Brush Care 101
I was probably 20 before I realized I had to wash my makeup brushes. I had never really worn high quality makeup at that point, and I had never had good brushes. When I turned 21 and was doing my cosmetology apprenticeship, I was introduced to some amazing brands of makeup brushes- brushes that I still have and love to this day! Taking care of them is why I'm able to use the same set of makeup brushes for 7-10 years without having to replace them. Disclaimer- I can only speak to the types of brushes I'm using. I know that with things like this, you get what you pay for.
I had always used soap and water to clean my brushes until I started using SeneGence. I tried the brush cleaner on a whim, and I'll never go back! It's safe to use on natural or synthetic brushes- which is something to pay attention to. Natural brushes are porous and will absorb makeup, oil from your face and hands, and cleanser. So if you use a harsh dish soap that leaves residue- best believe you'll be getting some of that on your face.
I like to put the brush cleaner into a spray bottle, for multiple reasons! When I'm doing a makeup demo, I wash my brushes immediately after, and I'm able to spray them down and put them into a container as I go. I also like it in the spray bottle so that I can spray more than one brush at a time, while using less product. My secret is- I mix the brush cleaner with a little water! I use about a 2:1 ratio of water to cleaner.
I start out by spraying down the bristles of each brush, making sure to coat them all and give it some time to soak in. If I go past 2-3 weeks without washing them, it usually takes a little longer to fully break down all the makeup residue on the brushes. My favorite thing about this brush cleaner is that I don't have to put a lot of work in to getting the product out. Usually with dish soap or hand soap it takes a lot longer to dissolve the makeup completely. This cleaner is specially formulated to break down the makeup and leave the brushes looking like new!
After allowing the brushes to soak a little, I lay them out and run them under water one by one while I gently rub out the makeup and cleanser. You do not have to sit and scrub your brushes for a half hour with this remover! It's amazing. The makeup just slides right out of the brushes (even the foundation brush! The picture above is a foundation stippling brush) without damaging the bristles. I use that cute little cactus scrub pad to make sure I get all of it rinsed out.
I run the brushes under cool water until the water is completely clear and I can't see any more suds or product, usually about 20-30 seconds per brush! I try to keep the water cool so that I don't put any extra stress or damage on the bristles, especially the natural hair brushes that I own. It's that simple! If you're not a daily makeup wearer you could probably get away with washing your brushes once a month, but I usually try to do it Sunday morning so they have a full day to dry on a towel (like the pic below!)
If you want info on my favorite brushes, you can read all about them here, with links to the individual brushes, plus a discount code!!