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How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

A great set of make-up brushes is essential if you want to create a flawless complexion and head-turning beauty look – you can discover our favourite must-have make-up brushes right here. Because you’re most likely using them on a day-to-day basis, knowing how to clean your make-up brushes is not only essential if you want them to last the distance, but is crucial if you want your complexion to be healthy and luminous.

Make-up brushes are notorious for harbouring bacteria. And if you forget to clean your brushes regularly you could end up subjecting your skin to unwanted breakouts, congested pores, and irritation and inflammation.

To help keep your skin glowing and healthy and to keep your brushes in tip-top condition, here are our top tips for how to clean your make-up brushes.

How to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

Bobbi Brown Conditioning Brush Cleanser ($40); Sephora Collection Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner ($14); MAC Brush Cleanser ($30); MECCA MAX Sponge & Brush Shampoo ($22); Clinique Makeup Brush Cleanser ($37)

How often should you clean your make-up brushes?

Unless you’re a make-up artist, you don’t need to clean your make-up brushes each time you use them. Instead, you should aim to give your brushes a quick clean each week and a thorough wash once a month.

If you’re borrowing someone else’s make-up brushes or lending your brushes to a friend, the make-up artist rule does apply: ensure that make-up brushes are cleaned before they are used on someone else.

How should I clean my make-up brushes?

A great spray-on make-up brush cleanser should do the trick for your once-a-week clean, provided you’re the only one using them. Look for an antibacterial spray, such as MECCA MAX Brush Refresh Mist that has been designed to get the job done quickly. Simply spritz onto your brushes and then used a tissue or cloth to remove make-up.

When it comes to your monthly clean it pays to invest in a make-up brush shampoo. Avoid using household detergents as they can destroy the bristles. Gently work your chosen cleanser through the bristles before running through warm water to rinse thoroughly.

Although it can be tempting to speed up the drying process with the likes of a hairdryer, applying heat to your brushes can damage the brushes and change the shape of brushes. Instead, find a flat surface, such as a table, and lie them flat with the bristles overhanging the edge of the surface so brushes maintain their shape as they dry.

How to Create the Perfect At-Home Spa

Before you even start thinking about which indulgent beauty products you’re going to use in your at-home spa routine, it pays to think about your at-home spa space first. Think about the last time you stepped foot in the spa – what was the environment like? How could you recreate that in your own home?

Declutter and set the scene

Spas tend to be warm, welcoming and nurturing environments that are free of clutter. One of the best ways to start setting the scene for your perfect at-home spa is by eliminating any clutter. If your bathroom is to become your pampering zone, give it a quick clean and tidy up. Once that’s done you can get started on setting the mood. There’s no right or wrong way to go about this as every individual switches off in different ways. For some, it might be a lit candle, others might light 10, then draw a bath, read a book, listen to soothing music or make a herbal tea.

Ritual not Routine

If your beauty routine is causing you stress, it might be time for you to rethink your approach to skincare. Rather than being a source of stress, the beauty products that you choose to use each day can actually offer a moment of escapism. Instead of treating the steps in your skincare regimen as a routine, try thinking of them as 
a ritual and respite from 
the day that’s ahead of, or behind, you.

Make a Date

Creating the perfect at-home spa can give you something to look forward to so why not schedule it. Set aside time to focus on yourself 
and stick to it – no excuses.

Get offline

At-home spa time means 
it’s time to put all your devices down and get offline as disconnecting allows us to reconnect with ourselves. When you do use your devices, think of them as 
your servant not your master. Stop scrolling through Instagram mindlessly and instead use your device to help you unwind – put on a meditation app, take a pause and allow your thoughts to settle and your stress levels to reduce.

Little Things Count

Incorporating small rituals into every day can help maximise “me” time and transport your senses to the relaxing and rejuvenating 
spa environment. Try placing an essential oil on the floor of your shower. Each morning when you step into the shower you’ll get that beautiful aroma that will take you back to your last spa appointment.

Add some finishing touches

Finished with your face treatments and skincare? Try massaging a luxurious body lotion into your hands and feet, as well as adding a lip balm or lip mask so you’re not neglecting the areas we sometimes forget about.

Our At-Home Spa Essentials 

1. Set the mood with a Boy Smells candle. Our pick is Petal ($54) which features earthy and floral notes of rose, sage and patchouli.

2. Don’t forget to pamper your body too! Dr.Hauschka’s Birch Arnica Energising Body Oil ($47) refreshes the body and maintains moisture levels, leaving skin soft and supple.

3. There’s a reason that Sisley‘s Black Rose Cream Mask ($200)  a cult following – the soothing mask really does what it promises. It quickly refreshes, rejuvenates, plumps and smoothes complexions that are in need of a pick-me-up.

4. If you’re looking to see some serious results from your at-home spa, don’t go past Dermalogica‘s Rapid Reveal Peel ($159 for 10). The powerful, fast-acting formula speeds up cell renewal and sloughs away dead skin cells to reveal radiant skin.

5. Snowberry Soothing Facial Massage Oil ($36) rejuvenates skin with a revitalising blend of precious plant oils that are packed with healing and anti-ageing plant properties.