Right, so I should begin my saying I didn't intend to do this post. There are so many videos/posts on this very topic sprawled across the world wide web and I just don't feel I have anything special to add. Having said that, I've had 3 requests for it and 3 is a huge number for a small blog such as mine so I thought I'd do a quick post.
I have no idea how often I clean my brushes because I don't use them regularly but once they've been used 5/6 times (this would be spanned out over quite some time) I probably give it a wash. In between I wipe it on a wet wipe. I owned the MAC spot cleanser but never used it so I sold it.
Step by step guide
2. Pop some Johnsons baby bath/baby shampoo in the palm of your hand. I use this as it's already in my bathroom but I know others use designated brush cleansers & an inexpensive one I've heard good things about is the ELF brush shampoo. Other people use oil based cleansers such as the lovely Hafsa who discussed cleaning her brushes easily with DHC cleansing oil over on her blog.
3. Swirl the brush around (I do the more dense brushes like the one below with quite a lot of force so it cleans all the way inside.
4. Squeeze the excess water out
5. Lay flat on the edge of the table - never dry them standing up as water may loosen the glue inside and that's not what we want.
Optional (as is everything, other than cleaning your brushes. That is never an option - YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE).
- I have brush guards so while wet I pop the brushes in the guards so it maintains its shape. I store them in the brush guards too.
- Some people find washing their brushes leaves stiff so they use some conditioner to keep them soft. I never have an issue with this so only use baby bath/shampoo.
- For the proper gunky brushes you can use olive oil to loosen the product before washing.
You probably knew most of this stuff anyway but for the few that actually found it useful, thanks for reading.
Till next time...Toodles! :)