STOP squeezing soap out of that blending foam for the hundredth time in a row and read this!
Brush cleaning, just the best part of applying all that lovely makeup isn’t it? *eyes rolling*… Well as much as we dread this self imposed chore, it is a huge necessity. Like minimum 3 times a week necessity! Cleaning your makeup tools and brushes ensures you don’t get breakouts from bacteria. It is actually advised that your blending foam in particular be cleaned after every use (yup, super annoying!). This is because the foam literally breeds bacteria from dead skin cells from your face, and when damp it absorbs dust and germs when not in use.
Panicking yet? We hope so! The easiest way to clean your brushes and foams is with baby shampoo. It is so mild on the skin and won’t destroy the bristles of your brush. FYI baby wipes DO NOT rid brushes of bacteria so tell your makeup artist to wash that brush before he/she gets to your face after using it on everyone on the bridal train (for example)!
However, a great hack is to use oil first! Ah! Hah!
- Soak your damp brush/foam in olive oil or coconut oil for about 5-10 minutes. You can actually make a mixture of 2 tablespoons of oil and mix it into baby shampoo (3 tablespoons)
- Squeeze out excess oil/soap mix and rinse with water till foam stops coming out. Repeat until that brown foundation stain is completely off your blending foam and foundation brush. The stain comes off faster than using soap alone
- Wrap up the clean foam/ brush in a clean towel and let it air dry. Believe it or not someone we know once put 6 blending foams in a tumble dryer with laundry lol! The result was some kind of popcorn blending foam that crumbled slowly. (*DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME LADIES*)
Using oil breaks up the foundation particles and makes it easier for your soap to clean up the residue on your tools. Why buy a fancy brush cleaner when you can do this at home with little or no fuss??
PS: Don’t hold us to that line about ‘fancy’ brush cleaners in case we launch one someday *wink*
Let us know in the comments if you have any hacks you use to clean your brushes or your favourite, ‘fancy’ brush cleaning solutions please!
Lots of love,
The Trim & Prissy team!