Brush 101: The Brush Cleaning Guide 1


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It’s that time of the week again. As much as I dread cleaning my brushes, it’s something I do at least once every week to two weeks. Not only does it keep my tools sanitary, it also prevents skin irritations and possible breakouts.

I like to generally deep clean my brushes once every two weeks. But that also depends on whether I had a makeup job or not.

The only way I get to consistently clean my brushes is that I made it a habit to clean after a makeup job. Once I got into the habit of doing that, everything’s smooth sailing.

There are several ways to clean brushes, it all boils down to personal preference. I used to deep clean my brushes using dish soap (Dawn) and a little bit of olive oil. This method is effective because the dish soap sanitizes and cleans the bristles while the olive oil helps break down pigment, thus helping take stains off the brush hairs.

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It’s been a long time since I used that method though. Ever since I discovered how great Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps cleans and disinfects brushes, I pretty much stopped using the dish soap and olive oil combo.

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Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap is available in two formulas: bar and liquid. I’ve tried both, but prefer the bar. I noticed that the liquid seems watered down and it doesn’t lather quite as good as the bar. Plus, it lasts longer when kept in a soap box. I wash my brushes in my kitchen sink and that’s where I conveniently keep my soap. It’s a constant reminder that I need to clean my brushes!

To clean brushes using this soap, dampen the brush in lukewarm water then simply pour some in a small container (if you’re using the liquid kind), or swirl your brush on the soap bar then scrub and swirl the bristles on your palm to create a good lather.

Rinse thoroughly, but make sure you don’t get any water into the ferrule! Your brushes are not supposed to be soaked so do not submerge your brushes in water. After rinsing, gently squeeze excess water off the bristles but do not tug.

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For sponges, I lather it up thoroughly and scrub it a little until the water comes out clean when I squeeze it.

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Another great beauty “gadget” I recently discovered is the Brush Egg. It’s a small, two-finger sized brush cleaning glove that has grooves and ridges. These ridges help rid of the stains and dirt build up. I first thought it was gimmicky since Sigma came out with their own a couple of years ago, only this one is a lot smaller. What got me to try this though is the price tag ($8).

I was wrong to underestimate it though. My brush scrubbing and swirling time was cut down. The Brush Egg really is effective and efficient! I wish I’ve gotten this a long time ago!

Though the Brush Egg is not a complete must, I find that it’s such a great tool to use because it cuts down so much cleaning time and it’s such a game changer.

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When it comes to drying brushes, I like to dry my brushes at an angle. This makes sure that no water could seep into the ferrules.

I lay a dish towel down and elevate one side of it. For this photo, I used small wooden planks I found in my husband’s tools (shh, don’t tell him!)

Shape your brushes before it laying it down flat. Dense face brushes usually take overnight to dry, or sometimes longer. So always make sure to clean those brushes first because they take the longest to dry.

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Brush cleaning is probably the most boring activity I do in regards to makeup. But hey, I wouldn’t want to use dirty makeup brushes on my clients or on myself. If you have any brush cleaning tips to share, feel free to leave a comment!

Next up on the series: Sigma Dry N Shape


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