One of my essential qualities is that I am lazy. Which explains why [perish the thought] I don’t clean my makeup brushes as often as I should.
When I do get round to it, this is how I get through it – it’s quick and it’s effective in a pinch.
What you need
- Bi-phase makeup remover
- Plastic tumbler
- Shampoo (I prefer a clarifying formula)
- Soap dish
- A face washer towel
- Your dirty brushes
- Shake the bi-phase makeup remover to mix and pour out about a tablespoonful into the tumbler (change this up depending on the number of brushes you need to clean).
- Starting with the least dirty, immerse your brushes, one at a time into the tumbler and agitate to loosen the makeup off the bristles
- Using your fingertips, very gently squeeze out the liquid
- Squeeze a small amount of shampoo onto one side of the soap dish and use this to work each brush head into a lather
- Repeat with a smaller amount of shampoo under a tap, rinsing with lukewarm water until the water runs clear (foundation brushes need more work that others)
- Shake off the brushes and use the face washer to dry their handles and ferrules. Dab the bristles gently on the towel to help remove as much moisture as possible
- Leave on the towel to dry. Gently pinch or pat any stray bristles back into place
I have makeup brush cleansers but I dislike using them for two reasons:
- They often have strong fragrances
- They are often expensive – so I save them for more ‘deep cleans’ which I do less frequently
I figured this way is good for using up my not-so-great purchases in makeup remover and shampoo.
If the makeup remover requires rubbing to remove makeup and are inexpensive, I save them for cleaning my brushes rather than piff them.
Do you have any tips to share?