When I first got make-up I was thrilled! I loved the new glow it added to my face, not to mention how well it covered up blemishes! However, after a month or so I started to not like the look the make-up gave me. It appeared streaky, powdery, and it started to cause lots of acne!
I began to blame the make-up, thinking it didn’t last long and was a terrible brand, however after I did some research, I found that it had nothing to do with my make-up, and everything to do with my brushes! When you think about it, you don’t leave make-up on your face for more than a whole day, so why would you use a brush that has left over make-up from months ago!
It is suggested to clean your make-up brushes anywhere from once a week to once a month, but if you don’t have time (or are just lazy like me :)) then wash them when you begin seeing signs they are dirty! Like I mentioned above, some signs is when your make-up appears to rub on streaky (when you can see the mark from the brush you are using), flaky, powdery, and/or causing acne.
My favorite way to clean my brushes, is to soak them in water, vinegar, and lemon juice. If you have an essential oil you can add that too-I use tea tree oil because it helps with acne! The following steps are quick and easy, it shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes, depending on how many brushes you have! However, the brushes can take a while to dry so I recommend doing this before bed so they can fully air dry. Also, I only use brushes for applying my make-up but this technique also works on sponges!
Step 1-Gather supplies! You will need a bowl, paper towels(or a regular towel), vinegar, lemon juice, water, and essential oil (optional).
Step 2-Combine all wet ingredients in the bowl. I am used to this recipe so I just estimate the amounts of each ingredients, but I would recommend 3 tablespoons of water, 2 tablespoons of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 2-3 drops of essential oil. Also layout your paper towel.
Step 3-Take a brush and submerge it into the mixture. Spin it, twirl it, then rinse it under water. If you have a thick brush and are worried you haven’t rinsed off all of the mixture, don’t worry! The ingredients in the mixture will not harm your skin, in fact vinegar, lemon juice, and tea tree oil have been found to help purify your face!! Repeat this step for all of your brushes. As you finish each brush set it on the paper towel.
Step 4-Let the brushes lay out on the paper towel to air dry. This could take one hour or so if you need them right away, but I recommend doing this at night so they can completely dry.
That’s all to it! Now you will have clean brushes and no more ‘bad make-up days’!
As always, don’t forget to stay Chic Neat and Sweet!