Tuesday, February 1, 2011

How To Clean Your MakeUp Brushes

Heya :)  So I get asked alot by clients and friends on how I clean my make up brushes, keep them in shape and how often should they be cleaned. So this update is simply going answer just that!

Sigma Professional Kit 
Which can he purchased here

I have 2 sets of brushes that I use. A set I use on myself and a set for using on my clients. 
After using my own brushes daily, I clean them down with a fresh baby wipe and wash out my foundation brush. But I give them a full clean each week or as often as needed.
With my other brush set I clean them thoroughly after each use as this is more hygienic and prevents cross contamination between clients. Sounds kinds disgusting to think about, but I prefer working with clean brushes!

Its really important to clean your brushes regularly as it will:
-Reduce the build up of make up residue.
-Minimize skin problems.
-Remove body oils and dead skin (nasty I know, but its true!!).
-Remove bacteria.
-Increase the life of your brushes.
-Help give you a flawless application to your make up.

What you need: 
-Baby wipes.
-Mild shampoo or anti-bacterial brush cleaner.
-Tea tree oil.
-Warm water.
-Sink or small bowl.
-Dry towel.

Ok so onto cleaning your brushes :) 

  • Fill your sink or small bowl with a couple of inches of warm water, (depending on how many brushes you have to clean). Add a cap full of shampoo or brush cleaner, 3-4 drops of tea tree oil and work to a sludsy mixture.
  • Place your brushes in the solution and gently rub the bristles between your fingers for at least 30 seconds for each brush. Try not get the ferrule (metal or plastic part, depending on the brush) wet as the water will soften the glue and the hairs may fall out of your brush.
  • Rinse each brush thoroughly in clean warm water, making sure to get all the shampoo residue off.
  • Pat the brushes dry with a clean towel. Lay them flat on the towel, reshaping the bristles. Keep them in a warm dry area. Do not dry your brushes with a hair dryer or heater as the heat will cause the glue to melt and your brush will fall apart! You may need to reshape the bristles again so that they reform their proper shape again. 
So that's it really, hope that update was of some help to ye. Let me know how ye get on. :)
Chat soon,
-Nadia x


  1. Hi Nadia,just dropping by to say hello!!!

  2. Hi Mary, Hope all is well with you, and you have a lovely weekend :)

  3. Thank you for sharing your tips with us, it really help me a lot because of your post, i need to clean may makeup brushes using your recommended products. Very useful and informative.. Thanks you so much for this tips!

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