Since it’s the New Year – and we’re all focused on keeping our New Year’s resolutions (at least for a few more weeks) – I thought I’d kick things off with a beauty-related resolution I made for 2015. I desperately need to get better at regularly cleaning my makeup brushes.
Dirty makeup brushes can sabotage your skin. The more you use them, the more oil, dead skin, bacteria and old makeup build up. And that can translate to breakouts, blackheads and other skincare setbacks. No one wants that, right??
Plus, your grimy brushes are also undermining the performance of your makeup. Think about it: when you dab your brush into a blush and apply it to your cheek, a little color gets left behind on the brush. The more colors you use with the same brush without cleaning it, the muddier your makeup will get. It’s like mixing a ton of different shades of paint together; the more shades you mix, the more likely you’ll end up with brown or grey.
In a perfect world, we should all be deep cleaning our brushes every two weeks. Do I follow that rule? Nope (and thus the New Year’s resolution). If I’m lucky, I do it every three weeks – and even that’s a stretch.
When it comes to deep cleaning your brushes, a gentle shampoo – like baby shampoo or a “pure” shampoo – works just great. And if you want to splurge, I also love MAC’s Brush Cleanser. (As an aside, I recently tried out a recipe for a homemade MAC cleanser, found on Pinterest. Let’s just say that it didn’t knock my socks off … Don’t you just hate it when the stuff you find on Pinterest doesn’t work out?)
A great way to maintain your brushes in between deep cleans is by using a daily spray brush cleaner. While I’ve never tried these sprays before, it seemed like a great way option for sticking to my resolution. Continue Reading…