Friday, June 15, 2012

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Hi beauties!! I was tasked recently with a tutorial on how to properly clean makeup brushes. I WAS planning on filming a video tutorial and was all set to do it, when I received a text that both pissed me off and made me laugh at the same time.

My cat got a hold of my kabuki brush.

See, my deaf cat likes to put things in his water bowl. Toys, socks, strings... and now he's moved onto kabuki brushes. I've moved my makeup out to the dining room and had forgotten to put my brushes up and out of the reach of the animals and he wound up deciding this brush (one of my FAVORITES) belonged in the water bowl.

That meant I had to clean my brushes ASAP and the video had to be put on the backburner for now. I'm still planning on making a video review, so make sure to keep your eyes on this blog for that!

This is something I do once a week to make sure my brushes stay clean. I have separate brushes I use for professional use and they get cleaned before and after each use. I am pretty fanatical about keeping my tools clean, and will go at the MOST two weeks in between cleanings. If you do your makeup religiously every day, then you would need to do this once a week. If you're a once in a while kind of person, you COULD stretch it out to two weeks, but I wouldn't suggest it. :)

I use Paul Mitchell Tea Tree shampoo (the regular plain jane one) because it has antiseptic properties, as well as being very moisturizing. I buy this at the salon I work at. Salon brands are ONLY guaranteed when bought from a SALON. Remember that, folks! If you see it in the supermarket, drug store, or anything other than a SALON, it is probably black market, tampered with, or expired. Just remember that!

It's sold for less than $20.00 at my salon (I don't know the exact price since I pay wholesale for it) and it will last me at least six to eight months.

The only other thing you'll need besides the shampoo is two bowls, a towel that will fit all your brushes, and a sink with running water. And patience. Lots and lots of patience. :)

Click the "read more" to see the step-by-step process of how to clean makeup brushes!

A beautiful pile of dirty makeup brushes:

The shampoo that I use:

That kabuki brush that little stinkface go to (gross, right?):

Squeeze about a quarter sized amount of shampoo into a clean bowl:

You'll then pour enough water in the bowl to make it about two inches deep and use your finger to make suds/break down the shampoo. I'm sorry for the lack of visual on that one, but that's the best guesstimation I can come up with.

You will also need a bowl of just water. This will be your rinse bowl. Depending on how dirty your brushes are, you will probably need to rinse the bowls out and refill them a few times.

Now the fun part! Take each brush, one by one, and dip into the soap bowl and swish around. Make sure you DO NOT get water above where the bristles meet the ferrell (metal part - I'm sure I misspelled that). If you get water up there enough times, it will loosen the glue and will make the whole brush fall apart.

Then take the brush and swish it around in the clean water bowl.

If you find that your brush is really soapy, you can run the brush under slowly running water. Make sure you DO NOT point the brush bristles side up!

Take the brush and slowly and gently wipe the excess water off on a plushy, clean towel:

Reshape and lay flat to dry!

Keep doing that until all the brushes are clean! I normally start with my face brushes, because they require that I replace the soap water and rinse water bowls quite a few times.


A beautiful row of clean makeup brushes! Yay!

If you do not have destructive cats like I do, you would just leave the brushes out overnight to dry. Unfortunately, I know my cats and so I lift up one side of the towel to "cradle" the brushes and keep them safe.

And that's it! Pretty simple! Please let me know if there are any further questions regarding how to clean your makeup brushes by leaving me a comment down below! :)

Oh, also... here's the kabuki brush, all nicely cleaned and ready to be used again :)

I think it wins for most improved LOL.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome. Thank you so much for this. I know you're supposed to clean your brushes, but never knew how often. YAY!!!