Make up brushes can be an expensive investment so it is important to take care of them by cleaning them effectively.
You may think just rinsing them in baby shampoo is enough but using a proper brush cleanser is important as they contain many different ingredients that will not only condition the hairs of the brush but also anti bacterial ingredients that disinfect and remove bacteria build up from the brush.
If you suffer from skin break outs, have sensitive skin or have had skin infections then it is even more important to clean your brushes.
Using a regular shampoo does certainly get a lot of product out but it can also mean your brushes are soaking wet for days. Real brush cleanser often contains alcohol which allows the brushes to dry much quicker.
The best way to use brush cleansers are to pour a small amount onto a thick tissue such as kitchen roll and then buff the brush back and forth.Make sure you re shape the brush after doing this so that the brush keeps its correct shape.
Be sure to not to get the base of the brush hairs too wet as you may find it will cause the glue that holds the hairs will become loose resulting in shedding hairs.
Most cosmetic brands do their own brush cleansers.Here are a selection from different price points.
Formulated with natural ingredients and dermatology tested this cleanser comes in a handy125ml spray bottle so great for travel(£11.50).
Containing a high percentage of alcohol it removes bacteria with ease.
This brand also does a cosmetic sanitizer mist (£9.50) which removes bacteria and germs from powder products. Powder products often get a glazed seal over them which comes from oils in the skin being transferred from powder puffs or make up brushes. Spray this mist directly onto the powder and then rub over with a tissue.The oily seal is removed and the powder is disinfected.
They also have handy little sanitizer wipes which come in packs of 48 (£9.50) which you can use on pencils, lipsticks and glosses.
specifically designed to extend the life of you brushes.
MAC is used backstage at various events so it is vital that the brushes dry quickly and are ready to use almost straight away again.
A little goes a long way and there is no strong alcohol odour.
Beauty blender cleanser
This gentle cleanser(£15.00)is great to clean all your make up sponges with.
The 180ml plastic bottle has a special adapter that you sit the sponge on, press down and the liquid will then dispurse out onto the sponge.
Usually sponges are in expensive and can just as easily be replaced but if you feel you want to clean them in between buying your next one then this is ideal.
The soft lavender scent also makes them smell fresh and clean.
What are your best tips for keeping your most important tools in top condition?