April 30, 2014

Makeup 101: How To Clean Your Brushes

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Hi, guys and girls!

Today is that dreaded day in every makeup artist/enthusiast/wearer's life. You know the one. It's the day that once a week,  you take out all your brushes and give them a bath.

 If you're not doing this, perhaps I should explain why you should be. There are several reasons:
1. Germs are gross, especially on your face. If you don't clean your brushes regularly, you're only spreading bacteria around. This leads to breakouts. 
2.  Clean brushes apply makeup better. All your colors come out truer and blend more seamlessly which makes you look much more flawless.
3. Keeping your brushes clean helps them last longer, which is especially great when you've invested a nice chunk of change on a new set. Regardless of cost, though, who wants to buy new brushes before you need to?
You know, I've been trying to do this post for the longest time but I just couldn't figure out how to capture the experience for you. Kinda sucks when you tripod decides to give up on life, so I have to hold the camera and take pictures with one hand, which explains my minimalist approach to photo documentation. Thank goodness for self-timers! Hopefully you'll get the gist.

So here's the supply list:
-Anti-bacterial hand soap  (clean and disinfect)
-Olive oil  (conditions brushes to keep them soft)
-A cup to hold your mixture
-Your hand or a dog bath mitt

I know you're look at this like "WTH, a dog bath mitt? You've lost your ever-loving mind." 
Hear me out, though.
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1. I already mixed together my soap and olive oil. Here you see my very dirty Real Techniques buffing brush.
Dip your brush into the soap mixture

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2. Swirl your brush around on your hand or dog bath mitt and watch all of the product start to come off. 

Here's my reasoning for the bath mitt- all the different sized nubs help to agitate the bristles and loosen up all the gunk and it seems to shorten my cleaning time. Bonus points because I don't get raisin hands from using it.  I got mine from Amazon, but you can find them at Walmart, Target and probably even the Dollar Tree for a good price. I think I paid $6 for mine.

3. When you rinse, make sure the bristles are pointing downward to keep water from getting into the handle and loosening the glue.  I didn't get a picture of rinsing because I've come dangerously close to dropping my camera in the water one too many times.

4. Squeeze your bristles (still pointed down) and keep rinsing until the water runs clear.

5. Reshape the bristles and lay flat to dry overnight on your towel.

VERY IMPORTANT: Do not store wet brushes with the bristles pointing upward. It will ruin your brushes. The bristles will start to fall out and your handles may come apart.

6. Once they're all dry, return back to your regular storage method. They are all ready for a new week of use!

I store mine in old candle containers filled with coffee grounds and epsom salt. I thought it looked pretty.

Well my loves, that's all I have for you today. Do you have any tips for cleaning that I may have missed? How do you store your brushes?

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Love and Lipstick,
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