suds up your brushes, save your skin

I’m willing to bet you’re a dirty girl. Sure, you wash your face…but do you clean your makeup brushes? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Makeup brushes, especially if you use them every day, are the perfect home for dust, oil and bacteria. According to Catherine Marovich, director of Sephora Brand, “The best way to prevent acne is to wash your brushes”. It’s an oft-forgotten step that only takes a couple minutes to do and will result in silky smooth and clean brushes you can feel good about putting against your skin.

Step 1: Rinse your brush under lukewarm water.
Ensure the brush is saturated.

Step 2: Squirt a few drops of a brush cleanser or gentle baby shampoo in to the damp palm of your hand.
I used Quo Purifying Brush Shampoo.

Step 3: Swirl the wet brush into the cleanser.
The soap will quickly foam and darken with product. Rinse the soap off periodically, squeezing excess water from the brush. Your brush is clean when the water squeezed from your brush is clear. If the water is still murky or coloured, add more soap and repeat.

Step 4: Lay brushes flat to dry.
Yes, they’ll look funny. Don’t worry – you can fluff them up again once they’re dry.

That’s it! You’re done. Don’t you feel better now?

Curious about my brushes? They’re a combination of Quo, Stila and Sephora Professional. My bronzer brush is an eco-friendly bamboo-handled brush from my local drugstore. The towel is from Anthropologie and the silver vase was part of a centrepiece from a wedding I was in!