Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Keeping Make Up Brushes Clean

Hi guys!
So today's post is about keeping make up brushes clean and bacteria free. This is something that actually scares terrifies me and I hate doing… so much so that I used to never do this until I realised I was having terrible breakouts when my brushes had been left too long. I remember the days when I first started using make up and applied foundation with my hands and eyeshadow was applied with the little brush that come in the eyeshadow set (and the only mascara i used was a clead one because blak mascaras gave me spider lashes). I eventually moved on to using sponges and later moved up in the world, and purchased my first foundation brush. I was the first of my friends to get one of these and I distinctly remember being at a sleepover when I was 16 and applying my make up the next day and the girls literally couldn't stop laughing at me, because it looked like I was painting my face… needless to say they ALL own a foundation brush and couldn't live without one now!
Ok so back to the daunting cleaning process. About 2 years ago, I became an inglot addict and went through a phase of getting my make up done before every night out (I obviously had a lot of disposable income).
Inglot Brush Cleanser €10
I was talking to one of the girls about keeping brushes clean and she recommended using their brush cleanser. It costs about €10 and would last you a good 6 months if not more. At this time I also purchased a new foundation brush as the one I had was becoming a bit worn and I was in need of a new one (even though I had only had it a few months). Now take in mind I apply foundation every day and this inglot brush has now last me 2 years...that's 730 days. I don't know if this is because it's a really good quality brush or if me cleaning it everytime it has been used has helped to maintain it… probably a bit of both.
My Inglot foundation brush
So everyday after I use my make up brushes I'll use this brush cleanser, especially on my eyeshadow brushes… the last thing you want is to be applying an eye shadow and the black shadow from last night ending up all over your face, not a good look. I'll admit I can be lazy sometimes and not bother, but when they have been cleaned applying make up is so much easier. I usually spray a little bit onto either a pad or a baby wipe and use this to clean the brush. I prefer using baby wipes to be honest as sometimes the pad tends to fall apart. 
Once a month I'll give my brushes a really deep clean by washing them all and leaving them to dry on my window sill. I usually use shampoo to get everything off them and then use conditioner to keep the brushes soft. I've been told that baby shampoo is the best for this but I have always used whatever shampoo is in the shower at the time. By actually cleaning my brushes once a month and using the Inglot cleanser my brushes are all in top notch quality… including my MAC set which I got for 19th birthday 4 years ago!

Majority of my brush don't look at old as they are...
...Until you look at the faded names on each of them.
How do you keep your make up brushes clean? Have you tried Inglots Brush Cleanser?
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