Owning a good set of brushes is key to perfecting a flawless look. However, in order to get the most out of your brushes, special care should be given to your investment; Yes, investment. Brushes are one of, if not the most important necessity of every makeup bag, and where the bulk of your dollars should be spent– hence the investment. Keeping your brushes fresh and clean not only gives them a longer life span
The Cleansing process:
After each use, squeeze a half-dollar size of brush cleaner (MAC brush cleaner) on to a clean paper towel and whisk brush in a back-and-forth motion over the cleaner. Do this for each brush used. Giving your brushes a daily cleansing helps to cut down on the buildup of product absorbed from everyday use, which can cause bacteria to set in and find its way to the delicate skin.
For a more thorough cleaning, which typically should be done at least once every four weeks,
use a mild non-abrasive soap product such as Johnsons baby shampoo (Baby shampoo is ideal because it’s not only mild, it leaves the brushes soft and fluffy) and lukewarm water….pour a dime size amount of shampoo into a cup, then fill the water just up to where the bristles on the brushes end and let sit for about 5 minutes, then pour out the dirty water and gently squeeze the remaining water out of the brushes one at a time.
This step can be repeated several times, particularly with those brushes that tend to collect more product, such as the foundation brush or any brush used for heavy apply heavy pigments, e.g concealers and paints… this last step requires squeezing some shampoo into the palm of your hand and swishing the brushes around in the hand and squeezing out excess water. Do this until water starts to run clear. Once brushes are clean,either stand upright in some receptacle, or lay flat on a clean paper towel with the bristle end hanging over the edge of a flat surface.