How To Wash Makeup Brushes

I always have clients asking me how to properly wash makeup brushes.  I decided to do a tutorial and show you how to do it the right way.

There are many products on the market that you can purchase to wash your brushes.  There are makeup brush shampoos or you can use gentle hair shampoo, antibacterial soap or baby shampoo.  Today, I am using a gentle shampoo that I found in my house.  I have poured some of it into a jar.

Next, I am dipping my brush into the shampoo and rinsing it under running water.

ALWAYS wash your brushes with the bristles facing down.  You do not want to get water into the ferrule (the silver part) otherwise you will begin to disolve the glue that holds the bristles together and your brush will begin the shed.  When you wash your brush, make sure you are purging makeup that is in the middle bristles and rinse until water runs clear.

For brushes that are used with liquid or cream products (foundation, concealer, lipstick, etc.), you will want to fist clean them with a cream cleanser or makeup remover.  If you try to use a gel cleanser, it will not mix with the cream residue in the brushes and therefore will not fully clean the brush.  After cleansing with the cream, you may cleanse again with a gel.  Remember, brushes used for liquid and cream makeup hold more bacteria since they are in contact with moisture.  You will want to clean these brushes more frequently.

After you clean your brushes, reshape the bristles and lay them on a flat surface with the bristles hanging off of the side.  By doing this, no water is seeping into the ferrule and you are protecting the shape of the bristles.

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