So first, I have to tell you about my weekend and then we’ll get to cleaning brushes. Remember that “What’s In My Bag?” post I’ve been teasing with you all for the past week? Well, I go to upload my You Tube Video and all my photos from my computer and I sit down to write all this awesome content for this feature and then BOOM! The worst happens. My computer completely shuts down. Panicked, I plug it in hoping and praying it didn’t lose my work. Thinking the battery had just died, once I plugged it in I go for the power button. I hear the click it usually makes when it starts up and then I wait. What do you know, it doesn’t boot up. The screen is completely black. No apply Mac chime. No lit up Apple on the back. After doing several resets, I finally give up. It’s toast. Gone. All my work GONE! “Well, Cassie, didn’t you back up your work?” I wish! You see, I’m in the middle of a move and my external hard drive is somewhere in storage. Instead of searching for it, I decided to be lazy and hope this exact thing doesn’t happen. Boy was I wrong. So there you have it. The “What’s In My Bag?” feature will be postponed until I figure out how to get it off that hard drive and onto a new one. You can bet your sweet face that I will be backing up my work from now on!!!
So that’s my weekend. How is yours going?
I wanted to write a quick post for you guys and show you my brush cleaning routine because, well, cleaning your brushes is super important. Not only is it unsanitary and even dangerous for your skins health, but it is also a great way to ensure your brushes longevity.
Here are the steps to clean all your brushes every time!
There’s a difference between cleaning your brushes after every use and deep cleaning your brushes several times a week.
After each use:
Step 1: Okay, so you’ve done your flawless face with foundations, eye shadow, that really sparkly highlighter, and it’s time to clean your brush so you can use a fresh one tomorrow morning. Choose your brush cleaner of choice! I use Clinique’s Makeup Brush Cleaner. It’s very gentle on the bristles and it helps get all that makeup off.
Step 2: Spray your cleaner on the bristles and get a paper towel ready.
Step 3: Pat your brush onto the paper towel. Swipe your brush back and forth until you see the makeup coming off onto the paper towel.
Step 4: Repeat step 3 for optimal results.
Step 5: Lay your brushes flat to dry.
Step 1: Alright ya’ll. You want to deep clean your brushes at least 3-4 times a week depending on how much you use them. In this step you will use a Shampoo and a Conditioner. Another alternative is a cream facial cleanser.Think about it, if it takes your makeup off your face then it will do the same for your brushes.
Step 2: Run warm water through the bristles.
Step 3: Squeeze a dime size of (hair) shampoo (or your cleanser) in your palm and begin swiping your bristles through the liquid. This will break up the makeup particles. Be sure to not shampoo the stem leading up to the bristles. Pat the brush in the soap and rinse with warm water. Squeeze the bristles together lightly to remove any excess soap and water.
Step 4: Repeat step for using Conditioner instead of shampoo (or cleanser). Conditioner will help condition your bristles. Kind of how conditioner conditions your hair? Makes sense right?
Step 5: Take a dry paper towel and pat the bristles.
Step 6: Lay flat to dry.
DO NOT CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES WITH HAND SOAP!!! This will strip the bristles of any antibacterial properties. Your brush won’t live as long.
Remember ladies, you don’t want to use dirty, bacteria infested makeup brushes on your beautiful skin!!! This will cause breakouts and much more.
How do you clean your brushes?
Thanks again for stopping by. Stay tuned for “What’s In My Bag?” It’s coming you guys! I promise!