It's important to clean your makeup brushes to prevent breakouts and infections. I spot clean brushes I use with dry products (eyeshadow, blush, bronzer, etc.) after each use. Liquid products I'm a bit more particular about and clean my brush after each use instead as I break out really easy.
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I use baking soda on brushes that have foundation or products that can stain, a little goes a long way and helps keep brushes looking like new. I also use a small plate to press the brush against when cleaning and rinsing, if you don't want to use a plate the palm of your hand works just as well.
The Olive oil mixed into the soap helps condition your brushes and keep them feeling soft. I have also seen people apply olive oil on their brushes after cleaning but for me I don't like the way that leaves them feeling so I mix it in. You can use either method to keep the type of conditioning you like for your brushes.
If you want to do multiple brushes use more or less product. I set this up for one brush for demonstration purposes.
Set brush aside on the clean paper towel until your ready to set up your drying station. This is what I did before I had a Dry and Shape.
Take a large glass that is tall enough to hold your brushes up. Next fill the bottom with dry paper towel and create a nest for your brushes to rest on.
I still use this method on some of my smaller yet fluffy eye brushes since my dry and shape doesn't have many spots for smaller brushes. This also works with large brushes.
Rolling them tightly in paper towel while they dry helps them maintain their shape and gives your brush a longer life.
You always want to dry your brushes with the bristles downward so no moisture gets left behind in the ferule. Also when rinsing try your best not to get water above the metal edge of the ferule otherwise your may find that your brush handle will begin to loosen over time. I like to use luke warm water because it's a happy medium too hot of water can also loosen the glue on your brushes.
You can also use this method with brush cleaners if you don't want to mix this up, I do use that sometimes if I'm in a pinch for time.
Hope this is helpful Happy Friday everyone!
How do you wash your brushes?