Washing your make-up brushes

10 January 2013

Something that a lot of us forget is to wash our make-up brushes. While that really is important! You use them daily, or some semi-daily on your face. They contain make-up residue, lay around and get dirty. The perfect place for bacteria. And to keep putting those bacteria on your face over and over again? No thank you! And maybe you will notice as well that after a while your brushes aren’t that soft anymore? Well that’s because of all the stacked up make-up residue. Time to wash them! And with washing I don’t mean putting them over a wet cotton pad to remove the color, but really washing them thoroughly. You can do that in many different ways: with a special brush cleanser, baby shampoo etc. My favorite way is to use anti bacterial dishwash soap and extra vierge olive oil. Yes that’s right, a big chance that will be in your kitchen cabinets! The dishwash soap really cleans the hairs but it also dries them out. That’s where the olive oil comes it: it doesn’t really clean but it takes really good care of the hairs of your brush and makes them super soft.

Je make-up kwasten wassen

What you need
– A plate
– Anti bacterial dishwash soap
– Olive oil (extra vierge)
– Towel
– Tap

Collect all your brushes and put a little bit of dishwash soap and olive oil on a plate. Put your brush in the middle of it and make a small round, so it has both the soap and the oil on it. Start rubbing the brush gently on the inside of your hand. The ‘lather’ will be dirty. Keep doing this until the lather seems to be clear. Rinse of your brush under the tap and squeeze it to see if it is really clean. If it’s not just repeat the process. Put your brush on a towel to dry. If you have brush guards you can put them in there (but make sure they are clean) and let them stand up with the hairs to the bottom, so the water will drip out of it. I don’t have brush guards but I like to put something under my towel so the water will drip out of it. Repeat this process with all of your brushes. Let them air dry overnight and they are ready to use again the next morning.

It would be ideal to wash your brushes weekly but to be honest I only wash the brushes I use on an almost daily base (powder, blush and buffer) every (or every other) week.

Question: Hoevaak en hoe was jij je make-up kwasten? / How often and how do you wash your make-up brushes?

Photos by me.

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  • Evey | Style Spy Sunday January 13th, 2013 at 06:34 PM

    Handige tip! Thanks for sharing 😀

  • Sas Friday January 11th, 2013 at 08:18 AM

    Leuk artikel. Ik gebruik alleen geen make-up kwasten… ^^

  • Nina Thursday January 10th, 2013 at 08:10 PM

    Leuk met die plaatjes! 🙂 Ik moet ook echt eens gaan beginnen eraan…

    • Shanti Thursday January 10th, 2013 at 10:15 PM

      Ik stel et ook altijd te lang uit..daarom doe ik nu de 3 kwasten die ik dagelijks gebruik maar wel iedere week, is in 2 minuutjes gepiept. maar weet je met 20 kwasten ben ik uiteindelijk maar 10-15 minuten kwijt geweest! En hoe vaker je het doet hoe minder vuil en hoe sneller schoon dus!

  • sistersandsisters Thursday January 10th, 2013 at 07:41 PM

    Super bedankje, ik moet me kwasten schoon maken maar wist niet hoe
    en nu door jouw wel hihi bedankt bedankt!