Before I start with all the fun stuff, I thought I would get down to the dirty part first. Which is brush care!! These amazing tools can transform us into South Africa’s Next Top Model, but they can also take us back to those dreaded high school days, where we had “chorbs, zits, spots or pimples” whatever you want to call those confidence destroyers.

According to Dermatologists, we should be cleaning our brushes on a weekly basis, at least, in order to prevent bacteria buildup, which can ultimately lead to those unwanted breakouts (Eek).

So here are some common questions and answers for all you lovely ladies.


What do I clean my brushes with?

The best and most thorough method for cleaning your brushes requires only water and either a gentle soap, like Dove, a good quality shampoo (one for normal hair) or a good brush cleanser. Regular soap formulas can dry out the brush’s bristles, especially if they are made of natural hair.

I use Parian brush cleaner from PMU or a squirt or two of shampoo, in my Style Pro brush cleaner and dryer that I got from takealot. This little cleaner is amaze-balls but it is on the more expensive side.

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How do I actually clean my brushes?

Follow these simple seven steps for cleaner, good-as-new brushes, sponges and blenders.

1. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water.
2. Place a drop of makeup brush cleanser or soap into the palm of your hand.
3. Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm.
4. Rinse the bristles.
5. Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
6. Reshape the brush head.
7. Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter, thereby allowing it to dry in the correct shape. Never let your brushes dry on a towel — the bristles can become mildewed.

See that was easy, peasy and so worth not getting a big zit!

Mid-wash, please keep the base of the brush head away from soap and water. The bristles are glued to the base, and water and detergent can cause the glue to disintegrate and the bristles to come loose and shed. Do not dry vertically — this will cause water to leak into the ferrule (the piece that joins the bristles to the wand), which will also loosen the glue and lead to bristle loss. You don’t want to look like you kissed your dog or cat and forgot to dust off their fur, yes this has happened to me personally.


How often do I need to replace my blender or latex wedges and/or sponges?

Regular makeup sponges (the inexpensive kind that come in bulk bag from Clicks or Dis-chem) aren’t meant to be reused. Microbial-resistant sponges, such as Blenders, on the other hand, are meant to be reused and can be safely used for three to four months. As with makeup brushes, make sure to clean your Blenders at least once a week, as the sponge can become filled with skin cells and bacteria can overgrow in that area. For those that don’t know, Blenders are those weird looking sponges that look like some sort of sex toy, crude I know, but when you see one you will know what I mean.


How do I store my brushes?

Some people prefer to keep their brushes in a bag, but I prefer to keep mine in a cute little cutlery organiser, I bought from Mr Price Home. They get fresh air and there is no risk of mould or mildew forming on them. It’s also easy to see them at a glance and I don’t spend ages looking for a specific brush.

My next article: Best brushes, sponges and blenders to buy, to fit all budgets.


Author: Mel Martin