How I Clean My Brushes

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Here are about 80% of my brushes that I have collected over the past few years. They tend to sit in this pot, though my Bobbi Brown Kabuki Brush normally sits next to it because it is too chunky and stubby and I don't mean to discriminate him at all. I'm on the hunt for a cute little container to store them in but for the moment this white cardboard thing works okay. 


To wash my brushes I use this Clinique Make Up Brush Cleanser (£12.50 for 236ml). I wet the brushes first in a pool of warm water which takes on excess make-up. I then stand them on a tatty old towel so I can individually wash them. I squirt 2 or 3 sprays on each brush when I am doing a deep cleaning... but if it is a quick job on my foundation brush then I only put 1 on.I massage the formula into the bristles and rinse under warm water until it runs clear. 



This is what my sink tends to look like after a deep cleaning session on all of my brushes. It normally all washes off with a general bathroom cleaner type thing.


The last step, is that I leave them to dry. I tend to wipe excess water from the handles and then stand them up in pots but I make sure that they are spacious so they are quicker drying. And I leave them by an open window which also aids the drying. I must admit I do find it really therapeutic to clean my brushes especially on a rainy sunday afternoon. Though rinsing my foundation brush everyday I find a chore and tend to forget and I know that is really naughty of me... oops! :)

Do you enjoy washing your brushes? Or is it a bit of a chore?



12 comments:

  1. I don't clean my brushes enough! The clinic brush cleanser looks good though:)xo

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  2. great idea!

    http://laurenlovesmakeupxoxo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. This post has reminded me that I need to wash my brushes! x

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  4. Love this! I just use shampoo hahah xx

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  5. Awesome post, I just use baby shampoo.. it's always such a chore cleaning brushes xx

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  6. Uh it's a CHORE that I need to get around to a little more often. I'm a bit jealous of your brush collection though!

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  7. Ahh I really need to do this more...sigh. You have such a great set of brushes! :D xxx

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  8. I really need to wash my brushes I am so lazy when it comes to it though. I use Johnsons baby shampoo. x

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  9. It is always suuuch a chore for me haha.

    xo, Lela
    Fashion Blog - LelaLondon.com

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  10. Thanks for sharing your method. I like washing my brushes, I use a spray cleanser for quick and fast sanitizing but I love using anti-bacterial dish washing soap with olive oil for deep cleansing my brushes.:D

    - Marie
    allthingsmarie.com

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  11. Thanks for reminding me my brushes need done, I use vegetable oil and fairy liquid(washing up) for a deep clean but its to boring! I like your blog and I am glad I found it! I would like it if we could follow each other if you like!♥

    www.hiboufashionbeauty.blogspot.com

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  12. You have an amazing brush collection I'm jealous! But glad I found this post I never know how to clean my brushes properly! xxx

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