Friday, October 16, 2015

Make Up Brush Care 101

Make Up Brush Care 101

Make up brushes are an investment and as such with the proper level of care you can prolong the life of your tools. I'm not for one moment suggesting that you re-mortgage your home nor sell a kidney to afford the priciest brushes out there, rather make the most of what you already own. The past few years have been a learning curve for me (if only you could see my old make up brushes), let me share a few, simple tips I have picked up along the way, which may just see you clutching on to your trusty foundation brush for a few more years...

Deep Cleanse Your Brushes with Care
First of all chose a non-drying cleanser that foams and removes even the toughest of foundation (and eye liner) stains with ease - I personally rely on either baby shampoo, Dr.Bronner castile soap or Carex moisturising hand wash (you can find more of my favourite options within this post). Ensure that you massage the brush bristles rather than using scrubbing motions, never use overly warm water and gently squeeze out any excess moisture with a soft towel, before laying flat on a separate towel to allow completely. For the sake of hygiene (no-one wants to use a brush with a month of product gathered within the bristles) I would aim to deep cleanse your brushes at least once a week.

Go Easy
I've watched Youtube tutorials and of course seen other people apply make up on the go; every now and then I am gob smacked by how hard some are on their tools (and face). Make up brushes, sponges et al are there to allow for easier application, there is really no need to push a brush so firmly onto the skin that the bristles splay. Not only will you ruin the brush but you could cut or damage your skin in the long run. 

Store Your Brushes Correctly
Splayed bristles are the main cause for brushes piling up on the beauty graveyard for this reason alone I suggest storing up right. Don't worry about pretty storage, simply find a container large enough for you needs and pop them in and feel smug in the knowledge that you are taking care of your brushes. For on the go brush storage it may be wise to invest in a brush roll, rather than my old method of having brushes and excuse the pun, rolling around in the bottom of my bag. I would also avoid popping brushes into zip make up bags - I've lost and damaged so many brush bristles due to zip closures.

I know what you are thinking, glue? Due to washing, wet make up products and daily wear and tear, at some point a brush head may pop off your favourite brush. Rather than admitting defeat, why not try gluing the brush head back on and seeing if it can live to survive another day?

Hopefully it goes without saying that the above tips are of course mere guidance, if you find something else works better for you, of course continue as normal. As a matter of a fact if you have any further tips or pointers please feel free to weigh in via the comments.

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  1. I've glued my brushes back together before, and it worked really well for me!

    A Little Dose of Makeup

  2. Cleaning my brushes got a lot easier, when I bought the Beauty Blender solid soap. It cleans my brushes so well.If your looking for cheap but cute brush containers I got mine at IKEA, check candle holders or pencil/pen containers.

  3. I will cry the day my Bobbi Brown Face Brush dies lol,

    And I have been sworn off Dr Bonnars now, been getting spots for months and finally clicked that it was causing it. Yup the all natural product makes me break out. Yay.

  4. I wash my makeup brushes every week and found hair drying them afterwards helps keep them extra soft x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave | Blanx Teeth Whitening GIVEAWAY

  5. I cleanse my brushes with the brush cleanser and I tend to clean them while the water's running so I can see if there are any residue left while I dab them on my hand! xx

  6. Its really good.

  7. I have a sigma eyeshadow brush and the bristles are starting to splay, determined to not let it happen to my other brushes!! x

  8. With spots and blemished skin sometimes, I definitely think a weekly deep clean makes a huge difference - so much bacteria can get caught in the fibres!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  9. I've had to glue my brushes back together sometimes! It keeps them going for a while!

    Emily // Beauty and Lifestyle Blog



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