Have you ever thought about cleaning your make-up brushes? Yeah, no one has. We always want to buy expensive face cleansers to make sure our faces are cleaned properly and have no make-up residues, but rarely anyone ever thinks about the fact that the make-up brushes we use every day have layers of face oils, old make-up, bacteria, and many other nasty things, that you put on your face again and again every day. All of these things can cause serious problems to your skin, such as clogged pores, irritation, viral infection spread, etc.
Not to mention that a dirty and layered with old make-up brush makes it hard to apply your new make-up, and you eventually throw away your expensive brush and go out and spend money on a new one.
If you want to stop spending money on new make-up brushes this often and want to prevent skin problems, I would strongly recommend cleaning them. And there are some very simple ways you can do it at home, and without having to spend money on a make-up brush cleanser, and it will not take up much of your time, and it will be harmless to your brushes.
For these simple tricks you can either use some things that are already in your home, or you can buy them, and they will last you a very long time. I am talking about baby shampoo and extra virgin olive oil, and essential oils. Yes, these are the magic cleansers you need for your make-up brushes. They are efficient and harmless for your brushes, and just as delicate as them.
One thing you can do is simply put a little baby shampoo in your hand, or in a bowl, mix with water and swirl your brushes in the shampoo. When it gets foamy and you think it is done, rinse the brush under running warm water. You can repeat this until the rinsing water is clear. You will see how dirty your brushes are and what you have been touching your face with every day. This is a technique that I learned from BestLondonCleaners Finchley.
Another thing you can do is similar, only you mix water with extra virgin olive oil in a bowl. And again, swirl the brushes and rinse under running warm water.
It is important to leave your brushes on a towel to dry overnight.
What else you can do is make your own make-up brush cleanser, and take care of your make up brushes every day, to prevent them from getting very dirty, and to prolong their lives. For a make-up brush cleanser, all you are going to need is some water and essential oils. Get a small spray bottle and put 10 drops of tea tree oil, 5 drops of an essential oil of your choice (depending on what scents you like) and fill the bottle with water. Then every day after applying your make-up you can spray your brushes with this and wipe them off with a paper towel. Add this to your everyday make-up routine, it does not take a lot of time, and you will get to enjoy your clean brushes for a very long time.
I am a fan of using natural and safe products when it comes to my beauty tools, and I would recommend you using the ones listed above as well, instead of spending money on store-bought cleansers for your brushes. You can use baby shampoo to clean other tools as well—eyelash curler, combs, etc.
You will surely notice how much better the skin on your face will feel when you use only clean brushes. It is easy and quick to clean them, so do it once every month or every two months. You will notice that your skin breaks out less frequently, and that it does not feel dirty all of the time. Plus there are a lot of infections that can be caused due to dirty make up brushes—pink eye, herpes. By using dirty brushes you are applying germs and bacteria to your face daily. A clean brush will not cause acne break outs or other skin infections. A clean brush will do its job properly—apply your make up without adding bacteria to your skin. A clean brush will not irritate your skin and make it more sensitive
We should pay more attention and care for our make-up tools as much as we care about our faces. Because they are linked directly. Plus these tricks are very harmless to your brushes and to your face as well. They have no irritating or harsh chemicals in them, and will not damage the softness of the bristles.
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