Cleaning your make up brushes is one of those beauty bores that many of us choose to overlook. But if you think about it, those bristly friends of ours are perfect places for old make-up, dead skin cells (yuck) and even infections to fester.
So you're probably thinking, 'oh great, now I have to go buy some expensive new cleaning product', when actually it's pretty cheap!
Before I worked as a make-up artist I used Johnson's baby conditioning shampoo to clean my brushes which is cheap as chips, really easy to pick up from the supermarket and works really well. More recently however, I've needed to step up my game in the cleanliness department as I work on so many different faces, so I tried out a couple of different brush cleansers. At the moment I'm loving Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap (shown below) which was only $10.95 from David Jones and has tonnes of different scents to choose from. For just your own personal brushes you could use any type of gentle shampoo or even handwash if you don't want to buy a separate product though.
Washing brushes is very similar to washing your hair, but needs to be much more gentle. I would say there are three main points in brush cleaning where people can go very wrong without realising till it's too late.
1. Using water that is way too hot. (melts the glue which is holding the bristles!)
2. Holding/leaving the brush with the bristles facing upwards whilst it's being washed or dried.
3. Not washing all the soap out leaving a foamy residue.
Starting with some luke-warm water from the tap I like to dampen my brush a little before squeezing a drop of soap into my palm. Then I swish my brush around in the soap to form a lather. Once a nice lather has appeared I rinse both the brush and my palm (keeping the bristles facing downwards) and see whether I need to give it another swish with the soap or not. Often with foundation brushes or brushes that have been left a long time you will need to do that process a couple of times to make sure all the product is out.
However if the brush looks clean and isn't leaking foam if you squeeze the bristles, it's time to start the drying process. This is the step that many people get a bit wrong. After gently reshaping the brush with my fingertips I like to lay it down on a clean towel on the edge of a surface - this allows the brush to be completely flat (if not slightly tipped downwards) and left to air dry properly. If you were to put the brush straight back into its pot upright or away in your bag you might find it's shed all its hair by morning, eek!
When's your brush laundry day?