Any beauty expert will tell you that one of the cardinal sins committed across the country is a lack of beauty tool cleansing. But let’s face it, your brushes never feel completely clean anyway. You lather, rinse, repeat, spend an eternity waiting for them to dry, and they’re still not that clean. Well, help is at hand.
We’ve gathered up the quickest, easiest and most efficient ways to deep clean your makeup brushes. With just a few minutes of effort, you can have sparkling clean beauty tools and get a smoother, more even application from your favourite makeup products.
How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?
If properly cared for, makeup brushes can last for many years, so invest in a set you love and make sure they’re well looked after.
The experts tell us that brushes should ideally be cleaned after every use, but at least twice a week for powder brushes and daily for brushes or beauty blenders that are used with liquid foundations or cream cosmetics. While a deep cleanse can be done less regularly, those daily cleanses ensure your brushes don’t harbour bacteria.
Finally, if your brushes’ bristles start falling out or pointing at stray angles, even after cleaning, it’s time to replace your brush.
How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Before we look at the various methods for deep cleaning your makeup brushes, there are a few tips that apply across all methods.
When running your brushes under the tap, always point the bristles down toward the plughole. If water flows into your brush it can weaken the glue that holds the bristles in place, shortening the life of your brushes.
When drying your brushes, it’s best to lay them flat or upside down. Again, this is to keep water away from the glue at the base of the bristles. There are tools you can get to hang or hold your brushes as they dry, but laying them on a sheet of kitchen roll does the same trick.
Don’t forget to give your handles a clean with disinfectant too.
Method 1. Soap And Water
This is the method most people use to clean their brushes. It’s labour intensive but all you’ll need is soap, water and patience.
Run the bristles of your brushes under lukewarm water (hot water can loosen the glue), then add a few drops of soap to the palm of your hand. We use the term “soap” loosely here as dish detergent, hand soap, bar soap or baby shampoo all do a similar job.
Taking one brush at a time, swirl the bristles into the soap, lathering it to help lift away oil and pigment. Then, rinse with clean water and repeat if necessary. Finally, squeeze the bristles gently to help remove water, mould the bristles back into place and leave to dry.
Method 2. Brush Spinner
If you’ve been using Method 1 and feel like there has to be a simpler way, this might be the option for you.
There are no end of beauty gadgets available online, and while brush cleaners can be a little hit or miss, there are definitely some great finds out there. Most brush spinners operate in a similar way, with your brushes pointing downward, a little soap and water added to the container and a spring-loaded or battery-operated base that swishes the liquid around the bristles.
Is it entirely necessary? No.
Is it more fun than doing it all by hand? Absolutely.
Method 3. The Dip And Dash
If you haven’t tried this method, do it today. Not only is it the easiest method on our list, but it can be done with household ingredients and only takes 20 minutes from start to finish.
The main consideration with this method is finding the right container. It needs to be deep enough that all your brush bristles will be adequately covered, but not so narrow that the water is forced up into the handle of the brush.
Combine 1 cup of warm water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of dish soap in your container, then drop your brushes in and leave for 20 minutes. Rinse and dry to reveal beautifully clean brushes. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant, so this method gets bonus points for killing any nasties lurking in your brushes.
There you have it, three easy ways to give your makeup brushes a deep clean. Try them all and discover your favourite today.
With new beauty launches and trends happening so often, it can be hard to choose a product that’s actually worth spending your money on. We’ve taken the guesswork out of shopping this month by sharing with you the products we’re obsessing over right now. From luxurious cleansing balms to magical nail products, read on to find out more…
The all new At1 skincare range has officially dropped at FD! Featuring luxurious creams, hydrating toners and incredible eye creams, this new brand is the one to watch this season.
Right now we’re loving the Deep Cleaning Balm, this life changing product helps you to cleanse the day away by effortlessly removing dirt and makeup, even waterproof mascara too! Combining grapeseed oil with high-quality crambe oil that nourishes skin, whilst apricot and blackcurrant oils to plump the skin using all natural sources of vitamins A, C & E. Plus, it even includes echium oil to soothe skin, minimise redness and irritation too.
Magical skincare, mood lifting beauty and luxe gift sets. Sensori+ has landed!
Discover Sensori+ Mood Lifting Mist Swan River Sunshine. At the heart of the sunniest city of Australia – Perth, the luminous water of Swan River flows through, surrounding every passer-by with captivating iridescent lights and dreamy reflections. This uplifting blend of invigorating bergamot, delightful clary sage and lush ylang ylang, recreates the optimistic energy of this cloudless day. Using natural yet clinically proven mood lifting ingredients; This Advanced Detoxifying Mood Lifting Mist has a profound positive effect on energising and uplifting the mood. It is all-natural and plant-derived and contains ChloresPURE®, an exclusive green technology developed in Australia. The technology provides a gentle healing solution, eliminates malodours, and neutralises airborne toxins on a molecular level.
The colder months are setting in, this only calls for one thing – deep, rich, wintery and warm nail colours.
This super cute nail polish set by Nails Inc features two vegan polishes that are powered by a 73% plant based formula. These luxurious polishes work overtime to be kinder and gentler on your nails with no compromise on colour, quality or wear time. Mix and match with two incredible shades of forest green and copper. These shades are formulated with the patented wide hugging brush, making it easier to achieve flawless application.
Up your brow game this season with SOSU by SJ’s Brow Beautiful Brow Gel. Say Goodbye to bad brow days and enhance your brow shape with this clear, quick drying formula. The mini brush evenly coats and precisely grooms hair, with conditioning Vitamin E for a silky smooth finish that stays in place all day long. Try out this quick drying formula that’s infused with incredible ingredients and comes in 5 different shades too!
Pucker up and transform your lips with the Patent Lip Lacquer by bareMinerals. Not only is it full coverage, moisturising and infused with minerals, it provides next level shine that lasts all day too! This high gloss liquid lipstick features good-for-skin nudes made for every skin tone. The cushiony, hydrating formula helps to keep lips soft, while a dual-sided applicator smooths on full coverage with one swipe. If you’re on the hunt for a product to try this month, give this one a go and discover every shade including mauves, pinks, peaches and beiges.
The change in season is upon us, so it’s time to pack away those summer beauty supplies and bring out the heavy hitters. Autumn is a tricky season to predict, one moment you have clear skies, the next you’re battling blustery gales and sudden downpours, so it’s essential to be prepared for whatever the weather throws at you.
Here are your must-have products for weather-proof hair and makeup this season.
It’s All About That Base…
When it comes to makeup, having a good base to build on couldn’t be more important. Well-primed skin not only allows for smooth application of your makeup products but also helps your cosmetics stay in place for longer. Try one of these best-sellers:
Even tone, blur pores and smooth your complexion with bareMinerals PRIME TIME Original Foundation Primer. The lightweight, matte finish is perfect for layering under your foundation or can even be worn on its own for a casual “no makeup” look.
Are you looking for a primer with the added power of a serum? Elizabeth Arden Good Morning Retexturising Primer is rich in botanicals and antioxidants, including grapeseed oil, avocado and birch bark extracts. Retinyl linoleate improves skin texture and tone, making this primer ideal for mature and problem skin.
Enlarged pores spoiling the finish of your makeup? Try Flormar Pore Minimizer Makeup Primer. This oil-absorbing primer has a velvety finish which effectively reduces the appearance of pores, helping your foundation to glide over the skin’s surface for a smoother finish.
Fix Your Face In Place…
Not all makeup is created equal. That lightweight foundation may be perfect for fair weather but will pool at your jawline at the first sign of stormy skies. Choosing the right products for the season is key to season-proofing your makeup look. The beauties below will keep you looking fabulous come rain or shine.
With its fine and silky texture, this powder goes on flawlessly to offer naturally sheer protection. The formulation is available in a range of tones and is resistant to sweat, humidity and moisture. So, whether you’re running for the bus or get caught without a brolly, you’ll have the confidence of added staying-power.
Dewy, hydrated skin without the shine? Yes, please. With ingredients including caffeine infusion and TEAOXI® complex, Glamglow Glowsetter Makeup Setting Spray gives skin a boost of nourishment and moisture while keeping your makeup in place.
Beachy waves are so last season. Channel the autumn vibes with windswept hair on your terms. No one wants to look like they got caught in a tornado, but with a little help, you can create voluminous waves and texture that stays in place throughout the day.
With a flexible finish and mild hold, Redken Wind Blown 05 is the perfect hairspray for creating light texture and weightless volume. Ideal for locking your windswept hair into place, this is a must-have for your adding a little extra “autumn” into your style.
The micro-fine mist of Shu Uemura Kumo Hold Hairspray offers a lightweight, buildable hold that can be tailored to your needs. Inspired by the Japanese art of minimalism, Shu Uemura is used by everyone from Kate Middleton to Katy Perry.
Even short hair isn’t immune to gusty weather, so if you’re rocking a pixie cut or need a little added hold, Shu Uemura Ishi Sculpt Paste is for you. The workable, demi-matte paste gives short styles long-lasting texture without any stickiness or residue.
It’s no secret that achieving a flawless makeup base begins with the right tools – that’s why we’ve collected some of the top makeup brushes that will help to bring your beauty game to the next level. Read on to find out more…
The Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection is a must-have collection of luminous makeup brushes that leave your make-up looking amazing. This 101 Triangle Foundation Brush has softer than ever bristles, for Real Techniques most luxe feel to date, weighted for optimal control and comfort. This incredible collection of brushes are engineered for perfect weight distribution when tipped toward the face for use and refined artistry cuts offer high performance for ultimate application of make-up!
This LaRoc 12pc brush set comes in a faux leather case. Soft and comfortable brushes, perfect for home and professional use can be used for applying compact or loose powder, blusher, concealer, eyeliner, eyeshadow, cream & liquid foundation. The bristles are made from fine synthetic hair to give an even and smooth coverage. Find everything you could need and more with this unmissable selection of LaRoc’s top make-up brushes.
This innovative makeup brush is made with special fibers infused with activated charcoal and antibacterial silver ions to help repel bacteria. Unlike brushes with a charcoal coating that can wash off with use, this antibacterial makeup brush is designed to stay cleaner for longer. The dense, rounded shape effortlessly buffs and blends for a smooth, seamless foundation application, while the elongated kabuki handle provides maximum control for building up coverage where needed, making it a perfect partner for blemish makeup. The Seamless Buffing Brush with Antibacterial Charcoal was specifically designed to apply bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Loose Powder Foundation, but it can also be used with other foundations too!
Incredibly versatile, Stila’s ‘Wonder Brush for Face and Body’ stars super-soft, high quality synthetic bristles, to buff your favourite powder, cream and liquid products to perfection. With dual-fibres – ‘waved’ to pick up product and ‘smooth’ to blend – you can use this to apply and blur foundation, sculpt the contours of your face, create lit-from-within highlight or a flawless, natural-looking flush.
The Real Techniques Rebel Edge Trio has been carefully curated to aid flawless and defined makeup looks. Each makeup brush is made with synthetic bristles and has a cropped head, allowing you full control when blending and contouring. Use flat to buff and blend, and sideways for precision detailing and contouring. Rebel Edge Broad Brush A broad cut brush for blending powder, foundation or bronzer on the face. Rebel Edge Fine Brush A fine cut eye brush for precisely lining the eyes or sweeping on powder eyeshadows. Rebel Edge Medium Brush A medium cut brush for dusting on powder highlighter or blusher on the cheeks.
Our Eye Perfection set is made from high grade synthetic fibres, each brush is perfectly shaped for applying and blending eye makeup. From a smokey finish to a natural look, this brush set has everything you need!
As people, there are two types of makeup removers. Those who feel like removing makeup is the biggest, most un-wanted task on Earth, and those who get excited each evening to fully dive into the skincare routine they’ve been working so hard to perfect.
Maybe you stand strongly with one side, maybe you dip in and out depending on the time of year and how busy your schedule is. Today we’ve collated makeup removers for every level of effort you’re willing to put in. Skincare fanatic or minimalist, your perfect product lies below.
Sitting on the higher end, perfect for skincare fanatics, we have this cult-favourite cleansing balm from Elemis. If you’re into your skincare and haven’t yet come across this product, where have you been? This powerful, deep cleansing balm dissolves makeup with the help of luxurious rose and mimosa waxes infused with nourishing elderberry, anti-ageing algae, optimega oils and more. This is definitely one of those cleansers you’ll spend that extra bit of time gently exfoliating the skin with your muslin cloth to fully remove the product, but the glowing, end results are more than worth it.
Next up, a similar product but in a tidier format and formula is Lancôme’s Miel-En-Mousse cleanser. In just a couple of pumps, you’ll have the perfect honey-like dose of products to start massaging into your skin. With just a few drops of water, this cleanser foams up to become the perfect, manageable mousse. This product also smells amazingly sweet and is perfect for leaving your skin nourished ready for the serums or moisturisers to come.
Moving slightly further down the effort scale on to more standard cleansers, Glamglow’s Supercleanse still offers an intriguing product but in a quick ready-to-go creamy formula. Supercleanse uses a pore-refining triple-charcoal boost complex to detoxify and absorb a range of impurities from the skin. Infused with eucalyptus leaf, Meditteranean clay, bamboo and coconut charcoals, this product is definitely one to add to any fanatic’s collection.
At the same level as the previous cleanser, this one from Dermalogica is great in its foaming gel form. It lathers up nicely to cleanse your skin and features calming balm mint, lavender and more to soothe the skin while foaming away toxins and debris for a super-clean surface. If heavily-scented products aren’t your vibe, Dermalogica is also great for the majority of their products being free from harsh fragrances.
A rich, ultra-creamy foam in a delicate floral scent. It’s as simple as that. The NUXE Very Rose cleansing foam envelops the face in a veil of softness while removing impurities without drying your skin. This product is perfect for those leaning more towards the minimalist side with its handy, little bottle and the fact you can simply wash this off with just water and your hands in place of needing a muslin cloth.
Finally, we have one of the easiest cleansers of all time: micellar water. They’re simple, require zero rinsing, and they get the job done. With a couple of cotton pads to hand, you’re good to go. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid, softening Aloe Vera juice and antioxidant-rich Peony Root, this micellar water is perfect for all skin types and suitable for removing eye makeup too.
From standout primers that’ll leave your skin looking incredible to bath & body staples that’ll transform your relaxation routine, this seasons new in products have officially dropped! Read on to find the hottest new products right now…
Clean, cruelty-free and award winning, bareMinerals has officially landed at Fragrance Direct. If you’re not sure where to begin then the Skinlongevity range is a great start. This Long Life Herb Serum prevents and addresses key visible signs of ageing by strengthening your skin. This powerhouse serum is clinically shown to strengthen skin’s barrier by 45% to better resist damaging environmental aggressors, free radicals and stress. The secret to this skin-strengthening serum for all ages and skin types (including ageing skin) is the exclusive Long Life Herb now boosted for enhanced efficacy and potent botanical extracts. With a higher mineral and vitamin content than kale or spinach, Long Life Herb has for centuries been part of the local diet in Okinawa, Japan, where people live longer than almost anyone on earth. This powerful, mineral-rich product is a must-have this season…
Sensori+ is the brand to watch this season! At the heart of the sunniest city of Australia – Perth, the luminous water of Swan River flows through, surrounding every passer-by with captivating iridescent lights and dreamy reflections. This uplifting blend of invigorating bergamot, delightful clary sage and lush ylang ylang, recreates the optimistic energy of this cloudless day. Using natural yet clinically proven mood lifting ingredients; SENSORI+ Advanced Detoxifying Mood Lifting Mist has a profound positive effect on energising and uplifting the mood. It is all-natural and plant-derived and contains ChloresPURE®, an exclusive green technology developed in Australia. The technology provides a gentle healing solution, eliminates malodours, and neutralises airborne toxins on a molecular level.
On the hunt for some incredible new makeup? Flormar has you covered! This Double Radiance Primer Highlighter has a soft and lightweight texture that easily glides on skin for a long wearing look. Incredible bright effect with a luxurious sensorial texture. Highlight your complexion. Due to its exceptional skin adherence and blend ability, it can be applied just once for illuminating cheekbones, décolleté, shoulders or more to appreciate a full dazzling effect!
Discover softer and smoother skin with this comforting essence. Instantly soothes and calms sensitive, dry and tight skin. Deeply tones and hydrates. Regulates the pH balance, prevents skin irritation. A pH balancing formula with soothing floral waters of cornflower and rose, camomile extract and skindentical natural moisturising ingredients makes the skin look clean, fresh and quenched. Apply AM and PM to clean skin with cotton pad or splash on with hands. Follow with MÁDARA moisturiser. Discover the hottest new brand now…
Sit back, relax and indulge in this luxurious Bath & Shower Oil… An inspiring infusion of aromatic ingredients, the Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil combines clary sage, frankincense and cardamom into a comforting and revitalising scent. Encouraging positive thoughts that transform your bath or shower into an aromatic experience…