Oh my!!! It has been such a crazy, crazy week for me that I’ve either blogged, nor looked at other blogs! I’ve just been really, really busy! It’s strange. I’ve only been blogging for 2 months, but it’s already become a habit and a every-few-day routine for me ❤
This post is about brush washing. A few of my friends have asked me how I wash my brushes. There are so many ways to do it, and there are also many different products out there for brush-cleaning. So this is what I do…..
First of all, I always keep my brushes in to 3 different cups; one for big face brushes, one for small eye brushes…. and one for used/dirty brushes. This way, I always know which to wash because they are all in one cup! I wash my brushes about once a week.
! A confession: I know I’m supposed to spot clean every time I use the brushes, but I’m too lazy to do that 😦
So here are my dirty brushes-cup:
I know there are many specific brush wash soaps out there, but I’ve not really been able to find any in the stores, and I just don’t wanna spend money on brush soaps from the high-end brands… it’s just a soap…
I’ve heard that you could use a little dishwasher mixing with few drops of olive oil. Or just a disinfecting (hand)soap will do. Out of habit, I’ve been using a feminine soap. What I do, is that I turn all the brushes upside down in the cup: put in a little bit of water and a few drops of soap. Swirl them a little around, and let them soak for a few minutes:
And then I start washing them. Place the brush (one at a time for face brushes and 2-3 at a time for eye brushes with similar shape) in luke warm water. I just rinse and put the soap directly in my palm. I make sure to have my hand half opened/half closed, so that it forms a “bowl” – this creates lines in my hand I use as kind of a “scrubbing board”:
and then just swirl the brush in the palm, clean it, and rinse it until the water is clear. Press the water out with your fingers:
Always try to point the brushes downwards to avoid the water to go into the “root” which can damage the brush. I know that many people say that the water is not supposed to touch the handle at all, but come on – it’s impossible to avoid that.
I put the brushes on a towel one by one (I divide the wash in to two parts – big and small brushes). Use the towel to suck as much water out of the clean brushes as possible:
For a few brushes that are extra stubborn, I give them one more round of washing. I dip them into a makeup-remover and soak for a few minutes. And then I wash them again.
I have the Sigma Dry’n Shape, so I use it for the brushes that need shaping the most:
And for the rest (mostly small brushes), I just place them at the edge of a table:
Just make sure that you don’t dry them with the brush tips pointing upwards. The water will move downwards and might damage your brushes.
I’m still playing with ideas for a DIY brush drying system….
Sigma came out with the Sigma Spa brush cleaning glove. I was thinking of buying it, but I just think it’s too expensive to pay 35$ for a rubber glove! However, I’ve heard that it’s really effective. So it’s probably worth it of you have tons of brushes to wash all the time. But for now, I think I’m good 😉
Do you have any awesome brush washing tips you wanna share with me???