Ask any makeup artist or beauty blogger how to keep your makeup looking great – if they know their stuff, they’ll tell you that the simplest way to achieve a professional finish is to ensure your brushes, sponges and beauty blenders are always clean.
Now, this might seem pretty obvious, but a 2015 study found that 39% of women clean their makeup brushes less than once a month, and a massive 22% have never cleaned them at all! If you’re a member of this guilty party, you should be aware that the buildup of dirt and oil on your tools can lead to breakouts, rashes, and even dermatitis.
To help you out, we’ve put together a step-by-step guide detailing the best ways to clean your makeup brushes, sponges and beauty blenders, along with some top products you can use to help ensure they’re always performing at their best.
How often should you clean your makeup brushes, sponges or beauty blender?
If you’re only using your makeup brushes on yourself, but you use them once a day, you should follow this guide:
• Concealer and foundation brushes: wash twice a week to prevent a buildup of product, dirt and oil.
• Makeup sponges and beauty blenders: clean after every use to avoid bacteria buildup (as they are left wet with product, bacteria can spread more quickly than with standard brushes).
• Blusher brushes: clean once a week, or each time you use a different colour.
• Eye makeup brushes: wash once a week, or spot wash if you are changing colour during application.
• Eyeliner brushes: clean each time you use them to ensure you get a perfect, precise line each time.
• Lip brushes: clean after each use to prevent a build-up of product, especially if you’re changing colours.
What’s the best way to clean your makeup brushes?
Here’s our fail-safe, step-by-step guide to washing makeup brushes:
1. Add makeup brush cleaner, like Derma V10 Makeup Brush Cleaner to a glass of warm water.
2. Swirl your brush in the water and gently rub the bristles together to remove any excess product.
3. Rub the brush on a Brush Works Brush Cleaner Tray or a similar rough surface to remove any oil and dirt.
4. Leave your brushes to air dry on the cleaner tray.
Pro tip: for day-to-day cleaning, a brush cleaner like Brush Works Small Brush Cleaner is the quickest and easiest solution. You can use this cleaner simply by wetting your brush and running it along the bristles. Its textured surface effectively removes dirt, impurities and product.
What’s the best way to clean your beauty blender or makeup sponge?
Cleaning your beauty blender or makeup sponge is a slightly different process than cleaning your brushes, follow our guide for great results every time:
1. Wet the beauty blender or makeup sponge in a bowl of lukewarm water.
2. Swirl some Derma V10 Makeup Brush Cleaner onto the sponge.
3. Allow the cleaner to soak into the sponge and squeeze it delicately until it lathers.
4. Rinse the sponge in cold water until there’s no cleaner left.
5. Squeeze out any excess water and dry in a well-ventilated area.
When should you replace your makeup brushes?
If you clean your makeup brushes regularly, they should last longer and be safe to use until you notice wear and tear.
If your brushes start to shed, smell or discolour, you should replace them as soon as possible. Also, if they begin to lose their shape or still don’t feel quite clean after you wash them, you’re due a new set!
Take a look at the LaRoc 10pc Kabuki Brush Set for an all-in-one brush set that offers quality application without breaking the bank. If you’re looking to splash out a bit more on your kit, the Joan Collins Good To Go Brush Caddy Complete Collection is a set of luxury makeup brushes that will have you creating professional looks with minimal effort.
Due to their nature, beauty blenders and sponges need to be replaced every two-to-three months, no matter what state they’re in. Try Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge & Travel Case if you’re in need of a replacement.
Now that you’ve got your makeup brushes sorted, why not take a look at our top beauty hacks that will save you both time and money? Or, if you’re looking to try something new, take a look at our makeup brush guide and discover your new go-to.
This month’s brand of the month is Gatineau and we could not be more excited to celebrate this incredible brand. Gatineau has provided professional skincare for more than 85 years and continually takes inspiration from the latest biotechnology to develop high performance products.
Gatineau’s story started in Paris with a visionary beauty therapist, her name was Madame Jeanne Gatineau, her vision was to create skincare solutions through collaborating with dermatologists and bio-chemists. The Jeanne Gatineau School of Beauty opened in Paris in 1950, providing expert training to thousands of students and with incredible success, schools later opened in both Brussels and Milan. The demand for Gatineau’s unique and innovative expertise led to the manufacture of products for home use and Gatineau as we know today.
Today Gatineau has many ranges tackling our skin troubles so here we are going to dive into each range looking at what the products are in the ranges and what is best.
The first range is Aquamemory which uses exclusive osmaporine technology is a collection of products specifically targeting dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic acid gives immediate hydration to the skins surface and osmaporine works on deep down hydration creating a long-term solution. These products are suitable for all ages and skin types. In this range there is a high hydration cream mask and a moisture replenish cream gel.
The next range is Perfection Ultime this range benefits all skin types, its main aims are to protect your skin from environmental aggressors, repairs any internal damage to restore a youthful complexion and even out akin tones to promote a smooth and radiant appearance. The products in this range are an all rounder for all skin types and include the Ultime Eye Cream, a retexturizing beauty cream and a miracle eye contour.
The Melatogenine AOX Probiotics is the biotechnological youth activating range. This highly sophisticated collection has been clinically proven to work on the quality of epidermal skin cells to visibly reduce lines and wrinkles to restore youth. For these products you will see more results if you are 30 or over.
DefiLIFT 3D sounds very technical and it is, this range was born from years of scientific research. Delivering a collection that targets visible signs of skin slackening it tightens, lifts and redefines complexion. The range is aimed at ages 40 and over to see the full impact.
The last range is the Age Benefit and these products have been designed for skin that has damage to both the internal and external layers. It strengthens the skin minimising lines, wrinkles and overall improves radiance. This range takes on all the major worries we see when we are 50 or over.
This is the perfect opportunity you introduce yourself to Gatineau, especially with this time of year being harsh on your skin. Gatineau products cannot come more highly recommended so enjoy this month to make the most off the offers and promotions.
As we head into 2019 it is only right, we start off with the January sales. This is a chance to pick up anything you wanted, and your partner didn’t quite get the hint. The good thing is it will now be massively discounted compared to when it first caught your eye so there’s no guilt factor. This year there has been a few favourites in the sale so here is a list of a few we have picked out for you to have a look through.
One brand you can never go wrong with is Elizabeth Arden and the Visible Difference Moisture Cream is now heavily discounted. This cream, if you haven’t tried it before, is a rich emollient moisturizing cream that penetrates deep into the skin. This product is ideal for dry skins and will reduce the appearance of fine lines dramatically improving your appearance.
The TIGI Catwalk Oatmeal and Honey Twin Set is one to try while the weather is still harsh on our hair. This formula with acacia honey, wheat protein and vitamin E, helps to smooth dry hair acting as a comfort food leaving your hair soft and silky. Perfect for restoring some health after all the heat styling over the festive period.
For men the American Crew hair products are one of the best, they have a shampoo and conditioner which would balance hair leaving it soft while washing away any excess build-up of any styling products from the day.
The Max Factor Miracle Foundation is a steal in this year’s sale transforming your skin with the perfect shade match giving you a healthy-looking finish, imperfection coverage and leaving you with a dewy complexion. A great opportunity to try something new.
If you are looking at gift sets for gents, the Prada Luna Black Rossa Black Gift Set including a spray and shower gel is the latest in the in the line of sophisticated fragrances. This Eau De Parfum is the combination of raw and refined, with top notes of bergamot and base notes of amber, musk, coumarin.
The Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Gift Set is fabulous for a lady. It is a feminine, intimate scent with heart notes of honey and gardenia and with its unique bottle and packaging it makes this set extremely desirable.
If you are thinking of spring and inspiration for your 2019 spring summer look there are some great lipsticks in the sale such as the Revlon Super Lustrous Colour Change Lipstick or the Lustrous Matter version both formulated with microfine pigments for long lasting high colour impact.
One last favourite would be the Marc Jacobs Daisy limited edition Eau De Toilette 100ml this classic pure fragrance is signature Marc Jacobs and charmingly simple. The top notes are infused with succulent wild berries and soft violets leaving you with a fresh and radiant scent on the skin. This is one not to be missed.
January can be a hard month post-Christmas but that is why we have put together some of the best reductions that won’t break the bank.
Why are we obsessed with Vitamin C? Well we traditionally get Vitamin C from super foods such as spinach and kale and in fruits such as oranges and strawberries, but it can now be found in serums and facial creams too. These products are the holy grail in the skincare world, with numerous benefits to the skin that we don’t want you to miss out on, so here are some of the reasons you should give it a try.
The benefits of Vitamin C are that it boosts your immune system and helps battle health conditions such as high blood pressure, but the real magic is in what it can do for your skin! Vitamin C boosts collagen levels slowing down the anti-aging process by smoothing out uneven skin. It hydrates the skin, decreasing transepidermal water loss allowing skin to retain moisture which will plump the skin and reduce eye under circles. Not only that, it brightens the skin, reducing dullness as it fades pigmentation and due to the ingredients, it is suitable for most skin types giving it an excellent high safety profile. As you can see this product combats many troubles you may be suffering from, even sun damage or wound healing. So, if you need a little TLC give some of these products a try!
Our second choice would be the Avalon Organics Intense Defence Vitamin C Rejuvenating Moisturiser. Its daily benefits are to repair and renew the skin for firmer more radiant appearance and energize your complexion with improved circulation, clarity, tone and texture. This is a great product if you don’t want to break the bank but want to see the benefits.
Our third choice would be the Gatineau RENEW 7Detox Purifying Serum 7 Day Cure as it gives the skin superb radiance. Gatineau products are highly recommended miracle workers in skincare with their aqua coloured serum which is suitable for all skin types. If you suffer from dullness and uneven skin textures it will brighten up your complexion and stimulate the skins natural systems. If you are a smoker and feel you need to revitalise your skin this would the perfect solution.
Our next recommendation would be the Elemis Advanced Brightening Even Tone Serum because it perfects and renews the skins surface and is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of uneven pigmentation in 28 days. The product is a life saver for dull, pigmented skin.
Lastly Dermalogica Biolumin- C Serum is an advanced bio-technology that fuses ultra-stable Vitamin C and palmitoyl Tripeptide-5 which dramatically reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dermalogica work wonders for many and this product won editors women’s health choice award, so definitely one to add to the wish list.
January, the first month of the new year, a time many of us try and make a change. Whether it is joining the gym or starting guitar lessons, the start of the year inspires us to try new things. Since 2014 people have been adopting Veganuary which is the practising of veganism the first month of the year. Whatever your motive is to do Veganuary, we have a huge range of products to make it easy for you. So here are some of our recommended skincare, makeup, hair products and body and body that are completely vegan friendly.
Elemis Biotec Skin Energising Cleaners will prepare the skin for optimum performance removing dirt and impurities leaving your skin beautifully cleaned and energized.
Dermalogica’s active moist moisturiser is an easy to apply formula that will improve texture and combat dehydration for those who suffer with dry skin like many especially through winter.
Dr Paw Paw’s Shea Butter Balm is one of our favourite lip balms for healing cracked dry lips, especially while the weather is still harsh it is a great one to always have in your handbag.
The Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Facial Primer is perfect for an effortless ‘makeup free’ look. It completely preps the skin giving it dewy glow, a must have product for any makeup enthusiasts.
The NYX full coverage concealer hides dark circles and blemishes that we all can suffer with. Especially if we are still recovering from the festive activities.
The Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Long Lash Mineral Mascara is 100% vegan and fabulous for your lashes. The nourishing formula will lengthen and strengthen your lashes while keeping them hydrated.
Balance Me Protect and Shine Shampoo and conditioner are super shine enhancing sulphate free products that will perfectly cleanse, smooth and protect the hair and scalp. In 2015 Red Magazine awarded it the best of beauty product.
Jason Normalizing Tea Tree Shampoo is designed to revitalise dry and brittle hair but also if you have been struggling with a flakiness then this will smooth irritated scalps. This product features aloe Vera gel and sea algae extracts to plump the hair fibre and protect it from heat styling.
Giovanni Direct Leave in Conditioner nourishes the hair with its weightless formula. Suitable for all hair types this leave in conditioner utilises botanicals to moisturize and detangle hair.
REN Clean Skincare Anti-Fatigue Exfoliating Body Scrub is a balm designed to polish and smooth for a healthy glow. Formulated to replenish moisture and de-stress the mind, this scrub stimulates skins natural cell renewal process.
Elemental Herbology Fire Bath and Body Oil antibacterial formulations in the Oil control range will help purify and calm skin. Perfect to use in the bath or shower to hydrate dry areas.
Avalon Organics Hand and Body Lotion tackles environmental, dietary, stress, weather and lack of sleep effects on the skin. Their lotions restore natural moistures and support the skins overall well-being. All their products contain no synthetic colours or fragrances, harsh sulphates or preservatives, parabens, phthalates or animal testing.
All these products are 100% vegan so while it is Veganuary take the opportunity to try some new products without falling short of your target.