Sunday, December 5, 2010

Cleaning your brushes

I asked my readers what they would like to see in my blog and many asked for information about brushes, how I use them, etc. Prepare to see lots of brush entries here for a while! In order to get my brushes prepared for photo taking, I had to wash them so I thought a good way to start my blog series would be to talk about how I clean my brushes.

I don't have a set time frame for how often I clean my brushes.  Normally, what I do is I use each eye brush once and set it aside.  Once my eye brush supply gets low, I take all my brushes and go clean them.  Usually this includes my face brushes as well, though not all of them.  I clean blush brushes less often, for example.

How do I clean them?


 I use Burt's Bees Baby Shampoo & Wash.  I lay all my brushes out on the bathroom counter.  Then I squeeze the amount of shampoo I would use on my own head or a little bit less into the bottom of a plastic drinking cup.  I add some warm water to this, just enough to get the head of a face brush covered by the water.  I take each eye brush and swish it around in the soapy water and set it aside.  Once I get through all the eye brushes, the water gets dumped and I rinse each eye brush.  I then do the same for face brushes with a fresh cup of shampoo and warm water.  I find that the synthetic concealer brushes clean better when I put the shampoo right on the palm of my hand and swish them around, then I rinse the brush and my hand.  I rinse all the face brushes. I should note that when I rinse brushes, I try to reshape them as best as I can. Then I put all the brushes I cleaned into the plastic cup that I used so they are standing up, bristles to the sky.  Any double ended brushes are left out laying down.  I take the 3 main face brushes that I use frequently and apply Aveda Rosemary Mint Conditioner to them.  I let them sit for a minute or two and then rinse.  This helps keep them soft since these get buffed on my skin on a daily basis, they need it more than other brushes.  I take the brushes back to my storage area.  I lay the double ended brushes down on the placemat I keep under my daily use BE.  Then I stand the rest of the brushes up in their holder.  I put the plastic cup to the side to re-use. 


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