Make-up | How I Clean My Make-up Brushes
One question I get asked a lot both in and out of work: How do you clean your make-up brushes?
I shall tell you a secret.
A magical fairy comes along at the end of each week and makes them all sparkle once again.
No, that does not happen, not even in my dreams. I only have nightmares when it comes to the dreaded Wash-The-Brushes Day. I have so many it is more of a chore than something I enjoy.
Saying this, aaaaaaaages ago, like a year ago, I read this post by Laura Lou, she opened me up to a whole new way of cleaning my brushes ft Lush Cosmetics.
Why do I not use the bog standard brush cleaners ?
I do not like the smell or feel or finish they leave – especially the Shu Uemura cleaner, wow this one has the strongest alcohol smell I have ever come across in a brush cleaner. M.A.C brush cleaner is great for spot cleaning (on the job) but not for a regular deep clean. Being a stickler for not having dirty brushes, I clean my personal make-up brushes once a week. I clean my kit brushes each time I do a job – so a lot.
I also do not use Johnsons Baby Oil (or any product from Johnsons for that matter). I find using oil as a way of regularly cleaning brushes will shorten the life span of your brush as it can loosen the glue holding the brush hair in the ferrule.
The important thing to note when choosing a brush cleaner, it needs to be antibacterial. For the life of me I could not remember which Lush Cosmetics Soap Laura chose to use, so instead I just made sure that the one the assistance helped me to pick contained those key anti bacterial ingredients. I went for Parsley Porridge. Mmmmhmm. I even treated it to a little home in one of those Lush silver tins.
This soap contains parsley, thyme, tea tree oil, oatmeal and aloe vera gel. The tea tree oil is the antibacterial ingredient. It has a real herbal fresh scent to it which I adore, so much so, I want to buy a separate one to use as a facial soap. I was worried the oatmeal would come away and into the brushes, but not at all.
I dampen the brush head, swirl around on the top of the soap bar and then massage the soap into the brush hair with my fingers before washing carefully underneath a running tap. I will then squeeze out any excess water and lay down flat on some kitchen roll. I usually do them of an evening so that they can dry over night.
This is the best way I have found so far of cleaning my brushes, how do you clean yours?
All brushes in photographs are from Crownbrush.