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FelixFelix Fri 21-Mar-14 09:12:01

Just realised I haven't cleaned my makeup brushes for a while blush

So the question is - how do you clean yours? Is there a 'proper' way I should be doing it? Last time, I cleaned my Bare Minerals kabuki brush and it went all fluffy and unusable confused

SundaySimmons Fri 21-Mar-14 09:17:10

I rinse under warm, not hot tap. Then I fill a glass with warm water and add fairy washing up liquid and leave my brushes in over night. In the morning rinse with warm then cold water, blot on kitchen roll, and leave to dry upright in the emptied glass on the kitchen windowsill which gets great natural sunlight.

I use real techniques and bamboo ones and have loads so that I can use some whilst others are drying.

My brushes come out as good as new.

candycrushhater Fri 21-Mar-14 09:21:58

I watched this video by Pixiwoo recently and realised I'd been cleaning my brushes all wrong for years! I'm

MrsBennetsEldest Fri 21-Mar-14 09:23:47

Isopropyl Alcohol which you buy from the chemist or online (cheaper).

Just swirl brushes in and they dry almost immediately. It disinfects them too. Recommended by make up artists.

Lovethebubbles Fri 21-Mar-14 09:44:03

I use baby shampoo on mine and it seemed to do the trick.

chipsandpeas Fri 21-Mar-14 10:17:11

i use a alcohol type spray from bare minerals after every use then about once a month was them using a drop of shampoo

FelixFelix Fri 21-Mar-14 10:43:03

Ah everyone has a different way then grin I may have a look for that isopropyl alcohol!

auldspinster Fri 21-Mar-14 12:21:08

Surgical spirit will do the same thing as isoproyl alcohol and is easier to get hold of. I wash mine in dr bronner's castille liquid soap and spot clean with a no.7 brush cleaner that i got with one of the Boots discount voucher. Hand sanitiser is good for getting lipstick off a lip brush.

Ilovecoodomol Fri 21-Mar-14 14:52:30

The isopropyl is great for those needing brushes dried quickly. I used to do catwalk shows that were hectic, models lining up for their makeup and the solution was great for the constant round of brush cleaning I had to do but every now and then it is good to wash your brushes with water, imagine if you constantly cleaned your hair by spraying it with cleaners? Okay for a while but a good scrub is needed eventually. I use a baby shampoo, some people use a conditioner (most good brushes are horse or goat hair after all) but I found they were so soft afterwards they didn't pick up the product as well. Don't soak the whole brush, product shouldn't get up to the root anyway and if you soak the whole thing the glue holding the hair will eventually give, some brushes are damn expensive and you want them to last.

pancakedayiscoming Fri 21-Mar-14 18:53:04

Mine come out perfectly fine. I use some liquid soap and swirl the brush in the palm of my hand with some warm water, rinse well, blot with toilet paper and leave to dry. I do this every other week or so. I also swirl the brush around on toilet paper after each use so it doesn't just get left to go manky.

Puddles1234 Fri 21-Mar-14 19:08:30

I use a brush cleanser. You can buy them from Shu Uemura, Mac etc.

Whether right or wrong my motto is you wouldn't use baby shampoo or washing up liquid on your hair then why why use it on your natural fiber brushes.

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