Cleaning your makeup brushes is VERY important.. For more than one reason. First, it's going to make them last much longer! Second, it's never good to continually be using a tool that has old product, face oils, bacteria, etc built up inside. It can cause your skin to break out.
It is a good idea to clean your makeup tools AT LEAST once a month. If you can manage weekly, more power to ya!!
Here is a super simple way to clean your makeup brushes!
Start off with your gently used (or MUCH loved & OVERUSED!) brishes. The bristles in the picture above originally had white tips.
Take a plate or bowl (I like to use a paper plate so I can just toss it when I'm done! ..how "green" of me..) and squirt a generous amount of baby shampoo on it.
Next, dab the tip of your dry brush into some of the shampoo.
Swirl around on the plate to start a lather.
Rinse/wet your brush. I gently press the bristles against the bottom of the sink under running warm water. Do this until all of the suds are gone.
Dab your brush into the baby shampo again. Using the palm of your hand/fingers, swirl your brush around to create another lather.
Beauty School side-note: "Rinse, lather, repeat"? It's not just a cute little suggestion, this is really how you should shampoo your hair! (And your brushes!) the first lather is removing dirt, oils, product, etc. The second lather is actually cleaning your hair.
Rinse under the running warm water again. You may have to repeat a couple more times - until the water runs clear out of your brush.
After the bristles are looking nice an clean (or the water runs clear) squeeze GENTLY. Get as much of the excess water out as possible.
Next, form the bristles back into shape.
Use a second towel rolled up (or something similar) to "prop" up the ends of your brushes. This is VERY important in order to help your brushes last a long time. If water seeps into the handle of the brush, it will loosen the glue that binds the bristles into place.
I typically let my brushes dry overnight, so try to plan ahead and pick a time when you won't need to use them for several hours!
I really like the white-tipped brushes so you can actually see that they are clean! It's obviously not necessary, BUT if you're looking to purchase some new ones, I recommend that as a "stipulation"!
I hope this inspires you to take a few minutes this week to give your tools some lovin'! When you do, snap a picture and send it to us or tag us on Instagram! (@luxewise) We want to be good stewards of what God has given us (makeup brushes included!) and we want to see you doing it too!!
Until next time, Luxey-loos!