We love makeup as much as the next girl, but it also comes with its own share of care requirements. Case in point: makeup brushes. These master tools can make or break your beauty look, depending on how well you look after them. The better you are with them, the nicer your makeup will look, making it super important to give them some TLC every now and then.
We’ve got the Ecotools Perfecting Eye Brush as part of our August NZ Box and once you use this for your eye area, you’ll never go back to another one again.
It’s dermatologically-tested so you can trust that it won’t irritate your skin, as other brushes can. It’s also made to give your makeup that much-coveted flawless finish. Read on for our guide to caring for your brush, using it right, and keeping it clean.
Different ways to use your Ecotools Perfecting Eye Brush
When it comes to applying anything around the eyes, makeup artists and beauty experts wax poetic about the importance of tapping products in - as opposed to rubbing products in. For those of you who aren’t fans of using your finger to do so, the Ecotools Perfecting Eye Brush sorts you out. It features a rounded tip, with bristles uniquely cut to feel gentle on your skin. The brush will help you apply your makeup and skincare with ease, without pulling on the sensitive skin around your eyes.
Talking about this brush in particular, you can use it to apply your eye cream, corrector and concealer and it’ll work beautifully each time. Start your eye makeup by prepping your eye area with a hydrating eye cream; it’s the base for a seamless look. Then, use the brush like you would your finger and tap on corrector to neutralise your under-eye dark circles. For your final step, dot your concealer around your eye with your finger and keep blending in tapping motions with your brush. Easy as.
In fact, you can also use this brush to prep your brows and lips. If you’re someone who likes to conceal their brows or neutralise your lips with foundation or concealer, you’re in luck. Use the same tapping motion to buff your base product on your brows and lips and then fill them in for a seamless finish.
How to clean your makeup brushes
Think of cleaning your makeup brushes like doing your laundry—you simply must do it every 1-2 weeks depending on your usage. Follow our simple 5-step guide to getting it all done and making sure your Ecotools Perfecting Eye Brush becomes a mainstay in your beauty kit.
First, start by rinsing all your brushes under warm water.
For the next step, you can either use a brush cleansing mat or the palm of your hand. Use a squeeze of baby shampoo or any other gentle cleanser onto the surface you choose and start to run your brush on it, gently in circular motions. You will notice all the product build-up washing away.
Once you’ve got rid of all of the remains, run your brush under warm water once again for a final rinse, squeeze out any excess water and reshape the bristles using your fingers to the original shape of the brush.
It’s important to always dry your brushes in a downward motion to ensure that all the water drains out. Our tip: Lay a dry towel on your table, place a long box or any item that can add height and then rest all your brushes in a slant so the tips are drying off on the towel itself.
Repeat this process every 1-2 weeks to keep your brushes clean and ensure they last you long.
Other handy tips
As much as you love your sister and your best friend, don’t share your makeup brushes with them. Everyone’s skin is different with its own share of bacteria, which you don’t want to be transferring to each other.
Give your makeup brushes a rinse every 1-2 weeks at the least. While you may simply blend your foundation and eyeshadows and put them away, makeup still sticks onto them till it’s wiped or rinsed off. The longer it does, the higher the chances for it to attract dust and other nasties that you definitely don’t want to be blending into your skin.
Make sure you store your makeup brushes in a sealed container—preferably a vertical box to ensure that they don’t mix with each other. Leaving your brushes in a mug on your dresser might not be the best call—from your perfume mist to any powders you’re using and everything else can easily find their way to your brushes and set on top of them.