How to Wash Makeup Brushes

There are three types of women in the world. Those who have a brush for pretty much every step of their makeup routine, those who use two or three brushes and those who have only ever found the use for a blush brush.

No matter which category you’re in, you need to know three things;
1) Better quality brushes are an investment. They last longer, create a more flawless finish and are better for your skin
2) You need to look after your brushes if you want them to last the distance
3) Cleaning brushes is not an option, it’s a necessity
Our makeup brushes have been designed by professional makeup artists and are made from the highest quality plush natural hair. If you treat them right, they will last you a long time and will be one of the best makeup investments you’ve ever made.

Top tips to washing your ELES Makeup Brushes:
Frequency – This is not an annual event, you should be washing your brushes every 2 – 4 weeks depending on how much you use them.

Save on Cleaner, Spend on Brushes – There are plenty of great products out there designed specifically for washing makeup brushes but baby shampoo or even a face cleanser will do the same thing!

Lather, Rinse and Repeat – Do NOT soak your brushes! Apply a small amount of soap to damp to the bristles and lather it up a little. Next, rinse the bristles underneath warm water until it runs clear. You might need to repeat these steps several times if it’s been a while since your last clean.
LONG-LIFE TIP: Wash the bristles of the brushes rather than the whole brush to avoid loosening the glue and sending the bristles shedding.

Dry Rules – Once you’ve finished washing, gently towel the brushes then lay them flat across a towel to air dry. If it’s particularly cold out, you might want to use a blow dryer on a low setting  to take out some of the dampness.
NEVER stand them up to dry, it will cause your brushes to shed.

Store your brushes in a dry environment to keep them in good condition. Try not to store them in the bathroom where steam from the shower can dampen them. Investing in a professional roll-up brush bag will keep them in top condition.

That’s it! Remember, try to clean your brushes every 2-4 weeks to keep them in tip-top condition and they could last up to three years depending on how often you use them.

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