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 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
By which I mean regular facials. When asked where they invest when it comes to their skin, three out of three Glossier employees surveyed responded “RESCUE SPA” while running around wildly and displaying Danuta’s likeness tattooed onto their biceps. Consider booking yourself an appointment with someone you trust (this is the time to build a relationship, not flit around to just anyone) and see them twice a year. The professional-grade microdermabrasion and extractions alone will have you seeing the results for months on end. Also, talk about cumulative effects: When someone knows your skin, you can work towards a goal together instead of shooting in the dark alone. Think of this as your skin accountant. Didn’t think I’d take the metaphor that far, did ya? – Emily Ferber x Into The Gloss
“Avoid eating airplane food, because all that salt will make you puffy. Think nutrition, and bring fruit with you. Apples and oranges help replenish your body’s fluids. Once you land, do a mini-facial: double cleanse with a milky cleanser, exfoliate with Biologique Recherche Lotion p50, and then layer serums while massaging your face. You want to get the circulation going all over your body. I try to do headstands, or you can just lie down on your back with your legs propped up against the wall. It’s terrific. It’s a quick revival and you’re ready to go out.” —Danuta Mieloch, Founder of Rescue Spa
“My skincare routine has changed since I shot my Top Shelf, for sure! One of the biggest changes was that I started using all Biologique Recherche. I have this girlfriend Hayley, at her house we would always inevitably end up drinking wine, and after three glasses of wine she was like, ‘Come into the bathroom, we’re doing a facial!’ And she’d always give me these Biologique facials with all these serums, and the moisturizer, all of it. I’d wake up in the morning with a slight hangover but my skin would be amazing! Eventually I took the plunge and got the whole regimen. My favorite trick is to use the Masque Vivant combined with the Masque VIP. I mix it in my hand with baking soda. A facialist told me about that, and it works. Then I use the Biologique toner, cleanser, and serum.
I’m just obsessed with anything skincare, so if someone has something that I don’t have I’m like, ‘Ooh, what’s that?’ One of my other girlfriends had the Ziip-of course I picked it up. I started using it, and it’s amazing. Like, it actually is amazing. It does work. I have all the gadgets-I have the LED mask, I have it all. I use them when I’m watching TV.
I use Oribe shampoo and conditioner. For the luxe of it all. To be honest, [my hair] is a little temperamental. But when I’m in a good environment, like when I’m at home or when I’m driving, my hair dries really well. I just tuck it under my ears, and it dries in this sort of wavy, sort of straight way. But if it’s not in the right environment and I let it dry naturally, it will be so frizzy. If I just go straight outside or for a walk or something, my hair will get frizzy. So I try to be inside and let it dry. It can be wavy, but it can also be quite frizzy and poofy, which I actually sometimes like. Because it makes me feel like I’m in an 80’s rom-com. I have a straightener and a blow dryer, but I don’t really use them much. Except when I’m in a really big rush and don’t want to wait and see if my hair dries nice or not, I’ll blow dry it properly and straighten it. One thing I learned is called the preemptive dry shampoo. So even when your hair is clean, the night before you go to bed, you put dry shampoo in. And the you wake up and it’s got a good texture. So I do that sometimes. It helps that I have a silk pillowcase, but I’m also too messy and I drool all over it [Laughs].” –Phoebe Tonkin as told to Into The Gloss
“I am a huge fan of Biologique Recherche P50, and it’s something that’s been a staple in my skin care game for probably five or six years. I love, love, love it. I know it’s harsh for some people, but I use it once a day, usually in the evening. It’s the perfect exfoliator. I don’t feel like my skin is clean unless I use it.” Mandy Moore x People Magazine
Cleanse and Cleanse Again
As a first step, skin-care experts agree that cleansing and toning should never be skipped (or rushed) at night. Danuta Mieloch, the facialist and founder of Rescue Spa, swears by a double-cleanse with Biologique Recherche USA’s Lait U using a muslin cloth to remove any last traces of makeup.
For toner, both Mieloch and Czech use Biologique Recherche P50, which “exfoliates, hydrates and balances the pH of the skin,” Mieloch says.
Personalize Your Serum
Next, according to all of the facialists we polled: an overnight serum. These concentrated liquids contain the highest doses of nutrients, and facialists often combine them to create customized, targeted tinctures.
Lastly, moisturize — and moisturize some more — since the body’s natural hydration levels dip at night. Finish with a rich cream; Mieloch is partial to MBR Skincare Cream Extraordinary ($369) , spiked with ultra-hydrating lanolin and light-reflective gold particles to subtly conceal any imperfections.