Following on from my previous blog on why you should keep your makeup brushes clean, I have put together a step-by-step guide on how to clean your makeup brushes.
Some questions people ask me are: What kind of soap do you use? Should I be using shampoo to clean them? Do I need to buy a special brush cleaner? How do you wash them?
I like to use a bar soap like ‘Velvet’ soap over using a liquid soap or shampoo. The reason for this is the liquid soaps or shampoos tend to seep too deep into where the brush hairs are held together, so when it comes to rinsing them the soap never seems to stop coming out.
No you don’t need to buy a special brush cleaner, however I do recommend using 99.9% alcohol poured into a little spray bottle. This stuff is fantasic! As I’m a makeup artist it is one of the essentials in my kit because it kills germs. If I need to use the same brush on someone else I give it a good clean with the alcohol to kill any germs, plus it’s also fast drying so win win! I recommend this if you don’t have a lot of time and you just want to get rid of bacteria rather than having to wash your brushes so often. Personally I like to wash the brushes and spray them as well but that’s because my tools are for work.
Ok, onto how I wash my brushes. I usually start with the bigger fluffy ones first and work my way down to the smaller eyeshadow brushes, then concealer and lip brushes. You can do any order you wish.
Wet the brush head with warm water.
Genlty swirl the brush around on the bar of soap, being careful not to be too rough or splay the brush hairs too much. We want to try and keep its shape.
Swirl the brush in the palm of your hand with a bit of water to create a lather. You will see the makeup colour starting to come out.
Rinse under running water swirling the brush in the palm of your hand cupped with water.
Repeat step 2 to 5 a few times until no more makeup comes out.
Squeeze any excess water from the brush and reshape it before laying it out to dry overnight. I like to place the brush over the edge of the sink bench so the air can get through the hairs better.
You can use a hairdryer to dry your makeup brushes, but I prefer to let them air dry because the brushes can get too boofy and fluffy.
It’s good to clean them at least once or twice a week. So I guess the less brushes you have and use, the better! I would recommend cleaning a foundation brush after every use because it holds a liquid and is therefore more likely to grow bacteria.
That’s how and what I use to wash my makeup brushes! I hope you found that helpful.