Since my last post was on my must-have makeup brushes (if you missed it you can check it out here) I felt it was only right to dedicate my next post on how I like to care for and clean my brushes.
I invest a lot of money into my personal and professional makeup brushes, as I am sure you do too, so it is super important that I give them the TLC they need to ensure they last and continue to create flawless results.
There are two ways I like to clean my brushes which I have broken down into more detail below.
The quick clean method is just as it is described: quick and easy!
Think of quick cleaning like the dry shampoo in your hair regimen - it does the job but it's more of a surface clean than a thorough cleansing. I like to perform quick cleans on my own personal brushes a couple of times a week and in between deep cleans because it removes product and drys quickly, allowing me to use the brush again within minutes.
For a Quick Clean You Will Need:
(if you don't have any dirty brushes I have some you can borrow for this exercise hehe)
Small Bowl or Container
Quick Clean Method:
1. Layer 3-4 sheets of clean paper towel on top of each other on a flat surface.
2. Pour your brush cleaner of choice into a clean, small bowl or container and place it on top of the paper towel. You don't need to fill it all the way to the top, just enough to cover the tips of the bristles. You can top it up with more cleaner if required.
3. Take your dirty brush and dip the tip of the bristles into the brush cleaner solution.
DO NOT DIP THE WHOLE BRUSH IN OR GET THE SOLUTION PAST THE METAL FERRULE.
If liquid gets into the ferrule it can soften the glue holding the bristles in place which can result in bristles shedding, falling out or worse, the brush head falling completely off the handle.
4. Dip the brush bristles into the cleaner for a few seconds before removing and painting small, circular motions onto the clean paper towel. You will see the makeup come straight off the brush onto the paper towel. Continue doing this until the brush doesn't leave traces of any makeup or product.
You can dip the brush into the solution again if necessary. I generally dip it in 2-3 times just depending on the brush and product. For example a foundation brush may require you to dip it in the cleaner 3-4 times for a completely clean result.
5. Once done, place the brush on a bench or surface with the bristles hanging over the edge to allow them to completely dry and ventilate.
Some brush cleaners I have used and loved are:
They don't call this the 'World's Best Brush Cleaner' for nothing! I first heard about Cinema Secrets from beauty YouTuber Nicole Guerriero and it looked like magic so naturally I picked up a bottle and I haven't looked back. This is my must-have, holy grail brush cleaner!
As well as producing professional quality makeup brushes M.A.C also designed a great brush cleaner to keep them cleansed and conditioned.
This was one of the first brush cleaners I ever used and I did use for years! It comes in a convenient spray bottle so it is easy spray the bristles and then wipe the brush clean on paper towel or tissue.
I always use makeup brushes which have been deep cleaned on my clients and I would be horrified if I found out a makeup artist used a brush which had never been deep cleaned on me! Liquid and cream based products can be a breeding ground for bacteria so I like to know my brushes have been cleaned thoroughly for each and every client.
The only time I might do a quick clean on the job is if I require the same brush straight after but I have purposely purchased doubles and triples of particular brushes so I always have a back up.
For a Deep Clean You Will Need:
Brush Cleaning Mat / Glove
Running Water / Sink
(I find deep cleaning easier when I am working directly over a sink with running water)
Time to clean and for them to dry
Deep Clean Method:
1. Put on your brush cleaning glove or lay your brush cleaning mat in the bottom of the sink.
2. Put a small amount of colourless shampoo in the 'Wash' section of the glove/mat and add a bit of water.
3. Pick up your dirty makeup brush in the other hand and in small, circular motions work the brush bristles into the shampoo, creating a soapy lather.
4. Then with the water running lightly, move the brush over to the 'Rinse' section of the glove/mat wiping it backwards and forwards over the ridges so the soap rinses out of the bristles.
5. I then move the brush over to the 'Refine' section of the glove/mat with the water still running and work the bristles into the small silicone mounds to remove any excess soap suds.
6. The 'Refine Plus' section of the glove/mat provides a final rinse to remove any excess suds.
7. To remove excess water from the bristles work it along the lined grooves of the glove/mat. When using the glove I also like to give the bristles a gentle squeeze to remove excess water.
8. Once done, place the brush on a bench or surface with the bristles hanging over the edge to allow them to completely dry and ventilate. Allow up to 8 hours for brushes to completely dry.
CLEANING GLOVES + MATS
Before I owned the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove I used to use the palm of my hand to deep clean my brushes. There is nothing wrong with this method but when you have 30 or 40 brushes to clean you definitely start to feel it! Using a silicone brush cleaning glove or mat will reduce your cleaning time and the various surface textures will ensure your brush is thoroughly cleansed and rinsed of any soap.
But if Ryan Gosling wants to come over and clean my brushes I won't say no!