How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Cleaning my makeup brushes.

I swear all I ever do in my job is clean my makeup brushes, I have been asked on numerous occasions how I do this without ruining my brushes so I thought I would do a quick blog post and show everyone how.
Now before I started cleaning my brushes the proper way, I used to just use soap and water and it used to take me forever, this for me and all of my brushes (over 50) can take me no longer than 30 minutes, they also dry a lot quicker as well, so that's brilliant for when you need them again later in the day!
It's not a very exciting blog and no doubt if you look at other peoples they will all be quite similar, differencing in products and a few personal touches. But none the less it's something that has to be done on a regular basis and if done correctly, your brushes will last and stay it top quality condition.

Here is what you will need, a small pot, brush cleanser I use Mac but my favourite is Cinema Secrets Quick Dry, I’ve just ran out. You will go through a lot of brush cleanser in your life time so when on offer always stock up, even if you have 50 bottles to get through already, just buy it! And finally kitchen roll, I prefer to use this rather than tissue, as I find with tissue it dissolves quickly and your left with tiny bits all in your brushes, which is never good! 

Pop some brush cleanser into your pot and put your brush in about half way, do not and I repeat do not dunk all your brush into the product this will be far too much and over time will damage your brushes.

Next just applying a light hand, circle your brushes into the kitchen roll do this until there is no more colour coming out, if you press to hard you will change the shape of your brush and they won't be any good.

Finally, mould them back in to shape and leave them to dry.
Probably the most important stage of this process is how you leave your brushes when they are drying, if you leave them standing up right - bristles pointing towards the ceiling any leftover cleanser will drop down into the ferrule of the brush and over time will start disintegrating the glue, resulting in the bristles falling out and eventually causing the brush to just fall apart.

So to avoid this either lay your brushes down so they are on their side, or some brush holders for example the Real Techniques sets are so bloody brilliant that you can stand your brushes upside down in the elasticated holders.

Before Cleaning   

After Cleaning  

Have a Fabulous day!

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