Alright ladies. I know sometimes it is hard to put ourselves first. But this is what I am going to ask of you. This weekend give yourself some 'me time'. Whether that be a warm bath, reading a book you have wanted to start, painting your toe nails or plucking unruly eyebrows!
Okay, now that you've done something for yourself I need you to do something for your makeup routine.The other thing I'd like you to do is take a look at your makeup brushes. Some brushes I have seen make me feel like I want to open up a brush shelter. A place for neglected brushes to be brought back to their former glory. A place where I can take them, wash them, and bring them back to health. Ladies, if your brushes have never been washed since the day of purchase. Please, please, take the time to wash them.
How often should you be washing your brushes? I'm glad you asked! Concealer brushes, and foundation brushes should be washed every day, or every other day. The best product for washing them is dish soap. A gentle dish soap breaks up the oils and breaks down the product. Brushes that are used for powders can be washed every week - two weeks. Just remember: the cleaner the brushes, the better the application. Same with you sponge users out there. You know who you are. If your sponge looks like it could grow legs and walk away, please toss it! If you use a beauty blender, wash it. Brushes and sponges are better able to do their job when they are properly taken care of.
Brush basics. I thought I would take a picture of a brush and give you a little background info. The hair of the brush can either be made of natural or synthetic fibres. The ferrule is the metal part of the brush that glues the bristles to the handle. The amount of hair is what creates the density. When your brush starts to 'shed' - or lose hairs it is because the glue is starting to let go.
Washing your brushes.
When I wash my brushes I start by running my bristles under the tap. Make sure that you don't immerse your brush in water because you don't want to destroy the glue keeping your bristles in place.
Place some soap in the palm of your hand (about the size of a pea), and swirl your brush in your palm (gently). I like to do this because it allows the bristles to move and remove any excess product. Rinse and repeat until the water runs clear when you rinse it. If you have never washed your brushes be prepared to do this a few times.
Take your towel (an old hand towel will do) and roll one end up a little bit, like you would a yoga mat. Place the handle of your brush on the rolled part and lay your brush to dry. By rolling part of your towel you allow your brush to dry on a slight angle. This also prevents the water from eating away at the glue as the brush is facing down, so the water will not seep down towards the handle. Make sure to reshape your brush and that's it! By the morning your brushes will be as good as new!
As you can see by the picture above. I need to give my brushes a good wash this weekend. I'd love for you to do the same...and please don't forget to take some 'me time'.
If you have any questions at all, please ask!
Thanks for reading!
Favourite Bridal Makeup Artist
I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!