It has been a while! Thanks for sticking around! I have been meaning (batting eyelashes) to give you all a quick how-to on cleaning your brushes. Brushes need to be cleaned for two MAIN reasons
1) Longevity of the Brush
2)Dirty Brushes can equal yucky skin. YES, this is true. I swear on my kit…..
Of course I know how busy we all are, but I assure you, these are 5 minutes that you MUST make time for each week. Your skin will thank me. (All thank you gifts can be sent to me directly at studio <3…)
So, here we go….For the basic at home user, I recommend sanitizing first.
1) Put (about) 2 tablespoons alcohol in shallow dish. I like standard household grade alcohol. Dip & Swish brushHEADS* only. Without getting too technical, some brush materials will require you to rub the alcohol around in them with fingertips to remove stubborn cream products.
*When cleaning your brushes, you want to make sure to avoid getting the ferrule (aka the metal part between the bristles and handle) wet. The ferrule is pretty signifiant in the life of your brush, and getting it wet can cause it to crack or get funkdafied as it dries.
2) Dry brush carefully with a paper towel, just to get excess alcohol off.
3) Using the same bowl (dump the alcohol) add a ‘drop’ (I know, this is similar to the very vague, ‘dash’ or ‘pinch’ in cooking….. ) or pea size amount of baby shampoo, then add warm water to make bubbly mix. Yes, you can certainly use a commercial makeup brush cleaner, but they are often pricey and dont last long. I get generic baby shampoo for like $2 and it last forever. You are ready to dip AND swish again. You can soak the brushes if they havent been cleaned for a while, but if you keep up with this and do it weekly, you wont need to add the extra time. You will see all the product starting to show up in the water…..This is when you take a moment to pat yourself on the back for NOT putting that nastiness back onto your nice, squeaky clean skin. Again, for a more dense brush, you may want to work the lather into the brush with your fingers.
4) Rinse brushes with CLEAN warm water. I use a bowl for this step too, this way I can see if I need to repeat clean any of them.
5)Remove excess water with paper towel and lay brushes FLAT to dry overnight. Voila! Brushes that are like NEW!!!!!!!!
I know what your thinking…..but I SWEAR after you have your groove, this will not take more than 5 minutes for you at home ladies. Obviously, pros are gonna take more time….but you my pretty……5 minutes are all I ask for. PER WEEK.
Have a great week!!!!! xoxoxo