We all have the struggle. All brushes are dirty and we try to figure out a way, to make cleaning them easy and effective. I’m kind of germaphobic, when it comes to dirty brushes. I could never use them twice, not even on myself. My job brings it with it, that I do have a lot of brushes to clean and that’s why I figured out a way, to clean them fast, easy and also budget friendly. Because when cleaning 150 brushes every week, you don’t wanna spend 10€ per soap. I’m going to show you two easy ways to get your brushes clean and also some tips to keep them soft and beautiful for a long time. A little side note: Clean brushes are not only beautiful, they apply products better and also won’t make your skin react. Dirty brushes and sponges can cause acne and also allergic reactions.
Life In Your Brushes and Sponges
Now before I get into the topic of clean brushes, I want to tell you a little horror story, which will make you an enthusiastic brush cleaner. Trust me, it won’t end with a happy ever after. But let’s get into it. You sit in your beauty room in the morning, getting ready for the day. Starting with a primer, some foundation and concealer. All of this products you apply with a brush or your moist sponge. Because you like the way it glides on your skin. After your makeup is done, you get to work. Coming home, you don’t even think about the city you built during the day. The next day, you use the same brushes and sponge to apply your daily makeup and so on and so on. After a week you wonder, “Why does this sponge smell so funny?”. The answer: Because you built a little city of germs in your brushes and sponge. Especially in sponges they have a warm and damp surrounding.
If you wash your brushes and sponges every time you use them, you can easily keep them clean without any bacteria. And the sponge doesn’t need to be replaces every week, but keep in mind to replace it every 3 months (when using & cleaning it right and on yourself) like your toothbrush.
But now, let’s get into cleaning!
I have a few different options for you, which are from quick dry cleaning, over quick wet cleaning to a thoroughly cleansing process. I find it important to know all of these techniques, to choose the right one in the situation you’re in at the moment.
Quick And No Longer Dirty
I’m starting with the option, which is quick and easy to do, if you need your brush to be clean in a second. This is perfect when you do your makeup and need another brush, but you only have 3 or 4. I do use this technique only for myself and only if it’s really necessary. Also this is not the way for everyday and for super clean brushes. That’s only if you need to get them clean really quick while doing your makeup. I bought my dry brush cleanser from amazon and I really like it a lot, if I need to have a quick cleanse.
Get It Out Of The Brush
The second way to get clean brushes, which is also a really quick option, is a technique I always use on set. It’s a brush cleanser in a spray bottle. I like to use the one from dm or Mac. The only thing is, you should definitely not use this technique always. Though to the fact that there is alcohol in this cleansers and the brush hairs will not be happy and healthy when using this spray cleanser all the time. For quick cleanse and on set it’s perfect, but for a throughly cleaned brush, you should go for option 3.
Now onto option 3, which I highly suggest to do, if you do love your skin and brushes. Also if you’re a professional, this is actually kind of option 1. It’s important to keep your brushes clean and the hair smooth, so you can keep them for years. Washing them with soap or shampoo and giving them a extra conditioning every 2-4 weeks will make keep them looking brand new.
I’m going to tell you, how I clean my brushes after every use.
First thing, I get the bristles wet under running water, this step also gets rid of loose pigments. Secondly I rub the brush onto soap until it’s completely soaked. Btw I always use a soap which actually is for artist brushes, but I simply like the smell and that it is less expensive. To get it super clean rub it against your fingers/hand or in a cleaning glove or the little cleaning kidney I have. After that, wash all the excess soap out of the brush carefully. As a last step squeeze the excess water out of the brush and lay the brush flat on a towel. With this rubber nets you keep the bristles firm as well while drying.
Do you have any more questions on how to clean brushes? Drop me a line or comment down below, I’d be happy to add any more information!
I do have a list of my favorite brushes, if you wanna know, what are my favorites!