I know I speak for anyone that uses makeup brushes – wash day is not one we look forward to. Washing your brushes can take a great chunk of time out of your day, especially if you are trying to wash all of them in one setting. For me, I like to wash my brushes once a month and use a spray cleanser in between wash days. Once upon time my wash days consisted of hand soap, lukewarm water, towel and the palm of my hands, I have since tweaked my routine as you’ll see below.
- Dial Oil Free Acne Control Face Wash
- Silicone Pot Holder
- Rubber bands
- Towel bar
- Dirty Brushes
I start by wetting my brush and adding a small amount of soap
I then rub it against the silicone mat, paying attention to the shape of the brush. If the brush is domed or round in shape, they should be washed in a swirl motion, if the are flat shaped, they should be dragged. Working against the shape of the brush can distort the shape of your brush and damage bristle which could result in messy makeup application.
I like to lay each brush flat on on a towel until I’m done washing all.
Now prior to this new found drying technique, I used to dry my brushes on an incline, using a small towel rolled up and placed behind the handles, so that the bristles are facing down.
This new method allows them to be completely facing downwards ensuring that no water is dipping into the handles, which can cause the handle to come loose.
To hang brushes, hold the rubber band behind the bar and then pull both end to the front of the bar and place the brush handle in outstretched rubber band then let go to secure brush. For smaller ones, double the rubber band.
**Before hanging, you can rid your brushes of excess water by squeezing brushes into a paper towel or micro fiber makeup rag.
Tips and Tricks
- Keep brush soft by massaging a tad bit of conditioner into bristles, rinse with warm water before drying.
- Clean handles by disinfecting with alcohol and cotton pad
- Preserve the names and model numbers of your brushes by applying clear polish over any identifying text.
- In between deep cleaning sanitize brushes by spraying them with alcohol and wiping off in a paper towel.