One of the best feeling in the world is using a freshly cleaned makeup brush. Not only does it apply products 100 times better, it feels as soft as a baby's butt and smells fab - pretty much an all over win-win situation. Now I don't know about you but I actually like to clean my brushes on a regular basis. Yes, I know I'm a freak. Most people find the process of cleaning their brushes a massive chore, but I find it quite cathartic as it's extremely important to regularly clean your brushes to avoid bacteria build up. So I thought I would share with you my quick and simple method of cleaning my brushes - I hope you guys enjoy!
Just before I get into my process of cleaning my brushes - I just thought I would show you how I store them. I separate my brushes according to use, for example I currently store them as either foundation, powder or eye brushes. As you can see I have foundation and powder brushes stored in IKEA pots and my eye brushes stored in a clear, square tub from Kikki K.
Lets get on on the brush cleaning - there are three actual products I use to clean my brushes 1) a plate (I choose an aesthetically pleasing tea saucepan for the photos) 2) MAC brush cleanser and 3) baby shampoo.
I truly believe using the MAC cleanser has shorten my cleaning time by almost half. It's super quick at removing most of the outer/middle layer of bacteria/product and it's also quite gentle. However, to remove all product and to condition my brushes I usually wash them a second time with baby shampoo and it's also quite fun to watch the shampoo lather up.
I find that dense foundation brushes take the longest to clean as there is so much unused product packed into the brush from continuous use. To speed the process up I firstly dispense a little (a little goes a long way!) of the MAC brush cleanser into a plate, dip a dampened brush in and mix it around to remove all the excess product. I then wash the brush under a slightly running tap to make sure I have removed all the cleanser and excess gunk.
If I find that the brush is still dirty (in most cases it is) I will take the baby shampoo to finally remove the rest of the dirt/product - this step may need to be repeated due to how dirty the brush is.
Once finished cleaning my brushes I place them onto a rolled up towel with the end of the brushes facing down to ensure the water isn't running through the handle of the brush, keeping the glue and the bristles intact. I have never used brush guards when using my brushes, as I find that they are a little gimmicky. They are definitely not a necessity when cleaning your brushes to keep them in shape. I find that most (if not all) of the brushes I own dry into it's natural shape without the help of a brush guard.
I hope this was helpful to some people and interesting to read. Definitely nothing new or different about my cleaning process compared to thousands of others out there, but I hope this reminds some of you to wash your brushes soon and more often!