I hope you're all well and had a good day! I've been sick off work today but I'm feeling a bit better now so I thought I'd bring you this 'How I Clean My Makeup Brushes' post.
Cleaning your brushes is really important to stop bacteria buidling up in them. Also, it helps to maintian them in good condition. Make up applies best using clean brushes!
For any brushes with natural bristles, I use Johnsons baby shampoo. I wash the brush, always pointing it downwards so no water goes down the funnel (the silver bit of the brush). I rinse it under a warm (but not hot) water under a tap and lay the brush flat to dry. Always squeeze out any excess water before laying your brush down to dry!
Never dry your brushes in a cup pointing upwards as the water will seep into the funnel and damage your brush! Here's an example of what I mean:A good trick for cleaning foundation brushes (or any type of synthetic brushes that you use to apply cream eyeshadow, foundation, concealer etc with) is to use olive oil. Just use a bit of olive oil on your brush (I use a plastic container to sweep the brush around in the oil as you can see below). The olive oil dissolves the liquid or cream products, and conditions the bristles at the same time. Then wash the olive oil out of the brush with baby shampoo and there you go, your brush is as good as new!
I also use brush cleanser (I use the MAC one, if anyone knows of any others that are good please let me know!), mainly for cleaning eyeshadow brushes as they are smaller. I apply a little bit of the brush cleanser onto a towel and sweep the brush back and forth on the towel till all the product is off the brush. You can also pour some of the brush cleanser onto the palm of your hand, swirl your brush around in it and then rinse it under the tap.
A good way of making sure your brushes keep their shape is to wrap them in tissue paper and lay them flat to dry. When you remove the tissue paper the brush will not have any 'stray' hairs and it will be nicely shaped.
Well that's how I clean my brushes, I hope you've enjoyed this post, and let me know if you have any other tips for cleaning brushes!