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Give Makeup the Brush off! How to Clean Your Brushes

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Dirty brushes waiting to be clean!

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Awhile ago, I create a board on Pinterest ( oh you don’t Follow us?- you SHOULD Here). Anyway, I pinned an instructional step by step on how to clean your makeup brushes. This is one of the most frequently Googled questions, so I thought it would be a great idea to address it again, here.

Clean brushes really improve the overall quality of your makeup application, both in how it looks, and how it feels. But, it is also necessary in preventing any issues you may have, such as, spreading bacteria, or causing irritation, or worse, infection on your face. While most mineral makeup is inert (FFM is), meaning there are no ingredients in our stuff that is capable of growing or sustaining bacteria, mold, or fungus, YOUR brushes, or leftover skin cells CAN, and DO, grow these things. It’s why sanitation, in our industry, is so important, but, is equally important in personal use. It’s also why sprinkling minerals into the cap to use, or putting ANY of your makeup on a palette, is an ideal way to keep things clean, and, therefore, safer.

I recently had a client, who has used FFM for quite some time, let me know that she was having an issue with my shade Vanilla, and asked, had anything changed in the formula? I responded no, but was concerned, and asked her several questions. Most of my eye products have similar ingredients, often overlapping, and typically having a reaction to only one, but not any others, is unusual. We investigated further, and she finally told me, it was because she was not washing her face every night, and not washing her brushes. Once she started doing both, the problem disappeared. She had assumed it was my shadow, Vanilla, because that was the color she used all over her lid as a base shade. OK, problem solved! Whew. BUT, it brings up a very great point. A. Please wash your face, especially if you are wearing makeup, every night. I’ve done some great posts on this topic before; you can find several at the blog. B. You NEED to wash your brushes regularly, and I am going to show you how!

You can use any cleanser you prefer. I tell my clients if it’s safe enough to wash your face, then it should be fine for your brushes. I AM going to list a few of my particular favorites, but you can use any gentle, mild cleanser you prefer, just make sure you get all the residue out!

Dirty Brushes

Step #1 Gather Dirty Brushes

Gather your dirty brushes, and whatever soap you’re using to clean them. I personally love Clean Apothecary ( olive oil based). They can now, be found on Beautylish, along with several other brush cleansers I love, Like Parian, which I carry in my professional makeup kit. Though, I usually buy it from Frends Beauty Supply, along with a lot of other supplies as they are one of my favorites their customer service cannot be beat!

Wet the solid soap

Step #2 Wet the solid soap ( if using solid)

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Step #3 Wet your brush( JUST the Bristles!)

 

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Step #4 Swirl brush into soap, either solid, or in the palm of your hand.

Step #5- work soap through bristles using your fingers, and brushing back and forth over fingers.

Step #5 work soap through bristles using your fingers, and brushing back and forth over fingers.

Step #6- Rinse brush in warm water, until well rinsed and running clear. Make sure brush head is facing downward so as not to get water up into ferrule and loosen glue.

Step #6 Rinse brush in warm water, until well rinsed and running clear. Make sure brush head is facing downward so as not to get water up into ferrule and loosen glue. Repeat Steps #5 & 6 until thoroughly clean.

Step #7 Gently Squeeze excess water from the brush.

Step #7 Gently Squeeze excess water from the brush.

Step #8- Dry with a clean towel, again, squeezing out excess moisture.

Step #8 Dry with a clean towel, again, squeezing out excess moisture.

Step #9- Reshape and lay with on folded towel with bristles overhanging edge to allow air to circulate.

Step #9 Reshape and lay with on folded towel with bristles overhanging edge to allow air to circulate.

Step #10- Allow to dry. Anywhere from 6 hours to overnight depending upon brush type, humidity, etc. For extra sanitation, and disinfection- I love a spritz of Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner, which is also what i'll use on set for quick cleaning, and sanitizing if needed. Or 70% alcohol works great as well!

Step #10 Allow to dry. Anywhere from 6 hours to overnight depending upon brush type, humidity, etc. For extra sanitation, and disinfection I love a spritz of Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner, which is also what I’ll use on set for quick cleaning, and sanitizing if needed. Or 70% alcohol works great as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I actually offer a few extra brush cleaning steps, and pics, at the Pinterest page, so feel free to check those out on this Board.

I love my  choice of brush soap, but, as I said, you can use any brand you like as long as it is thoroughly removing all makeup and the residue rinses out of brushes.  I can highly recommend Dr Bronner’s Castile soaps, ( both liquid or solid), & London Brush Company  (another great solid soap, by a talented, professional makeup artist).

The main thing is, PLEASE clean your brushes! Ideally, it would be daily, or after every use, which is what we pros do to stay sanitary, but I recommend once every week. This is ideal for keeping them germ free, and soft as well.

Let me know if you have any questions about this, or any other makeup related topic!

 

This week’s sample color ( with any full sized order) is Prep Step 2 our yellow based correcting concealer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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