I’ve talked about the importance of washing your brushes before, but I thought it would be handy to show you in photos. Brushes can be pricey, but they really are a life-long investment, and with that in mind, it’s important to treat them with care!
I wash mine about once a month or so, and that really keeps them in tip top shape. In the meanwhile, I’ll use a brush cleanser or baby wipes to clean them when changing colors.
MAC sells a fantastic (and cheap) brush cleanser.
All you have to do is put some of the cleanser on a tissue and wipe your brush clean. It doesn’t take that long to dry, but I recommend waiting a bit before using a new color.
You can also use baby wipes for the same purpose. As the mother of a two year old, the best and cheapest on the market are the unscented up & up brand (aka Target’s generic version). They are fantastic and work well for so many purposes!
Now, on to the washing of the brushes.
Big warning – as I was going through the photos, I realized I really should have cleaned my sink beforehand! Aaack! So my apologies in advance!
Cast of Characters:
1. Your brushes
2. A container to wash them in – I use a 99 cent flower pot from Ikea, which I also use to store my brushes.
3. Shampoo – any shampoo will do, I used DevaCurl’s Low Poo because it was handy.
Step One: Fill your container halfway with warm water,and add your shampoo or whatever you’re going to use to clean your brushes.
Step Two: Use your brushes to agitate the water, and then let the brushes soak for about five minutes.
Step Three: Rinse your brushes under warm water. I like to rinse them all together first, to get out the soap, and then I’ll go and rinse them all individually. It doesn’t take that long, just a couple of minutes.
Step Four: Use a towel to take away the excess moisture and shape the brushes. Sometimes they’ll get a bit splayed, and now’s when you can reshape them.
Step Five: Now that your brushes are clean and damp, lay them down straight on a towel and let them air dry. If you do this over night, they will be dry and ready to use in the morning! And once you use a fresh, clean brush, you will be so glad you finally got around to washing your brushes!
How often do you cleanse your brushes and how do you usually do that?