If tinted lip balm can be called a gateway “drug” into the broader world of makeup, then I would have to say that buying my first set of makeup brushes could be considered the turning point that set me up to become a total makeup junkie 😉 For several years before I had brushes, my collection, if you could even call it one, consisted of a few lip products, eye liner, and mascara. While the acquisition of brushes definitely opened up a whole new world of powder products and application techniques, it also added a whole other level of commitment to my beauty game: cleaning said makeup brushes. It should also go without saying that I didn’t stop at just the one brush set, over the years I’ve amassed quite a few brushes, all for their niche purposes. Oddly, while I have never been one of those people who waits to do laundry until they are on the last set of clean clothing…I do somehow wait to wash my brushes until my I am down to my not-so-favorites. Eww..I know! Dirty makeup brushes don’t do your products justice, not to mention can be quite unhygienic. So far this year, I’ve washed my makeup brushes more than I had for the whole of last year, and I owe this to the fact that I’ve finally found a system that works for me.
There are a lot of products out there to help make cleaning makeup brushes better, faster and more efficient. These are the ones that I really like:
- Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castille Liquid Soap: My first step is soaking all of my dirty brushes in a container filled with water and a couple squirts of this soap. Recycled yogurt containers work well here. This is a pretty gentle yet effective soap that helps to prep for the upcoming deep clean and even just soaking gets rid quite a bit of product from the brushes.
- Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser: I originally purchased this to help remove stains from my makeup sponges and when I saw how well it worked, I started swirling my brushes in here as well. This really cleanses away all product – powder, liquid or cream.
- Brush Cleaning Glove/Palette: These rubberized surfaces with their array of grooves and notches really help the solid cleanser to penetrate the dense hairs of the brush and remove everything. While the palette is nice for eye and smaller face brushes, I really like the glove for large, very dense brushes.The thumb groove acts as a good water wringer as well – helping to reduce drying time. Your gloved hand stays totally dry, which is a bonus for dry skin-suffers, like myself!
I understand that the basic anatomy of a makeup brush involves several hairs glued within a metal ferrule that is connected to the handle. Because of this glue, it’s often recommended to dry brushes upside down to avoid water seeping into the ferrule and tampering with the glues’ hold on the brush hairs. I personally lay mine flat to dry on a towel (in my bathtub) after wringing out any excess water. This has worked well for me – many of my brushes are a couple, if not, a few years old and still perform like new without shedding!
My collection consists of mostly synthetic brushes so I haven’t felt the need to condition or apply any further steps to my routine. I hope this helps any who are lazy brush washers like me. Sometimes it just takes the right routine and products to get you going 🙂