Makeup Brush Cleaning

I will always admit I am super fussy when it comes to my makeup brushes and have always kept them super clean both for the sake of my skin and also for the longevity of the brushes themselves.

Why do I need to clean my makeup brushes?

If you think about it, makeup brushes and also sponges, are pressed, tapped and swirled into makeup, then they are bounced onto the skin, swiped over eyelids and onto the lips … then back into makeup and back onto the skin. Brushes and sponges accumulate bacteria, dead skin cells and oil, all of which is transferring between your face and your makeup! The bacteria and oils can clog your pores, leading to spots which really, we all want to avoid!

How often should I clean my makeup brushes?

Some suggest cleaning your brushes once a week, some once a month. Personally I think it’s mostly down to how often the brushes are being used and what they’re used for. For example, my foundation brush or sponge that is the first to touch my skin after my skincare needs to be super clean! I tend to wash these after every couple of uses, if not after every use! Beauty sponges are best used damp anyway so in cleaning it then air drying it, it doesn’t matter if its still a damp the next day as I’d be putting water on it anyway! A fluffy eyeshadow blending brush however, won’t need cleaning as often but equally, I still clean them once a week! If you’re unsure, just clean it!

What do I use to clean my brushes?

I have two brush cleaners that I use, one I would class as an ‘on the spot’ cleaner and one thats for a ‘full’ clean, and want to feature both on the blog so today is about Emel brush and sponge cleaning soap.

Emel Makeup Brush & Sponge Cleaning Soap
Emel Makeup Brush & Sponge Cleaning Soap

I first saw this cleaning soap on Instagram when it was recommended by Makeup Artist, Pauline Briscoe. Having checked it out, I decided to order one and see what it was like. In the past, when cleaning my brushes I have used a mixture of antibacterial hand soap and baby shampoo, which to be fair, was a bit of a pain to be doing with my own brushes let alone when cleaning my pro kit brushes after each job!

Created by Makeup Artist Emma McRae, Emel is a solid soap cleanser with antibacterial and deep cleansing properties. When I first opened the jar the first thing I noticed was the amazing scent which is lovely and citrusy with May Chang and Tea Tree, known for their antibacterial and antiseptic properties. May Chang is one of my favourite essential oils so I am LOVING this! The Coconut oil base helps to remove makeup from the brushes whilst keeping them in good, soft condition. It’s also Vegan and Cruelty Free.

Emel Brush & Sponge Cleaning Soap
Emel Brush & Sponge Cleaning Soap
How do I use the brush cleaning soap?

Simple to use, I run my brush or sponge under hot water, swirl it in the soap jar, rinse and leave to air dry. Any brushes that contain more stubborn makeup like foundation, I swirl it in the soap then scrub it onto a brush cleaning pad in my sink before rinsing and leaving to dry.

Emel Brush & Sponge Cleaning Soap
Emel Brush & Sponge Cleaning Soap
Where do I buy it?

I bought this from the Emel website priced at £12.00. If you’re thinking of trying this, do check it out direct and support this small business. To clarify, that link is not affiliated in any way!

How do you clean your brushes? Let me know in the comments below!

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