How to Maintain Your Brushes
If you’re like me, you invested a substantial amount of money for high-quality makeup brushes. I personally use brushes by Sigma because their a great value and high quality. To ensure a long life for your makeup brushes, you have to take care of them. I want to share with you my technique for caring for my brushes.
When you first buy your brushes it is recommended that you wash them with a gentle soap. I use a baby shampoo because it’s mild and inexpensive. To remove bacteria and prevent breakouts and other icky skin issues you want to make sure you KEEP them clean. On a daily basis, I use a brush cleanser to spot clean my brushes. Then on a weekly basis, I wash them thoroughly with the baby shampoo.Daily Cleansing
When cleansing brushes on a daily basis, you want a process that will not be time consuming and will allow the brushes to dry quickly.
Start with a good brush cleanser. I prefer MAC’s Brush Cleanser because I feel it works the best.
- After makeup application is complete, you should spot clean your brushes before the next use.
- Take a paper towel or washcloth and pour some brush cleanser directly on the towel. Just a small amount, maybe a tablespoon at the most.
- Take your brush and swirl it around in the cleanser on the towel. This works best with the smaller eye makeup brushes.
- For larger brushes, pour a small amount of cleanser in a bowl (again about a tablespoon) and swirl brush in the cleanser, then swirl on the towel and set in brush holder to dry.
- Move to a dry spot on the towel and swirl off the dirt and excess cleanser.
- Place in your brush holder with brush end up and allow to dry.
Rinsing is not necessary as this cleanser is also a disinfectant and will not harm the brushes or cause skin irritation.Weekly Cleansing
- Use a very mild, gentle baby shampoo to cleanser your brushes weekly. I DO NOT recommend using a dish soap because they are very drying and full of chemicals that could break down your brushes.
- Put some baby shampoo in the bottom of a small bowl and pour in some warm water.
- Swirl your brushes in the soapy water gently until it appears most of the dirt and makeup has been removed. If the brush is really dirty, like a foundation brush, I may put a little extra soap in the palm of my hand and swirl in around in my palm until it comes clean.
- Rinse under clean running water and set out to dry. (See drying instructions below).
After cleansing and rinsing your brushes you want to make sure they dry properly. I recommend investing in a drying mat like the one below from Sigma:
If you don’t own a drying system follow these steps:
- Make sure you use a towel to remove most of the water from the bristles.
- Reshape the bristles to their original shape (or as close the the original shape as you can get while they’re wet).
- Lay on a counter or ledge with the brush end hanging over the side. This will allow airflow all around and will ensure they dry thoroughly and don’t lose the shape.
- Allow to dry overnight or for at least 8 – 10 hours.
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