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Hands up, who's guilty of not washing their make-up brushes for a month? Two months? Six months? Ever? Okay, so no judgment here, but considering they cost more than our monthly phone bill to buy, we sure as hell want them to do some good and preferably last as long as possible.
Think about it, we wash our faces every day, and yet the things we're swiping all over them doesn’t get so much as a splash. The truth is after several uses, daily dirt, oil, dead skin cells and make-up residue (we’re not suggesting you’re filthy here - it happens to everyone) gets stuck in the bristles that the following morning you put back on your face. It’s a break-out breeding ground.
So we’re training ourselves to make washing our brushes a new habit. Urban Decay’s UK Make-Up Artist, Danielle Roberts, is also a master brush cleaner considering her tools get around a lot of faces, and has told us her brush rules to make sure we’re not merrily giving ourselves more outbreaks.
They say: don’t share your brushes. Ever.
It’s bad enough having to contend with all our own dirt and grime but someone else’s? Ew! So next time your friend asks to borrow your brush you’re totally in your right to politely say, NO WAY!
They say: you don’t have to splash out on a fancy brush cleaner.
Believe it or not baby shampoo is great and gives a deep clean. If your brushes have been left polluted for a while (be honest) then use a towel to gently massage the brush as you wash to shift any stubborn build-ups.
They say: clean brushes equal healthy brushes.
It’s not just the lack of cleanliness that causes problems, when not taken care of, the performance of your brushes suffers - especially brushes used with liquid and cream products. For example a foundation brush that has weeks or even months of clogged up hardened product on it will drag on skin rather than buff so you’ll be left with stroke marks, totally flawing that no-make-up make-up vibe you were going for.
They say: you only need to clean them once a week.
Once a week sounds a lot, but it saves time (and money) in the long run as the longer you leave your tools getting grubby, the harder it will be to clean them when you finally decide you can’t take them any longer (which will happen, trust us – we’ve been at brush-gate and it’s not pretty).
So start spreading some tool love ladies…