Quick & Easy Brush Cleaning – My Hints & Tips

Happy Sunday readers and welcome to my second post of the day! If you haven’t checked it out already, make sure you have a little read of my post all about my favourite face masks and let me know what you think.

I hope everybody has had a lovely first week of December and that you’re all getting in the festive spirit. I’m in that current state where all I want to do is curl up in bed with hot chocolate and a tin of Quality Street whilst watching Elf so to actually get around to writing blog posts, it’s a pretty big achievement for me.

15293249_1040952462681714_443860813_oI spent my afternoon today completing the dreaded task that is cleaning my make-up brushes because honestly, they were pretty damn grim and I just couldn’t put them on my face in that state any longer. I realised it had been a while since i’d cleaned them as quite simply, I don’t have time to do it that regularly. If anybody else has a constant busy schedule like me, cleaning brushes is the last thing on the agenda.

What are the best products to use?

15322561_1040952722681688_1897667845_oUp until today, I always used baby shampoo to clean my brushes because it’s cheap and cheerful. It did the job and kept my brushes in a good condition but I did get through an entire bottle of the stuff every time I cleaned all of my brushes because there are so many of them.

For the first time today, I tried something new to clean my brushes. I thought i’d give the Freedom Brush Bath cleanser a go and was so pleasantly surprised. The best way to describe it is that it’s like the Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm but for brushes. Not only did it clean my brushes better than what baby shampoo ever has, but it was so much quicker too. A task that would ordinarily take me about an hour was done within 20 minutes.

How does the Brush Bath work?

It’s so straightforward and simple that I could probably do it in my sleep. The Brush Bath is like a solid block of soap in the tub and all you do is swirl a damp brush around in the product for 2-3 motions and then repeat this motion in the palm of your hand, rinsing as you go. This will foam up so quickly and literally fully cleans a clogged foundation brush within seconds. As somebody who wears a full coverage foundation every day, my foundation brushes were quite frankly just embarrassing. I was even horrified by them myself and it’s my germs they were harbouring so to have a brush cleaner that stripped the product and sanitised at the same time, I was so impressed. Freedom, you absolute God sends for creating this product. The best part? This brush cleanser is only £7 and will honestly probably last over 12 months even if you clean a large number of brushes once a month. It also smells lovely which is a nice added perk!

What’s the best way to dry make-up brushes?

This is a question that I’ve been asked quite a lot by clients and other make-up enthusiasts. So many people ask whether it’s a good idea to dry them using a hair dryer and if you’re one of those people who have considered this, don’t put a hair dryer anywhere near them for the sake of your lovely expensive brushes. If you use any heat on them, the glue that holds the bristles in place will completely melt and the brush will completely fall apart in your hands. The best way to dry them is by lying them out flat on a warm towel and leaving them overnight. Not only will this allow them to dry using natural heat but the brushes will also still hold their natural shape. 15321467_1040952539348373_1598289542_o

What else can I do to keep my brushes clean?

Nobody will have time to constantly be fully washing their brushes which means that during that time, the brushes will build up with not only product, but also quite a few germs too. It’s important to spot clean brushes each week to stop the bacteria from building up. This technique isn’t quite as deep cleansing as when you shampoo the brushes but it still removes a fair amount of product and makes application of further products much smoother. The best product that i’ve found for this job is the No 7 Makeup Brush Cleaner. It’s available at Boots for only £8 which isn’t bad at all considering how little product is needed.


That’s it for my tips and tricks of washing make-up brushes so I hope everybody has enjoyed the read.

Thank you for coming along again and having a read and please let me know if you enjoyed it. If you have any questions, please feel free to pop them in the comments section and i’ll be happy to answer them the best I can.

Lots of love,

Georgia x

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