July 25, 2016
One of the fundamentals of being a makeup artist is having the kit, right? I could have all the makeup in the world, but without the right brushes it would be near to useless for me to try and apply it to other people. Don't get me wrong, my hands are the best set of tools God gave me and I don't have anything against using my hands for certain products, but trying to blend out a smokey eye with my index finger perhaps wouldn't make for the best look.
Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE makeup brushes, A LOT, I may even have a slight obsession, but I feel it’s warranted because of my chosen career.. (excuses, excuses).
The thing I absolutely detest is seeing a dirty or disfigured makeup brush; it makes me so sad. A brush can last a life time if you just look after it properly. You pay a little more for a good quality brush but the difference in performance is unbelievable - and they will last forever.
I helped someone (you shall remain anonymous) a few months ago to clear out her makeup stock, a trial in itself. After throwing away a mountain of oxidised foundations, gloopy mascaras and rock solid eyeliners we moved onto her brushes. I didn’t think this job would be as taxing as she only had four… One powder brush in particular, however, stood out in more ways than one. It stood ridged, unbending, unmoving, like a wire brush. I wondered if she used it for exfoliating? No, it was indeed ancient, uncared for, unloved, Rigor mortis had set in. Although the lady was very attached to it, it HAD TO go. The moral of this story is - be kind to your brushes, don't kill them off.
My motto: treat your makeup brushes like you do your own hair, wash them regularly, at least once a week, this will stop bacteria forming and spots arising. You know those little under the skin pimples we often get on our cheeks….? Have you ever thought the shape they form is uncannily similar to where we apply our blusher or bronzer? Urgh.
Anyway, I won’t bang on about it, but I will tell you how easy it is to clean up your little babies.
Step 1: use a gentle shampoo on the brush head (I use conditioner too, but that’s perhaps a little OTT)
Step 2: use warm water to rinse the shampoo off, taking care the water doesn’t seep into the handle of the brush as this will eventually cause the hairs to fall out
Step 3: reshape the brush head with your hands to its original shape
Step 4: lay brushes on a flat surface, close to an edge with the brush head protruding to allow it to dry properly
If you have any questions regarding brushes - please do ask and I’ll do my best to answer.
Thanks for reading. Have a great day.