October 23rd, 2014

My Brush Care Routine


My acne is currently the worst it’s been in almost a year, and I’m constantly battling trying to get it under control. This means I am being extra vigilant when it comes to things that could potentially make it worst, and number one on the list is hygiene!
Cleaning brushes is a pain, and I always used to put it off a disgustingly long time and then have to deep clean ALL my brushes at once and have none to use while they dried. Now that I’m on a hygiene kick, I’ve actually been deep cleaning my main face brushes every day, and making sure I at least spot clean my eye brushes after each use. It’s actually not nearly as much of an ordeal if you keep on top of it, because you’re only having to clean the brushes you’ve used! I just clean my foundation and powder brush every night while I’m getting ready for bed, it doesn’t take long at all, and they are dry for morning when I want to use them again.
I use the MAC brush cleaner for spot cleaning my eyeshadow brushes, and I find that if I put it in a little spray bottle I waste far less product, and it lasts me longer, as well as being a bit easier to use. I just spray a bit onto a cotton pad or wad of tissue per brush, and give them a good wipe. The spray bottle was only a couple of pounds from Boots, and it makes all the difference to how long my brush cleaner lasts!
For deep cleaning I use the Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap in Lavender because I LOVE the smell of this and I find it leaves my brushes really soft, as well as getting them cleaner than anything else I’ve tried! I used to use baby shampoo, but this is a lot more effective. I just put a few drops into my hand, wet my brush, and swirl it in the palm of my hand before giving it a good rinse. I repeat this until it rinses clear! Make sure you hold the brushes with the handles upwards, to avoid getting water into the metal bit and loosening the glue that holds the brush fibres in place!
I actually found the Dr Bronner’s Magic Soap in TK Maxx for £3.99, but I think it’s usually around £5.50, which isn’t bad at all!
What do you use to clean your brushes? Do you have a brush cleaning routine?

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16 responses to “My Brush Care Routine”

  1. Anya Cross says:

    The soap you use to clean your brushes sounds lovely! I've been wanting to try something new for ages as the one I've been using doesn't seem to really do the job!


  2. gleepface says:

    The Dr Bronner is really effective, definitely give it a try 🙂 x

  3. Hayfa says:

    I'm the exact same when it comes to cleaning my brushes! But you're right, the first thing to do when you're dealing with acne is just clean everything and then work on detoxing your face 🙂



  4. helen at thelovecatsinc says:

    i always notice a different in my skin when my brushes need washing! i definitely have more blemishes which go (a little bit) once my brushes are clean! great post 🙂

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  5. gleepface says:

    Definitely and it does seem to be helping a bit! x

  6. gleepface says:

    Thank you lovely! x

  7. Sarah TS says:

    I had some of the Dr bronner's magic soap, but have no idea where it has gone. I didn't like using it on my skin because it made it squeeky but i bet it works a treat on brushes! x

  8. Ninon says:

    I'm on a daily war with my unclear skin as well, and I always feel as if every time I try something new, it only helps for a limited span of time. 🙁 Hope you have better luck. Anyways, maybe you should see a dermatologist if your skin turns to dry from all the products… It happens, I've heard, and they have some great tricks.

    Still, luxury problems. Or hardly a problem at all when one looks as pretty as you do. 😉



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  10. Ria J says:

    I use Dr Bronner's to clean my brushes too. Sometimes I use coconut oil which leaves the brushes really soft 🙂

    Ria x

  11. gleepface says:

    Ooh you really can use coconut oil for all sorts of things can't you! I need to get myself some 🙂 x

  12. gleepface says:

    Thank you! x

  13. gleepface says:

    I have been to the dermatologist about my acne many times over the years and they really are quite useless in my experience unfortunately. I do seem to have a routine that's helping keep things at bay at the moment though, maybe I'll do a post about it soon x

  14. Tiffany says:

    I used to use the Mac brush cleaner, but found it to reek of alcohol. Switched to Dr Bronner's and LOVE it. I usually use the peppermint because I have a massive bottle for general purpose and I find that it cleans so well. You also don't need a whole lot of it – just a teensy bit.

    Tiff | AMtoPM

  15. gleepface says:

    Yeah I only use the Mac one for in between colours usually if I'm using the same brush when doing my eyes! The Dr Bronner's really does last forever, I just bought a huge bottle of the citrus one, probably won't need to repurchase for like a year! I use it as shower gel too when I run out x

  16. gleepface says:

    Thank you lovely! x

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