Tuesday 11 September 2018

The Tuesday Tip: Bacteria-Free Brushes

A makeup brush can be your best friend, as well as your frenemy. Brushes can make cosmetic application an absolute dream, however did you know that they can rapidly accumulate bacteria, dust and dirt? Well they can girls, so start shitting yourself...

Dirty makeup brushes can contaminate both your cosmetics and your skin, aggravating underlying skin conditions such as acne and eczema. If that isn't enough, dirty makeup brushes can also effect how a product applies and looks on the skin. For these reasons, cleaning your brushes regularly is very essential!

I recommend giving your brushes a deep clean once a week with a product like the Real Techniques Deep Cleansing Gel 150ml (£7.49 Superdrug). To keep them fresh in-between washes, I recommend spraying them with a good no-rinse brush cleaner after every use - the Dior Brush Cleanser (£17 feelunique.com) is great!

To give your brushes the best clean, simply wash each one individually in a bowl of warm water (or under a running tap), using either a gentle shampoo or brush cleaning solution. After all the oil and dirt has been removed, give the brush a final rinse and squeeze out all the excess water. It is best to clean makeup brushes in the evening so they can dry naturally overnight.

For those of you who are short of time - or just patience - I recommend investing in the StylPro Original (£39.99 feelunique.com). It is a brush cleaning device that deeply cleans makeup brushes and dries them in under a minute. The device simply attaches to your brush handle and spins it clean like a washing machine! You simply add a little brush cleanser and water to the bowl provided and take the brush for a spin in the solution. Once all of the dirt has been removed, you pull the brush out and spin it dry!

As for which brushes you should have in your kit, I swear by Real Techniques, if you're on a budget, and Illamasqua if you're blowing it!

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