Did you know there are actually three ways to clean your makeup brushes? That means one of them has to be suited to your busy lifestyle.
Brush cleaning is such a pain in the proverbial ass. Nobody wants to do it. Actually, I know some people who love cleaning their brushes - but they're clean freaks. Or they're addicted to the satisfaction of finishing tasks and seeing the beautifully clean finished product. Of course, it is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world - seeing your brushes all sparkly and fluffy. It's the really annoying, long process of getting them there that's the problem.
So how often do you clean your brushes? Once a week? Once a month? Every six months? You should be cleaning them once a week to keep them hygienic. I don't know many people, other than makeup artists who clean their brushes after every use. If you knew how much bacteria builds up in your makeup brushes you would be scared into cleaning them regularly. The good news is that there are various ways to clean your brushes so you can choose which is the best suited to you.
This is the quickest, easiest and least time-consuming option. Most brush cleansers will have a disinfectant in them. That means it's the best product to use to make sure your brushes are bacteria free. This is a great way to clean your brushes quickly because there is usually almost no drying time. You should use brush cleanser after each use. It only takes about 30 seconds per brush. You just need a piece of tissue with some cleanser on it. Swirl your brush in it until it comes out with clean bristles. If you can't commit to doing it after every use, even once a week will keep your brushes pretty clean. The only downside is that they aren't quite as soft and fluffy as they will be after a proper wash.
This is the old fashioned way of washing your brushes with baby shampoo or fairy liquid. This is the best way to get all the makeup residue out of your brushes and leave them super soft and fluffy. The downsides are that the brushes aren't disinfected and they will be wet. You will need to allow for dry time - usually overnight. After washing and drying you should then give them a quick swipe with an antibacterial cleanser.
Solid brush cleanser
This is the same idea as using shampoo but kinder to the environment and really handy to use. There are a few natural soap brush cleaners on the market that leave your brushes really clean. There's no squirting or dispensing, you just swirl your wet brush in the solid cleanser and rinse. They tend to leave your brushes really clean and soft but have the same downsides as shampoo.
How do you clean your makeup brushes?