A good set of make up brushes should last you several years, if taken care of. This involves cleaning your brushes every so often...there are surprisingly a lot of people that don't bother with it which I can understand, it's a bit of an effort. But think of it like this, it would be as if you ate off of the same plate every night for a month without washing it...not that hygienic and a bit minging to be quite honest. So, basically, the same goes for your make up brushes... all the excess of the make up you use stays in the brushes and could easily lead to breakouts, generally bad skin and dark streaky foundation even someone from 'my big fat gypsy wedding' couldn't compete with. Here I have layed out a simple step by step guide on how to take care of your brushes, which you should do every month or two depending on how often and how much make up you may use (it's not rocket science) but I thought i'd do it anyway including how long you should keep certain make up products for...
A glass or mug (whichever), liquid soap (can be any brand, I just use supermarkets own) and a towel.
Step 1 : Fill a glass slightly to the top with tap water.
Step 2 : Scoosh (I didn't know which word to use so scoosh shall do for now) two to three drops of soap into the glass.
Step 3: Place the brushes in the glass and leave for up to 3 minutes and swish the brushes round at the same time, after the three minutes the water should look a bit mirky & basically, well...yucky.
Step 4: Squeeze a pea sized amount of the soap onto each brush and rub in gently (as if you were washing your hair).
Step 5: Run each brush individually under the tap to get all the soap out & any excess make up resedue off.
Step 6 : Squeeze out any excess moisture, gently dry the bristles on a towel and leave the brushes to dry indoors or by a window.
Et voila! Your brushes should take atleast an hour or so to dry and will be lovely and soft to use, my brushes have lasted me a good few years all down to good care & cleaning!
Now, when is it right to get rid of any make up and when is it past it's sell by date? I'm going to use the 'food' example again, food has an expiry date, so does make up, here is all you need to know:
- Mascara: 6 months (basically when it starts to get that crayola smell, you know it needs to go.)
- Lip and eye pencils: 12 to 18 months
- Eye shadow: 2 years
- Eye cream: 6 months
- Concealer: 2 years
- Foundation: 2 years
- Powder: 2 years
- Lipstick: 12 to 18 months
- Moisturiser: 2 years
- Sunscreen: 2 years
- Face cream: 2 years