Spring has sprung this week and it's high time I cleaned my make up brushes.
I am ashamed to say that whilst I try to resist slapping on make up with my fingers and use a selection of brushes, I couldn't tell you when I have cleaned them.
Disgusting. Sloshing around in the bottom of a wash bag is doing nothing for my skin when I reapply my make up each morning.
So for the first in a collaboration series #MummyMakeUp with my sister, (who is my beauty expert) here is how to properly and quickly clean your make up brushes.
This is the simplest and most effective way to clean your brushes as a busy Mummy. Just raid the edge of the bath.
Step 1 • Run your brush under a luke warm tap and place a blob of baby shampoo in your hand the size of a 50p piece.
Step 2 • Swirl the brush head around the palm of your hand in circular motions, so as not to disturb the brush hairs.
Rinse and repeat until the water in the palm of your hand is clear.
I used a shallow dish to show the muck coming out of my foundation brush. Yuck.
With flat or angled brushes stroke the brush forwards and backwards in your palm, rather than swirling it.
Step 3 • Dab your clean brush onto kitchen paper, to remove any excess water. You can also see if you have completely cleaned your brush, as the paper should not have any make up residue left on it.
Step 4 • Re shape. Use your fingers to gently manipulate your brush back into it's original shape before drying.
Step 5 • Lay your brushes on the edge of a plate or shallow dish. Do not stand them upright in a pot! Laying them at a slight angle pointing downwards encourages any left over water to flow down the brush head, rather than holding any excess in the brush hairs.
5 easy steps that take 5 minutes. Leave them to dry for at least half an hour before use.
My sister is coming to stay again next week so look out for another beauty post coming your way.