are like tools- if you were a painter you wouldn’t leave one of your beloved paintbrushes on your work bench loaded with paint, would you? Unless you literally bought new brushes every day, you probably would dedicate time at the end of each session to wash them gently and store them properly. This same level of tlc applies to your makeup brushes, and while you don’t need to wash them out after every time you use them leaving in certain products can cause the bristles to become brittle and to not work how they should.
Washing your brushes and sponges on the regular can also help combat breakouts and skin irritations. Because of all of the gunk that can get trapped up in them, using brushes and blenders that haven been washed can cause your face to start to break our or even get rashes! ~*STORY TIME*~ Three years ago I was breaking out along my chin and forehead. Now, normally I have decently clear skin, so breaking out was not a normal occurence (now that I have a morning/nightly face care routine it’s even better but this was back when I could get away with not paying that much attention to my skin). I turned to the most reliable source I knew- the internet! In this case, it actually worked to my benefit, because this is when I learned that not only can you wash your makeup tools but you should in order to avoid things like the breakout I was currently experiencing.
So. Now that I’ve laid all of the gross facts on the table lemme tell you how I clean my brushes and blenders. I start the process by letting my tap water heat up to just past warm, while that’s heating up I lay out a hand towel or two (depending on how many brushes I’m washing). Next I grab a gentle soap, I typically use an unscented baby shampoo or one of my organic unscented soaps. The reason you don’t want to use a scented soap or a harsh soap is that it can not only damage your brushes and blenders, but it can also cause a reaction with your skin! You don’t really need to go out and purchase the specific brush cleaning soap- while they work really well they also tend to be really expensive so I go the less expensive route. Regardless of the cleaning product that you use, gently work it into the fibres and then wash it out with the warm water. I should also note that it’s important to get all of the soap out or else you’ll possibly be dealing with sudsy foundation or primer. Then, after you’re sure all of the soap is out lay them on the towels and wait for them to dry. I like to wash mine before I go to bed so they have all night to dry out.
I hope this was helpful, I’ll be posting soon about how I’m going to be keeping to a more regular schedule for posts so there won’t be as long of a time between them.