Something else I've done lately was browse Pinterest. I kept seeing pins for cleaning brushes and the info was just wrong! Soak for 30 minutes? Dry brushes upright? Clean with oil? After seeing pin after pin, I knew I had to share with you my guaranteed methods for getting brushes clean. This works with the cheapest brushes to expensive ones.
M E T H O D 1: Spot Clean
- Use this method if you're limited with the amount of brushes you have. For instance, when I want to use that same brush with a different color, I'll spot clean. This is not a thorough cleaning
- One way is to wipe the brush back and forth on a paper towel/tissue/towel to remove the shadow.
- To quickly disinfect and spot clean brushes, either buy a spot cleaner (these range from around $3-$20) or make your own. Of course you know I'm a DIY kinda girl. Pour a about an ounce of rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle. Add about a half ounce of water and shake. Spray onto cloth/paper towel/tissue and then wipe brush until clean.
M E T H O D 2: Thorough Cleansing
- Brushes definitely need to be thoroughly cleaned to help prevent buildup and infections. If you use shadow at home daily, do this weekly.
- Again, you can purchase brush shampoos (ELF makes a great one for $3), but I like to use baby shampoo. It's not as harsh as regular shampoo or dish detergent.
- Put a towel next to the sink. You'll use this to dry your brushes.
- Pour a little water and shampoo in the palm of your hand and swirl the brush into the mix.
- Swirl until clean.
- Rinse under water and swirl brush onto towel to help remove water.
- Store brushes lying down and let them dry overnight.
R E M I N D E R S:
- Alcohol dries fast and works as a disinfectant, but it's drying, so use only as a spot cleaner/disinfectant.
- Drying the brushes upright promotes bacterial growth and weakens your brushes, so please place them flat.
- Olive oil is a popular cleaning method, and while it can it moisturize brushes, I've found that it just doesn't work. Brushes just don't get clean. Avoid it.
- Expensive brushes are an investment, so treat them well! I have brushes that are five years old and work great because I wash my brushes. I hope you do the same!
- If you use your brushes with liquid foundation/bb creams, you may have to repeat your method until thoroughly cleaned.
- How do I store my brushes? Check out my DIY BRUSH HOLDER--just like Sephora!
How do YOU store and clean your brushes?