Off the top of my head, I could think of 50 things I'd rather be doing than deep cleaning my brushes. It's probably THE bane of my existence but it's a necessary evil. The skin is our largest organ, our first line of defense and the first thing people see – so we gotta protect it! Besides keeping our skin in better shape, clean brushes also makes it easier to blend. I can't lie and say I deep clean them EVERY.SINGLE.WEEK (which is recommended), but I have a handful of brushes so I tend to push off deep cleansing for a hot minute. Eye brushes are especially crucial to clean after/before each use because having product build up is 1. Gross and 2. Can muddy the colors (that means awful blending). To get a marvelous clean without the pruney hands in-between deep cleaning, I'm OBSESSED with the Cinema Secrets Professional Makeup Brush Cleaner. It's easy, quick, incredibly effective and dries super fast. Which I LOVE! I can clean my brushes with this product about 5-10 minutes before sitting at my vanity and they're ready to go. I still love my MAC Brush cleaner as well, but it just takes to long so dry. So I think we know who I feel is the real winner here. (find it in 4 sizes here!)
Ideally, you're looking to deep clean your personal brushes every 1-2 weeks, maybe 3, depending on how often you use them. I know it's such a drag, but this Cinema Secrets brush cleaner is only going to get your brushes so clean. You definitely have to bust out the big guns from time to time.
Things you'll need
- Soap – you spend money on your brushes, and they're gentle creatures, so straight up dish detergent ain't treating your babies right. I recommend the Beauty Blender brand liquid cleanser (find it here) to be kind to your sensitive bristles and just a TOUCH of a gentle and moisturizing dish soap. I'm sure plenty of my makeup artists are gritting their teeth at this suggestion. But hear me out! Those "tough on grease, not on your hands" commercials are right – they're incredibly moisturizing, but they're heavy duty. I particularly like to add just a small squeeze of dish soap to really help break up stubborn products like foundation, concealers, liquid lipsticks, gel liners and glitters.
- A plastic bowl or dish – I like to do this step to create my liquid, soapy concoction to dip my brushes in before swirling them around on my hand or mat
- Brush Cleaning Mat or Glove (*optional) – you don't need this item, but let me tell you – you need it if you want to maintain your sanity while washing your brushes. It makes your life 1000% easier and your hands much less pruney than if you were to not use one. A quick Google search can give you tips on making your own, but shout out to my boo, Anna for hooking yo girl up! (It's a great birthday present, y'all… find it here for only $25!)
Easy as 1,2,3 (4,5,6…)
- Pour 1 part dish soap to 3 parts Beauty Blender liquid in your bowl
- Wet your brush under warm to luke warm water, careful to JUST run the water on the bristles and not too close to the ferrel (the part where the bristles come out from)
- Lightly dip in soap mixture
- Gently swirl around in circular motions and back and forth on Sigma Spa mat/glove till suds turn more white than dirty from the makeup
- Rinse out soap, again careful to not run water too close to bristles
- Holding your brush with bristles facing down, gently squeeze out water making sure all soap is out and that the water runs clear. If not, repeat steps 3-5 til it does
- Reshape bristles
- Lay flat to dry! – I especially like to lay them flat along my countertop or table top with the bristles hanging slightly off so that the air can circumvent and dry the brush thoroughly from all sides
I like to let them dry overnight so they're ready to go by morning!! This isn't the most glamorous part of makeup, and I wish I could hire a professional makeup washer… but it's like dishes or undies y'all – you gotta clean them to reuse them.
Who's interested in a post about my favorite makeup brush brands? 🤔
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