Make your makeup brushes FAB again

It's recommended that we clean our makeup brushes every 7-10 days and while there's a handful of you who are cleaning your brushes diligently, most of us can't even remember the last time we washed them. If you're guilty of this like we are, this circuit-breaker period is the perfect time to get started on all the things you’ve been putting off. From organising your wardrobe to casually window-shopping online from the comfort of your own home, and of course, cleaning your makeup brushes and making them look brand new again!

If your makeup is patchy, there's no better time than now to clean your brushes for smoother application. Start by getting all your brushes out, and we mean all of them. Take the chance to also toss your makeup pouch into the washing machine too, if it’s machine washable.

Step 1

Squeeze a little dollop of gentle shampoo into a glass or a mug, and fill it with warm water. Try not to let it foam–that way, you’ll be able to enjoy the satisfaction of actually watching your brushes get clean. If you’re the type who enjoys watching before/after videos, doing this in a sunny place with a clear glass will let you see the buildup of makeup emerge from the brush! If the water gets too cloudy, just pour away the soapy mix and start afresh for the next batch of brushes!

Step 2

It’s washing time. Plunge your brushes into the water and swirl them around! You can even (very) gently massage the bristles to remove the makeup buildup. At this stage, you might see little pink clouds of old blush or foundation start floating out of your brush—a sure sign that this brush-cleaning session is doing its job and getting all that old makeup out.

Step 3

Once you’re sure that you’ve got every single particle of old makeup out of your brush, you can rinse them under clean water until the water runs clear. However, when you squeeze the water out of your brushes, remember to do it gently to avoid ruining the delicate bristles!

Step 4

Here’s where the sunny area comes in handy. Lay your brushes flat to dry on an old towel in a sunny spot, and they’ll be good to go again in no time at all! 

Sure, this circuit breaker period might be for staying home and staying safe, but it doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. Cleaning your makeup brushes is always a good place to start. Plus, you don’t have to write off applying makeup during this time entirely—if you’ve got Zoom meetings to attend, adding a fresh touch of foundation or blush to look fresh on-camera is always a mood-booster! Read about how you can pull off an everyday makeup routine that’ll take you just 5 minutes to complete.