I am going to rattle some cages today and debunk a lot of makeup brush tutorials on Youtube… so today, I am going to teach you how to clean makeup brushes like a pro.
I have been developing makeup brushes for the last 10 years and with the introduction of my new Nudes, I wanted to show you the PROPER way to clean your makeup brushes so you will have them for a really long time.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES
Social media, while most have good intentions, all give you their take on how to clean makeup brushes. However, most techniques taught on social media today will actually destroy brushes.
If you haven't seen our video on BRUSH HOUR: HOW MAKEUP BRUSHES ARE MADE and you want to go down a rabbit hole, (and have an hour to spare) watch this very in-depth tutorial on how makeup brushes are made.
Once you watch, you will know why I teach you this easy and simple technique to cleaning your makeup brushes.
Here are some DO's & DONT's
- Clean your makeup brushes regularly. Don't let them get too dirty.
- Use a great makeup brush soap, specifically made for makeup brushes.
- Always double wash in a shampoo bath. This removes any soap residue left behind from brush soap.
- Many “brush soaps” contain alcohol, resulting in shedding. Try Tiger's Eye Brush Soap instead.
- If you're pro, it is best to use a clean brush on every client, not clean between clients.
- Cleaning your makeup brushes with brush spray between clients will cut the longevity of your brushes over time.
- If you are a consumer, clean your makeup brushes at least once a week.
- Clean your brushes after each use if you intend to change your color palette.
- Consumers: Rinsing your natural hair eye brushes in water is fine between shampoos.
- Never scrub your brush too hard. It destroys the shape.
- Never soak your brushes in anything. It eats away at the glue and causes massive shedding.
- Never use brush cleaning machines. It causes massive shedding and ruins the shape of the brush.
- Keep handles very dry. Polish ferrules with a dry towel.
- Leaving handles wet can cause paint to crack as well as detach from the ferrule.
- Dry Upright. Thanks to capillary action.
- If you properly towel dry your brushes, drying upright will dry faster
- Drying upright helps keep their shape much better than drying downwards or on their sides.
- If you don't plan to dry the brushes upright, then dry on their side.
- Pro artists may need to replace every 3-5 years due to wear and tear.
- Consumers should get 5-10 years use out of them with good care.
- Did natural hair lose its shape? Use boiling water to reshape.
- Dip NATURAL BRUSH for 2 seconds into boiling water until the shape of the hair is back to normal. Never dip for more than 2 seconds at a time.
- For synthetic brushes, dip hair into hot water, but not boiling. (If it's boiling it can melt the synthetic fibers).
- Never soak your brushes with vinegar, not even a little. It will eat away at your hairs and glue, quickly.
- Cleaning your makeup brushes with soap and water is enough to sanitize between clients.
- If you feel nervous, add a few drops of tea tree oil to your brush bath.
- Do a second cleanse if you feel super nervous about sanitation.
- It is normal for natural hair brushes to shed a little.
- What's not normal is massive shedding. (in clumps)
- If you have massive shedding, consider what you're cleaning with.
- Synthetic brushes won't shed. If they do, consider what you're using to clean with.
- If your ferrules detach, means you aren't drying the brush properly or not drying your handles well enough.
- When wood is wet, it expands and constricts and will start to pull away from the ferrule.
- Despite rumors, synthetic brushes are NOT antibacterial. You still must wash them.
- If you're a pro and working with someone with a lip infection, use disposable lip brushes.
I hope this post gives you some insight on why your brushes may have given you trouble over the years.
People are improperly caring for their brushes and as you see, they need to be loved delicately.
I hope you found this Easy Way To Clean Your Makeup Brushes tutorial useful and help answer some questions for you.
Happy face painting!