10 Jul 2014

Battle of the Brush Cleansers

Happy Thursday Lovelies!

Today's post came to mind when I was in the middle of deep cleaning my makeup brushes and realised that I'm running short on both of the babies pictured above!

I'll be the first to admit that, for longer than I would care to say, I very very rarely cleaned my makeup brushes. I'd leave them be and wonder why my makeup was applying super patchy and eventually would end up buying a new version of the same brush - well done Grace, very savvy. Haha. You'll be glad to know that in my old age (I joke), my 'ain't nobody got time for that' way of thinking has gone out the window and I've come to my senses. 

Cleaning your makeup brushes is ridiculously important, not only for obvious hygiene reasons but also so that they can actually do their job and make you look flawless (you gotta say it like Beyonce).

However, more people than you'd think don't actually know how to clean out their brushes - sounds stupid, I know... but I was once one of those people! This is where the 2 beauties above come into the picture! I use both Johnson's Baby Shampoo and MAC's Brush Cleanser to keep my brushes silky smooth and clean! 

A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that they need to go out and spend all their monies on fancy brush cleansers - not the case ladybugs! 

The primary way you should be cleaning yo' brushes is by squirting a little baby shampoo in the palm of your hand (I use Johnson's), wetting the hair of the brush with some warm water, swishing the hair of the brush in the palm of your hand and then rinsing clean with some warm water! Simples! Your brushes will be out of action for a day while they're laying out flat to dry - so I like to do my 'big clean' on a Sunday after I've done my makeup!

Clearly not everybody has the time to do this on a daily basis and that is where my little bottle of pink magic from MAC comes into play! I use this stuff to spot clean brushes in between 'proper cleansing' - basically if I've been messing around with a dark smokey eye and my brushes are destroyed in black eyeshadow, I pop some of this on a cotton pad and swirl the brush around in it so I don't have any makeup mishaps the next day!

Overall, I honestly don't think there's much of a competition between these two... while the MAC Cleanser is great and it makes life so much easier during the week, nothing beats the feeling and application of brushes that have just been washed with some baby shampoo! Smooth as a baby's bottom!

What do you use to cleanse your brushes?
Any recommendations for quick cleansers?

Let me know in the comments!!

XO, G.

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