Putting on makeup is fun. Playing in different colors, textures, and using different mediums. And then there’s the clean up. I can’t be the only person who dreads cleaning my makeup brushes. but I know that clean makeup brushes and tools are essential to any makeup artist or enthusiast for many reasons, which is why I’ve created this pictorial teaching you How to Clean your Makeup Brushes using Clean Brush Shampoo (review) and alcohol.
Why you should learn how to clean your makeup brushes
Not cleaning your makeup brushes are doing your skin, makeup and brushes a huge disservice. In order for your makeup brushes and tools to perform effectively, and apply your makeup flawlessly, they must be clean. Dirty brushes can lead to muddy looking, or streaky makeup. Dirty brushes can also lead to breakouts since they tend to harbor bacteria and dead skin cells. Additionally, if you’re a makeup artist, not keeping your brushes clean, and doing so in between clients can contaminate all of your makeup. Brushes, like anything else are also an investment, especially if you’re a makeup artist, so think of keeping them clean as protecting your investment. Dirty brushes do tend to lead to a shorter life expectancy for you brushes.
Things you need to clean your makeup brushes
First, you need a few items in order to clean your makeup brushes so make sure you have the following setup before hand.
Now, let’s get to how to clean your makeup brushes
1. Wet the brush with lukewarm water with the brush head facing down.
Remember: Do not wet past the ferrule since continued saturation of the ferrule, overtime can cause the glue to weaken, thus leading to the brush head detaching from the handle.
2. Since I used Clean Brush solid brush shampoo, I also wet that, too.
3. Swirl the dirty brush around in the jar, and then on your hand for extra dirty brushes.
4. Rinse brush under lukewarm water until the water runs clear.
5. Gently squeeze out excess water.
6. Lie flat on towel to dry.
Usually, after my brushes are dry, I wet a paper towel with 70% alcohol, and then wipe down the brush handles. I think this is a crucial step for makeup artists.
I hope this pictorial has been helpful in helping you to learn how to clean your makeup brushes.