Todays topic....BRUSH CARE!
Since joining the makeup scene and doing a fair amount of research on sanitation and how to care for my tools I realized that I have been cleaning my brushes all wrong for years! The majority of us don't know what were doing unless we go searching for it even though we all likely use makeup brushes every day.
With makeup artistry its important to have clean tools for obvious reasons! I have a brush cleaner that I use while doing makeup that I LOVE (appearance at the end of the post). This is used in between each use for sanitation and to get rid of the makeup on the brush. Even with this brush cleaner doing a fabulous job there is still the much needed deep clean that happens after each shoot.
SO! If you are reading this for personal use you don't need to do it as often as someone who is using them on multiple people weekly. However you should deep clean your personal brushes at least every other month! To some of you this may seem like a lot but keep in mind all the oil and build up that is accumulating on your brushes after each use. And all those oils and build up you are re applying to your skin every time you use them. So to dive right in, here is what you need for your makeup brush deep clean!
-Water: I like to have a bowl of water so that I can sit down and take my time. I also like the bowl because you have more control over where water is getting on the brush. You can use a spray bottle, the sink, a bowl etc...your choice!
-Something to mix in: Bowl, plate, your hand etc...whatever you want!
-Baby Shampoo: Its important to use a soft sensitive shampoo or a gentle soap!
-Towel and/or Paper Towels: I use both!
Set up all your shenanigans so your all set and ready to go!
Get your brush wet! It is important not to dip the metal part in the water. Brushes are held in the base of your brush by glue. You get the glue wet and your bristles are sure to fall out! I play it safe and go just before the metal part when dipping it in the water. This is why I like the bowl of water vs the sink ;)
Place a small dot of baby shampoo in your mixing bowl, hand, plate, whatever you decided to use.
Fan out your brush from side to side while creating bubbles! Sort of a twisting and pushing motion. Go back to your bowl of water to get wet again, then back to the mixing bowl to fan out your brush and create bubbles again. Go back and forth until you feel good about it. After you have shampooed your brush get it wet again, use your fingers to rinse out the bubbles, water, and makeup in the mixing bowl. Do this until the water in the brush runs clear!
If you rinse it in the mixing bowl which you will clean after each use than you dont have to replace your water as often.
Do the same fan motion on a paper towel to dry your brushes!
It is important to re shape your brush while its wet before placing it down to dry! I do this by pinching the point of the brush with my fingers.
After re shaping your brush place it down on a towel. This part is important! You dont want the brush part touching the towel. The brushes need to be hanging over the edge to hold its correct shape AND to avoid the brush becoming mildewy.
DONT put your brushes facing up in a jar or container to dry, I used to do this and its dumb! All the water is going to drip down into the base of the brush (where the glue is) and make your bristles fall out. AFTER you brushes are dried place them in a cup with the brushes facing up or in a brush roll that has brush slots (only after your brushes are dry).
After each brush is clean I use that same paper towel I dried the brush on to clean out the mixing bowl so its ready for the next round. I than get a new paper towel for the next brush! Change out your water as ofter as needed. Depending on the brushes I usually change the water every 3 brushes or if the water starts to change color.
For in between use I use Japonesque brush cleaner. I LOVE this stuff! It smells like oranges which everyone always comments on! It strips all the makeup off the brush quick and within a few wipes. Its also pretty cheap so its a win win in every way!
Taa-daa! I hope this sheds some light!
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