How I Wash My Brushes

For me, a huge part of learning more about makeup was getting up to speed on brushes. I initially posted about my brush collection in October 2013 – slowly amassed, via GWP’s and research on the best brands to use that won’t break the bank (Real Techniques and Sonia Kashuk FTW here).

And part of *having* all these brushes is taking care of them. I’ve read a lot about brush care – some people wash them after every use, some go much longer. For me, the best way to go is a weekly washing. I do this on Sunday afternoons – a day when I typically don’t wear makeup – and that way, my brushes are clean, dry, and ready to be used for the week when I wake up on Monday morning.

You can use any kind of mild soap that you want. Again, after a lot of research (nerd alert), I decided to use Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap. I’m about 75% through this bottle – a 16 oz. bottle of the Rose scent – and I’ve had it well over a year. It was purchased from Walgreens, along with my first set of Real Techniques brushes. The Rose scent is great, but I’d like to try something else next – maybe Peppermint or Citrus? Variety is the spice of life, etc, etc.

First thing I do is put a little bit of soap in a large cup, put my brushes in, fill it up with water, and let them soak for a few hours.

soaking 1In my mind, this is akin to letting dirty silverware soak in soapy water before putting them in the dishwasher. I have no idea if this step really makes a difference, but it just makes sense to me. Therefore, I do it.

Another view:
soaking 2After the brushes soak – in this instance, I let them soak for about four hours – I head to the kitchen.

With room temp water running, I put a little bit of the liquid soap in the palm of my hand, take a brush, and swirl it in my palm. This creates bubbles and gets the majority of the makeup out of the bristles. Once that step is done, I run the brush under the water until it runs clean. Sometimes it takes a few rounds of soaping in my palm to really get them clean – especially the face brushes that I use regularly.

Once the brushes are all cleaned up, I lay them flat on a towel to dry.
They are typically dry by Sunday night, and I put them back in my vanity area in order to use them first thing Monday morning.

That’s pretty much it – fairly simple, but important to do on a regular basis. How do you wash your brushes? Tell me about it!


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