This isn’t the most exciting lesson, but it’s important nonetheless! Because we must clean our brushes so we can stay on top of bacteria and other offenders that we don’t want to end up on our face. Think of it as basic hygiene. For brushes that you use daily (and don’t share), I would aim for at least once a week (every Sunday perhaps?) or twice a week if you really love makeup and apply it often such as myself. There are two ways to properly wash your brushes depending on your personality and time constraints: heavy duty (for those of you that want instant professional strength cleaning agents to annihilate everything) or gentle (for those of you who have more time and prefer to keep it simple). Here’s how:
- Pick up a professional brush cleaning spray from a your local or online beauty supply (the Cinema Secrets spray (Holy Grail Product) is perfect for professional makeup artists who need to clean their brushes repeatedly throughout jobs but this aromatherapy cleaning spray, is my favorite to use on my clients because it leaves an amazing smell on the brushes). Starting with your foundation and cream blush brushes (these have the most product residue and need the most attention), spray it directly on the brush heads to completely soak the bristles.
- Rub the brush head back and forth over a paper towel or tissue repeatedly until there is no more product coming off.
- Spray the rest of your brushes one at a time (eyeliner, lip, eyebrow brushes).
- Rub these brushes back and forth as well, noticing that they will come clean much faster than the first ones. This solution dries within minutes.
- Pour a dime sized amount of any baby or organic shampoo into the palm of your hand. Then wet your brush head, dip your used brushes into the your palm (one brush at a time).
- Gently swirl brush in circular motions till all dirt and product is released. If you find your brushes are a bit hard to clean let them soak in small bowl prior to individual wash.
- Re-mold each brush if necessary by pressing the hairs between your fingers until it’s back to its original shape.
DRYING STATION: You don’t want to dry your brushes in an upright position because the water settles into the glue that’s holding the bristles together at the base of each brush head and starts breaking down the glue over time, causing the hairs to come off when you swipe the brush against your face (so annoying). So you can either lay your brushes flat or even better, make this quick little drying station with the two items listed below!
- Grab a hand towel, a paper towel. Fold towel in half about two to three times.
- Balance each brush so that the brush head is pointing down, and touching the paper towel . (a full towel can be used in this step as well). It’s much easier to balance than it sounds, I promise!
- Another simple method is placing a napkin/paper towel in a jar or wide cup and place brushes face down so that water seeps through.
- Now let them dry completely for a few hours (or overnight) and return them to their home (my work brushes live in brush roll, while my personal brushes live upright in my favorite square glass jar on my makeup desk).
I hope you found my “How To: Makeup Brush Cleaning 101” very informative. If you have any questions or concerns feel more than free to comment below. Enjoy Beauties until next time.