How I Wash My Make-Up Brushes

Hey Beautiful! I hope you’re having a wonderful day.

Today, I wanted to give you a tutorial on how I wash my make-up brushes. This process always works wonders for me, and never fails to make my brushes almost as good, and as clean as new.

IMG_2227I use a combination of brushes, but my main, go-to, and all-time favourite brushes that I use everytime I wear make-up are from Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman. I bought my Core Collection [includes a detailer brush, pointed foundation brush, buffing brush, and contour brush], brushes back in April 2013, and they are still in flawless condition. My Stipple Brush from e.l.f  is also a constant in my make-up routine.

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1. First, I start out by laying out a couple of thick pieces of paper towel next to the sink. This gives me easy access to lay the wet brushes out to dry.

IMG_22312. I then start by rinsing the first brush thoroughly until it’s completely saturated.

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3. Then, I squirt a couple of pumps of anti-bacterial, sensitive soap into the palm of my hand. I prefer to use anti-bacterial soap instead of make-up brush shampoo for a few reasons. Although make-up brush shampoo is great, I feel as though anti-bacterial soap really sanitizes the brush. Also, anti-bacterial soap is incredibly inexpensive, and is easily accessible as it’s sold pretty much anywhere.

I start by washing the brush in the direction of which it is used on my face [as seen in the picture below]. At first, I used to simply scrub my brushes, each in the same direction; however, I have learnt that when cleaning make-up brushes, you are able to remove more of the make-up by cleaning them in the motion that you apply the make-up on your face. This is because the make-up gets trapped in certain areas of the brush, depending on how you use it. Therefore, if you’re cleaning a stipple brush for example, it’s more effective to wash the brush in a stippling motion in the palm of your hand so that you can reach the dirt in the brush that gets trapped when you stipple it onto your face.

This process applies to every make-up brush – just change the direction of how you wash each brush, depending on the way you use it on your face – and mirror that technique onto your hand when washing.

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4. Once I have saturated the brush in anti-bacterial soap, and washed it off [I sometimes repeat this step depending on how long it takes to remove all of the make-up, and dirt trapped in the brush], I then rinse the brush thoroughly, angling the brush downwards. This enables the water to flow in a downward motion from the brush, instead of holding the brush upwards, causing the water to run into the metal area of the brush [causing rust, etc.]

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5. I then squeeze the brush to rinse out any excess water before placing it on the paper towel to dry completely overnight.

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I hope this tutorial has been helpful! Have an amazing day, beautiful!

nicki xoxo

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