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Saturday, March 26, 2011
Brush Cleaning.

 You use them every single day, whether to build up a flawless face, that intricate eyeliner or even a simple flush of blush. Whether your make-up brushes are cheap as chips or cost as much as fifty lottery tickets, a dirty brush will never be able to reach it's full potential as when its clean. Of course, its a mind-numbing chore but when it boils down to the fact that it probably contains old, crusty make-up with added dead skin and the grimy insides of your handbag/make-up bag, it really does need a bloody good clean. Especially if you want blemish free skin. Many people already know how to clean their brushes, but there are a few that don't, and the odd couple that do but can't be bothered - when really its very simple (and cheap.)

(my dirty bronzer & blush brush)

There are two types of brush cleaning, spot cleaning and deep cleaning, depending on what has been used and it will next be needed. 

Spot cleaning is where a daily brush cleanser is sprayed lightly on a brush, then dabbed on to a small towel or tissue to remove the product. This is perfect if you have few eyeshadow brushes but change colours often, for example it will mean that you will be able to use a brush on a light eye shadow, that has already been used on a dark colour; without ruining your make-up. I use the ELF Daily Brush Cleanser, which is a tad smelly but its inexpensive at £3.50.

(after spritzing and dabbing product away, just leave to dry)

Deep cleaning is more thorough, cleaning all product of the brush. There are many professional products on the market, from the likes of Mac. But i use Johnson's Baby Shampoo which is equally as good and very gentle (as well as very cheap!), so is handwash for anti-bactirial purposes; and hair conditioner to make brushes ultra soft. 

I firstly wet the brush, dab it into the shampoo, massage the shampoo in and rinse it under warm water. You should see the product has fully washed away when the water runs clear, although it is important to ensure that there isn't soap left on the brush!

(dip the dirty brush into shampoo to make sure it is throughly cleaned)

The most important tip to remember when leaving to dry is laying them flat. If left standing up, the extra moisture/water could sweep into the brush handle and loosen the brush hairs, creating them to shred. Which is a bloody nightmare. Just simply pat away the excess water, soften them into shape and leave them to dry over night. Then in the morning, your brushes will be literally good as new!

(shape the brushes, and leave to dry flat overnight)

Please do comment if you have any extra tips & i'm sure most of you are already aware of such methods!