How do I clean my brushes?

Friday, October 07, 2011

I treat my makeup brushes like babies, just like any other makeup lovers. I want them clean, soft, and sweet-smelling. Just like a soldier, I can't go in a makeup battle without my brushes. They are my weapons which I take uttermost care of. 

These are what I use almost every single day!
I don't have a lot of brushes so I really have to make sure that I don't end up losing those that I have just because I don't know how to clean and to take care of it properly. In this quest, my ally is a baby shampoo. Yes, a shampoo for babies. I told you, I treat my brushes like babies! Baby shampoos are safe for babies and so for my brushes. It leaves the bristles soft and does not cause shedding or discoloration.

What you need:
  • baby shampoo
  • dish -- In my case, I use an ash tray.
  • brushes -- Yeah?
Step 1: Wet the hair/bristles -- JUST the hair. You don't want to ruin the ferrule of the brush which holds the hair in a tight bundle. You may run the hair of the brush under water or dip the hair into a dish filled with water, just like what I do.

Step 2: Shampoo and Lather -- Apply a small amount of shampoo on the hair and lightly lather. You may work the hair in small circular strokes on the sides of the dish or on the palm of your hand until it forms a lather. Do this until no makeup comes out of the lather. Take note that some brushes may take some time to form lather, especially those that are used in oil-based makeup.

Step 3: Do the same with other brushes -- The same steps work with other brushes, small or big.

Step 4: Rinse -- Rinse the brushes under running water. Continue rinsing until no color leaves the brush. Tap off excess water.

Step 5: Dry -- Allow the brushes to air-dry. Lay the brushes on top of a paper towel. Make sure to reshape the hair to retain its proper shape after it dries.
  1. Spot clean the brushes every after use and thoroughly clean them once a week.
  2. Avoid scrubbing the hair or bristles harshly or it may lose some strands.
  3. There are specific products manufactured to clean brushes, you may opt to use those instead of a baby shampoo.
  4. Make sure that no water goes into the ferrule to avoid damages.
  5. Allow the brushes to completely dry before using them again.

It may be tedious but that is the only way I know to keep my babies clean and healthy-looking. How do you clean your brushes?


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