I got my brush set only after i started professional make up and my instructor expects everyone in class to have clean brushes every time she sees us.
So how do i clean my brushes?
I was asked many many times by friends, colleagues and clients, where do i get my brushes, what are they made of and why are they so soft. This question may not seem relevant to how i clean my brushes. However, the secret hide nice soft brushes is not solely on the brand and material. It's also the way we treat the brushes.
A little about my brushes, i would say that my brush collection is a decent one, no fancy brushes just enough for me to work with. Most of them are from Makeup Forever's S line and the bristles of the brushes are made of goat's or sable's hair. 2 of them from Make up forever's N line and they are with nylon bristles. A few other brushes from Sigma makeup which have synthetic bristles.
Many maybe wondering, where are the MACs!! but sorry i'm not really a MAC person, although i do go crazy at their sales but IMO they are alittle to over priced and even worse they "kinda" make you "addicted" to a super pretty shade of watever and then they discontinues it *irritated*.
Anyway, as many review goes, MUFE's brushes isn't the softest brushes around. So how comes soft brushes? Simple, care of your brushes like you care for your hair minus the chemical treatments, dye and wat not.
There is seriously no secret formula used in the cleansing of my brushes. In fact no special solution for brush cleansing is used, all i have is cheap shampoo and conditioner.
Natural bristles are animal hair and like the human hair, animal hair can become very dry then split ends happens and your brush becomes very prickly.
And if you are going to use that prickly brush on your face, beautifying yourself will be a real pain.
So, Let's start.
Just like how we wash our hair, i:
Step 1: Wet bristles under running water, making sure that all the bristles are wet.
Step 2: pour a little amount of shampoo on my palm and whirl the bristles on the shampoo till the shampoo turns foamy. By now i'll be able to see the left over make up on my brushes come off turning the foamy colorful. i usually "shampoo" my blush and powder brushes individually as they are bigger and i dun wan they to get the colors from my eye brushes. Smaller eye brushes are held together while whirling them through my shampoo.
Step 3: wash out the shampoo on all brushes and lay all nylon/ synthetic brushes to dry on a piece of cloth as conditioning maybe not be of any good use.
Step 4: Apply conditioner on the bristles but try to avoid the silvery metal that hold them together. i'm not sure if the conditioner will loosen the grip or even stain the metal as till date none of these has happened but prevent is better than cure. leave the conditioner on for 15 mins.
Step 5: wash conditioner off and lay them flat on a piece of cloth to dry.
Step 6 *opinion: once in awhile, i treat my natural hair brushes to a hair mask.
Now we are done with the brushes, what about our beauty puffs and sponge???
Simple, the secret to clean and brand new looking sponge and puff, BAR SOAP!! yes, no need to spend on expensive sponge cleanses. Just bar soap, the cheaper the better!
Simply, wet the sponge or powder puff and rub the soap against them.
Next, gentle rub them with your hands till you no longer see any make up on the puff and sponge.
Then, leave to dry. And, you can now re use your beauty puff and sponge.
Cleansing of make up tools frequently is as important as having to wash your face as dirt and reminding makeup may irritate your face causing acnes, redness and other skin problems. Plus there is no necessary to purchase expensive cleansing solutions so why not save that money for something else better.
So, till my next post. Stay cheerful always.