Ok, confession time, I am shockingly bad at cleaning my make up tools. I dare not say how long it has been since I cleaned them as it’s embarrassing! It’s just one of those little jobs I never got round to doing, until now that is. There’s good reason to keep your make up brushes clean, they can harbour bacteria and dirt and when you are using them on your skin and close to eyes that obviously isn’t a good thing. You can also get chemical build up, so if you are in the process of switching to natural and organic make up alternatives, then it’s definitely worth reminding yourself to clean them often.
Cleaning your make up tools makes a great something for the weekend activity. As long as you don’t have any occasions to get dolled up for, you should have plenty of time to let the brushes dry completely before you need to use them again. I know that washing make up brushes isn’t rocket science, but when I came round to doing it I did want to check out a method that would clean them naturally and not damage the bristles either. Here’s an easy step my step method:
What you need:
- Liquid Soap like Dr Bronner’s*
- Olive oil (optional)
- Face cloth or towel
Fill a bowl with warm water and a squirt of liquid soap
Step 2 (optional)
Massage each of your brushes with a little olive oil – this helps to loosen any oily make up before washing. If cleaning other tools give them a wipe with some tissue as well if they have gunk on them
Wash each brush / tool separately in the bowl using extra liquid soap to get the make up out of the nooks, crannies and bristles. I put extra soap on the palm of my hand and then dab / rub the brush into it
Rinse under running water
Leave to dry on the face cloth or towel. You also might as well give your make up containers and bag a wipe and clean.
As I said, not rocket science but a useful method to remember, especially the olive oil part!
How often do you clean your make up brushes? Be honest! Have you heard of any other methods, tips or tricks?