Tuesday, 21 August 2012

[Guest Post : Tattooed Tea Lady] Do You Clean Your Make-up Brushes?

The first of three guest posts that will feature on my blog while I'm away in sunny Spain! Introducing, the lovely 'Tattooed Tea Lady' aka Sophia! I've admired Sophias love for skincare and very detailed posts for quite some time now, and as we share that mutual love I felt it only right to ask if she'd like to guest post for me. Luckily enough, she said yes! So here you have one of my favourite beauty bloggers doing their thing right here! You can find Sophia & admire her lovely blog here, on Twitter & HelloCotton - so be sure to check her out!

Cleaning your brushes is to me, as important as my skincare routine. Our makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria and germs, and considering we use makeup brushes on our face every day, it is extremely important to keep them as clean as possible. Everyone has a different routine for keeping their makeup brushes clean, this is mine!

Once a week, sometimes twice, I will wash my makeup brushes. The brushes in the photo above are my most used makeup brushes; the entire Real Techniques Core Collection, a MAC 190 foundation brush and a cheapo eyebrow brush. This is how they look after three days of use. Disgusting, right? There are two steps I follow to keep my makeup brushes clean.
Step 1 – E.l.f. Brush Shampoo

The main product I use to clean my makeup brushes is the E.l.f. Brush Shampoo. It is an anti-bacterial brush cleaner which thoroughly cleans your brushes. I find this works best on brushes which have been used with powder products. For my foundation brushes, my eyebrow brush and my concealer brush, I first wash them with oil which helps to remove all of the more liquid product from the brush, before using the E.l.f. Brush Shampoo.

Step 2 – E.l.f. Daily Brush Cleaner
This is a step I use in-between washes and I use it straight after using each brush. I spray the E.l.f Daily Brush Cleaner onto my brushes to keep them clean between washes. It is an anti-bacterial daily brush cleaner for quick cleaning in-between makeup applications. It disinfects brushes to provide a fresh and clean application every time.

I don’t think I could ever not wash my makeup brushes. Keeping them clean not only prevents them from building up germs and bacteria, but it also helps prevent spots and blemishes, as it doesn’t aid them in forming. And don’t the brushes just look so much better and lovely when they are sparkling clean? I really enjoy washing my brushes and it’s something I make sure I do at least once a week. A good tip for larger makeup brushes is once you have washed them, wash them again but with conditioner; this keeps them beautifully soft!

Thank you Samantha, for letting me do a guest post on your blog. I hope you and your lovely readers enjoyed it! If you clean your makeup brushes, what products do you use? I’d love to hear what works for you. If you didn’t wash your brushes before now, do you think you will now? Let me know!

You can find me over on my own blog which is Tattooed Tealady, and I also co-run a weight-loss blog called Bloggers Go Skinny. Alternatively, you can also find me on Twitter, I’m always happy to chat so send me a tweet @tattooedtealady!

Love, Sophia xo


  1. Great post, what kind of oil do you use to clean foundation brushes with first. I can never seem to get my foundation brush very clean!

  2. I use just normal olive oil from the kitchen :) xo

  3. Ooo, will have to give this a try, thank you :)

  4. I love real techniques brushes but they're not sold in italy :(
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  9. I use E.l.f Daily Brush Cleaner, too. It is fantastic product. I am professional make up artist and cleaning my brushes is really important. Thank you for sharing this post. Greetings!


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