Tips For Brilliant Brush Cleansing

Spring cleaning buffs will love these dirt-busting tips

Hair & Beauty

Lets face it – there’s something rather therapeutic and slightly smug-inducing about having a freshly washed array of brushes and sponges. For those neat freaks among us, it makes us feel as if we have our lives in order – as we see all that glittery, greyish-brown grime disappear down the sink, leaving us with squeaky clean bristles for our troubles. And there are some pretty nifty new tools and accessories to lather up with. Even if it’s not your favourite thing – a weekly brush wash is essential for a hygienic make up kit (and prevent any break outs from using the same grimy brush again and again)… 

If you hear conflicting advice about what type of brush cleanser you should be using (baby shampoo, olive oil soap etc.) your best bet is to opt for a product designed specifically for the job. We love Beautyblender’s Solid Blendercleanser – ideal if you’re travelling and don’t want to risk a liquid product leaking everywhere. A small amount is all you need to work up a rich lather, while the soy-based formula is irritant-free. £14 BeautyBay

A foolproof way to wash your brushes is by wetting the brush, adding a small amount of cleanser and swirling the brush around in the palm of your hand to get all that product out from between the bristles, before rinsing. If you don’t want to end up with parched, dry hands for your troubles, why not try Sigma Beauty’s Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove? Pop it on and clean your brushes as described above – not only will it protect the skin on your hands, but the multi-texture surface will ensure they get thoroughly clean in the bargain. £30 Cult Beauty

Lastly, all you need do is gently separate the wet bristles, partially dry with a paper towel and balance them off the end of a table top (with the brush heads placed over the edge so they can dry without losing their shape). They should be ready to go a day or two and you can let the smugness commence … 

And for more brush (and sponge-cleaning) tips check out this nifty how-to, featuring a home-made remedy from vlogger Kathryn Bedell … 

 
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