I don’t know about you but I hate cleaning my makeup brushes. It always seems like they take forever to dry and I never really knew how to clean them right. I tried to do some research online to see what the best way to clean them was and everyone had a different way to do it. So I decided that I was going to try my own way and see if it would work.
Before I had some makeup brushes for probably close to 10 years and I think I only cleaned them about once. Yuck! Then, a couple years ago for Christmas my husband got me some really nice new brushes from Ulta. I knew that now that I had these new brushes I really needed to start taking better care of them if they were going to last me a while. I have been cleaning my brushes for about two years now and they are still in great condition. I probably do not clean them as often as I should but I do always try to clean them about once a month.
First I get all my brushes out that I want to clean. Then I lay out a clean hand towel on the sink so I can lay them all down once I am done.
Then I put some face wash in my hand and turn the water on. I use Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser (Get this from amazon here). It is a really gentle face wash that is made to also remove makeup and dirt. I used to use it on my face but I was having some pretty bad breakouts so I decided to switch to something else. Even though I don’t use it on my face it has been perfect to clean my brushes off with.
To clean my brushes I take a brush and get it wet then I swirl it around in the palm of my hand to get it covered in the cleanser. As you do this you will see the water and cleanser get really dirty as it washes out the brush. I do this until the water rinses out clear from the brush.
I squeeze out the excess water from the brush and dry it off with a paper towel. Make sure you don’t see any makeup on the paper towel. If you do then you need to keep washing the brush.
After that I lay it on the clean towel to air dry for the rest of the day.
This is something that is a little time consuming and it will take about a day for the brushes to all dry. However, it is something that you should do as often as you can to preserve the life of your brushes and to help keep your skin clear from breakouts.