The Perfect Makeup Brush Cleaner You Already Own

You may double cleanse your skin, but how often are you cleaning your makeup brushes?

As a makeup artist it is part of my routine to clean brushes after each use. If a facial client at Rescue wants a makeup touch up, the last thing I would ever want to do is dust a freshly exfoliated face with a dirty brush. Squeaky clean tools are critical! At home I do my best to scrub my brushes often but don’t always keep quite as strict of a routine. Often when I feel my skin is looking a little lackluster, I know my brushes are due for a deep cleanse.

Cleaning removes dust, oil, dead skin, makeup pigment, and germs from your brushes. It is important for your skin that you wash your tools regularly. Once a week is a great goal if after each use is not an option. Any brush that you use with moist products like foundation, lip color or gel eyeliner must be cleaned more frequently than powder or shadow brushes (bacteria likes moisture). Also, brushes caked with products like foundation or concealer simply won’t perform as well during application.

There are some great brush cleaners on the market, but luckily there are a few things you already have at home that can do the trick.

  • Dish Soap – It removes oil and debris from your dinnerware and will do the same for your brushes. You can always find a great natural or organic version too! This is actually my favorite thing to wash brushes with. I use a professional brush cleaner in my kit, but I still like to rinse away any residue with dish soap. It’s a like a double cleanse for brushes!
  • Clarifying Shampoo – It removes product build up and residue in your hair and will do the same for your brush bristles. This type of shampoo typically isn’t meant to be used as a daily shampoo so it could be a great way to make use of excess product. Keeping your makeup brushes in the bathroom and close to the shampoo makes a quick brush bubble bath a little easier too.
  • Baby Shampoo – these shampoos are pretty mild so brushes may not get squeaky clean (i.e. they may retain some stains and residue) but you can at least rinse away a good bit of dirt and debris.

Just like washing your face, keep your water temperature warm enough to help rinse away cleanser but never hot. Hot water can break down the adhesive that hold the bristles together in the brush. If residue is super caked you can add a few drops of oil (jojoba or olive is great) to your brush shampoo. Finally, always lay brushes flat on towel to dry.

Well cared for brushes can last for years. Make cleaning your brushes part of your skincare ritual and you will love how beautiful your skin looks with and without makeup.

Rescue Spa Makeup Artist, April Read

 

6 New Incredible Ways to Relax In NYC

1. Walk the High Line

If it’s a nice day, take a stroll along the High Line! Walking the High Line is a great activity that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Besides getting a nice view of the city, there’s also a ton of cool street art all along the way to enjoy. Plus it won’t cost you a dime!

2. Spa

If you prefer to spend your time relaxing and de-stressing, then maybe a day at the spa is exactly what you need. Come on in to Rescue Spa for a nice relaxing massage or one of our premier spa services. Especially with all the stress that the busy culture of NYC can cause you, taking a day at the spa is a perfect way to relax and rejuvenate!

3. Visit a Brewery

There are more than 20 awesome breweries to check out in New York City! That means there’s likely a brewery nearby no matter what borough you’re in. A couple that are definitely worth a visit are Gunn Hill Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, and Singlecut Beersmiths. If you’re free for an entire day, pick out a few to visit for your own mini brew tour!

4. Staycation

Not everyone likes to be out and about when they’re trying to relax. If that’s you, then maybe a little staycation at home is what you need! Put on some music and take a bath, cuddle up in your comfy chair with a book, or spend some time on the couch catching up on your favorite shows. If you’re a homebody, a nice rejuvenating afternoon at home might be just what you need.

5. See a Show

When you’re living in New York, it’s easy to take all the awesome Broadway shows for granted since they’re always available to you. But don’t forget to take advantage of such a great opportunity! Especially if you haven’t been to Broadway in a few years, go see a show and let Broadway amaze you all over again!

6. Find a Live Event

If you’re not really into broadway, don’t worry. There are plenty of other things to do in NYC! Whether you’re into dancing, sports, video games, or fine dining, there’s certainly something to do that will help you de-stress and unwind in New York.