How I store my makeup brushes

So, if you are like me and have a ton of different makeup brushes, it can get quite disorganised and messy on the dressing table and quite frustrating when you are looking for a particular brush and you just can’t find it.  I used to get really annoyed with them being in a makeup bag, or a drawer or just lying around.  So here is a simple way to store your makeup brushes, looks cute on your dressing table and most of all actually stops them from getting damaged : )

I purchased these vases from Ebay, (you can get them in glass or acrylic but personally, I like the glass vases) which you can get  for a reasonable price.  I also purchased these clear pellet granules which are super duper cheap, and really help to keep the brushes separated, and standing upright.   Fill the vase about a third of the way, and pop your brushes in.  So simple, organised and pretty.

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I love how it looks on my dressing table. See?

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Another little trick I have is to clean out glass candle jars once they are finished, and store cotton buds and cotton pads in them, just like this : ) How cute!

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How do you store your makeup brushes? I’ll see you soon. X.O.

How I clean my Makeup Brushes

How often do you clean your makeup brushes?  Every day, every week, once a month?   Sometimes we don’t find the time to clean our brushes but it is extremely important to do this on a weekly basis.  Not only for hygiene reasons but also to preserve the lifetime of your brushes.  Some of mine have been in my kit for 10 years and this is down to the way I take care of them.

I know it can be time consuming to clean your brushes, especially if you have a lot like me, but it is important and I wanted to share my routine with you.  You will need:

  • Kitchen Tissue Roll
  • Baby Oil
  • Shampoo
  • Small/Medium Sized Bowl.

So firstly, I take two sheets of kitchen roll, lay one on top of the other and then folder this into quarters.  I then soak the kitchen roll ‘pad’ that I have just made, with baby oil and let it sink in a little.  Next, I take my first brush and swirl it around on the baby oil which helps break down the makeup from the brush.  You will see how much makeup comes off from just doing this step!  This stage is really important as the majority of the makeup will come off onto the pad, which will save time later on.  So do this with all your brushes and keep changing the kitchen roll as each one gets soaked up with makeup.

I usually do this step in the bathroom sink.  First, you want to fill a small bowl full of warm water.   I then squirt a little shampoo into the palm of my hand and swirl the brush around and around trying to get all the makeup off.  I then dip the brush into the bowl and  rub it against the side to help clean each and every hair as well removing the shampoo residue.  With really dirty brushes, you may need to repeat this step.  As the water gets murky, refill it with fresh warm water as you go.

Once all the brushes are done, I lay out each brush on a towel on my dressing table to help let them dry naturally.  Do not use any artificial heat as this will damage the brush hairs as well as the brush handles.

So that is it, it’s really simple yet effective and your brushes feel and smell gorgeous after.  How do you clean your brushes?  I’ll see you soon. X.O.

My Favourite Makeup Brushes and Why

We all know, to achieve a flawless makeup look you need good quality makeup brushes.  However, this doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy the most expensive brushes out there, as they aren’t necessarily the best.  Also, good quality brushes can have more than one use.  For instance, sometimes I use a particular eyeshadow brush to help me contour and/or highlight. It’s all about experimenting and what works for you and the look you are trying to achieve.

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So let’s start!

Foundation Brushes

Beauty Blender – ok, this isn’t a brush but it is the best invention ever and I hardly ever use anything else to apply my foundation. You will not get a more flawless look than with the beauty blender.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – so this is a brush and is the best brush I have ever used to apply foundation.  It will never leave a streaky finish which I find a lot of foundation brushes do, which is really annoying as you have to to go back in and try and smooth out the streaks with either your fingers or another brush.  Way too much hassle for me! You will not get this problem with the Face Expert Brush and is not expensive at all!

Over the years, I have collected and used a number of foundation brushes but these are the only two I ever use now.

Powder/Blush Brushes

Mac 129 Brush – I use this brush to apply blusher or sometimes face powder.  It just depends on the phase I am going through.  For either purpose, this brush has been a firm favourite for nearly 10 years and is still going strong.

MAC 182 Kabuki Brush – I love this brush, I use this to apply blusher, or bronzer.  Again perfect application of the right amount of product is achieved with this brush.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush – this is one of the softest brushes I own and like to use this for all over setting powder.  It deposits the right amount of powder to your face which avoid the cakey look.

Eyeshadow Brushes

Mac 224 Fluffy Brush – I use this brush for literally so many different things.  I use it to apply eyeshadow, highlighter, contouring (when I want to achieve a very defined contour) under eye setting powder…what else? I could not live without this brush and if I was stranded on a desert island with only one makeup brush, this would be the one!

MAC 219 Pencil Brush – This is great for smoking out eyeliner, or adding highlight to the inner corner of your eyes.  So soft and is the perfect size for both these purposes.

Makeup Forever Angled Brush [product number has rubbed off] – Amazing for winged eyeliner, but I used this religiously to fill in my eyebrows.  It’s so soft which ensures I don’t fill in my eyebrows too harshly and are just the perfect natural shape.

So out of my 50 or so makeup brushes, which I love, these are my firm favourites which are staple brushes in my collection.

I do have one more brush, which I invested in recently and I love it.  I searched everywhere for it as I believe it is sold out or discontinued.  It is the Nars Contour Brush.  I cannot explain how perfect your contour comes out by using this brush and it’s the easiest brush to use for contouring! It deposits the right amount of product in the right place and can be achieved in literally seconds.  I am so glad I came across this little beauty wonder, as I know it will be in my favourites collection for life.

So out of my 50 or so makeup brushes, which I love, these are my firm favourites which are staple brushes in my collection.

What are your favourite brushes and do some of your brushes have multi-purpose uses like mine? I’ll see you soon. X.O.