This is how I clean my makeup brushes, this goes for both my professional brushes and also my personal brushes.
- Dampen the hairs in warm water.
- Apply a small amount of shampoo(yes the kind you use in your hair, use what you like, I love the old school Clairol Herbal Essence that smells of roses, cause it reminds me of being a teenager and how much I loved the smell. It also is quite affordable and will last ages) into the palm of your hand and swirl the hairs of the brush into you palm. Really work the shampoo into the hair, but be careful to not get too much of it into the furrule.
- Once it has been worked in(some brushes are faster than others to do, eyeshadow is a lot quicker than a powder or blush brush), rinse you brush under warm running water, taking care again to not get the furrule too wet.
- When the water runs clear and there is not shampoo reside left in the hairs, squeeze any excess water out of the hair, and put aside and move onto the next brush to be cleaned.
- For brushes that are made out of natural hair I always condition them too, making them super soft and gentle on the skin, it also helps brushes that are quick cleaned with a isopropyl alcohol based cleaner from drying out and becoming brittle. For brushes made of synthetic hair I will only shampoo them. I don't recommend conditioning them as they wont benefit from it, the nature of synthetic hairs mean all they need is a good clean to be back to their best.
- You only need a very small amount of conditioner per brush(again I use the Clairol Herbal Essence one to match the shampoo), apply into the palm of your hand and swirl the hairs of the brush and really work the conditioner into the hair. Once that is done rinse off in warm running water.
- Squeeze all excess water out of the hairs, then brush the hairs back and forth along a hand towel, this helps remove more water, then leave the brushes lying flat with the hair and most the the furrule hanging off the edge of a table or shelf, this will allow the air to circulate around the hairs to speed up the drying. Never dry bushes vertically with the hairs at the top, this causes any water to drip down into the furrule and it will then start to degrade the glue.
- Once the brushes are dry swipe them back and forth on a hand towel to refluff up the hair and your done! Beautifully clean brushes.
Another way to quickly clean makeup brushes and this can be done after every use, and is good when you need to use the same brush but for different colours, is to use an Isopropyl alcohol based makeup brush cleanser.
There are many different brands out in the market and all the professional makeup brands sell their own. This product is great for hygienically cleaning your brushes quickly as the isopropyl alcohol is antibacterial and dries quickly.
All you need to do is spray a few squirts onto your brush and swipe back and forth along a tissue until it's clean and no more product reside can be seen, you may need to spray a few more times and use a couple of tissues to clean a brush fully off all product, but this depends on the size of the brush and the product used.
Now you are welcome to buy what ever brush cleanser product that you like I have no recommendations, buy what you can afford, they all contain the same base ingredients; Isopropyl Alcohol, water, and a fragrance of some kind, some even contain conditioning ingredients.
You can how ever make your own.
All you will need is a suitable bottle that allows you to spritz the product out, Some Isopropyl alcohol(available at chemists and some beauty therapy wholesalers that supply to the public, Beauty Gallery for example), water(I always will use a filtered/bottled water of some kind) and essential oil(in a fragrance you like).
To make your own brush cleanser use the ratio of 70:30 Isopropyl alcohol to water, and a few drops of essential oil.
For example when I make up my brush cleanser I use a 100ml bottle, add in 70ml Isopropyl alcohol, 30ml filtered water and 15-20 drops of Sweet Orange essential oil. Give it a little shake and it's ready to go.
So there you go a few tips from me for looking after and cleaning your brushes.