Cleaning Brushes

I get asked this question a lot: How do I properly clean my makeup brushes and how often should I clean them?

First, you can spot clean in between uses with a brush cleaner. I generally use the Sephora or MAC one, depending on which one I have in stock at home.

However, you should clean your brushes thoroughly somewhere between once a week and once every two weeks depending on how much you use your brushes, how often you wear makeup, and how many different colors you use from day-to-day.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

1. Cleanser — I use Cetaphil, but I’ve used Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Shampoo (No More Tears) in the past. I find that Cetaphil is gentler on my skin and on the bristles of the brush so it works for me.

2. Tepid to warm water from your sink. Hot water IS NOT good for your brushes, as you risk melting the glue that holds the fibers of the brush together within the ferile.

3. Clean washcloth and Clean hand towel for drying.

OVERALL TIPS:

  • Always place the brush brush-side down when cleaning. You don’t want to risk getting water up under the bristles into the area of the brush where the glue holds the bristles and the brush together. (This is called the ferile.) And it’s the most delicate part of your brush, the part worth keeping in tact since you’ve spent hard earned money on these brushes.
  • When drying, you can invest in some brush covers for drying if you so choose. I don’t use them, but I’d like to order some soon. They are designed to hold the natural shape of your brush better than just lying flat to dry. You can find them here.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Wet the brush with your water, under the sink. Make sure to get the entire brush nice and wet, and keep the brush facing down.

Step 1: Wet Brush
Step 1: Wet Brush

Step 2: Put a dollop of Cetaphil (or chosen cleanser) in the palm of your hand.

Cetaphil Cleanser. Available at Drugstores $5-13, sizes vary.
Cetaphil Cleanser. Available at Drugstores $5-13, sizes vary.

Step 3: Swirl your brush in the palm of your hand coating the brush with all the cleanser. Swirl until the bristles return to their normal color or you feel most of the old makeup is gone.

Step 3: Swirl Brush in Hand
Step 3: Swirl Brush in Hand
Step 3: Swirl Brush in palm.
Step 3: Swirl Brush in palm.

Step 4: Squeeze the soapy mixture out of the brush from root to tip.

Step 4: Squeeze soapy mixture out of brush from root to tip.
Step 4: Squeeze soapy mixture out of brush from root to tip.

Step 5: Rinse the brush until all cleanser and dirt is removed from the brush.

Brush Cleaning Step 5

Step 5: Rinse brush thoroughly.
Step 5: Rinse brush thoroughly.

REPEAT STEPS 2-4 AS NECESSARY

Step 6: Squeeze excess water out with a clean washcloth.

Step 6: Pat out excess water.
Step 6: Pat out excess water.
Step 6: Pat out excess water.
Step 6: Pat out excess water.

Step 7: Lie flat to dry overnight.

Step 7: Lie Flat to Dry
Step 7: Lie Flat to Dry

Hope you enjoyed Technique Tuesday! If you have any questions or comments, please let me know!

Stay Glittery,

xoxo,

Candice

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