Friday, November 1, 2013

Brush Cleaning 101

New and Improved Routine!
Howdy! Last year I did a blog about my old brush cleaning routine. I used that method for quite some time, but as I started investing in higher quality brushes I discovered I needed a different way. After lots of researching I found what I believe is the most effective way to clean and condition brushes in the least amount of time! The other great thing is that you don't need to go buy a fancy brush shampoo, you probably have all the supplies right in your kitchen! 

Here's what you need:
A plate of some sort
Olive Oil
Dish Soap
Dirty Brushes
Warm Water
Green Tea optional :)

Step 1: Squirt dish soap on half of the plate
 Step 2. Pour Olive Oil on the other half

If you have 15+ brushes to clean, it's going to look something like this. Use less if you have only a few brushes to clean off!

Step 3. Gather the brushes that you want to wash!
Step 4: Take a brush and dip it into both sides of the plate so that it is coated with soap and oil.
Step 5: Swirl around your soap and oil covered brush on the palm of your hand. This is a painters method that is used to get hard to clean oil paints out of brushes. Continue swirling until color begins leaving the brush, then rinse with warm water. 

Steps 3,4 & 5 are pictures below!

 Step 6: Once rinsed thoroughly, pat dry with a clean towel and examine for any left over color. My brush has a white tint to the bristles rather than the pinky purple one it started out with. Now I can move to the next step! If you still spot color, give it another swirl in the mixture, don't be afraid to be generous!
Step 7: Find a fitted brush cover and slide it from the bottom of the brush, to the top of the brush. These covers help keep the bristles from collecting dust or other dirty particles, they also are used to keep excess water from weakening the glue  inside of your brush. You never want to let your brushes dry flat on the counter, water can still be trapped inside. Instead you want to dry the brush upside down!
Step 8: Find a nice dry cup and place your brushes upside down in the cup, allowing water to leak out instead of expanding the glue and wood inside your brush!  

Steps 6,7,& 8 are pictured below!
TADA! That's it! Your brushes are now germ free, product free and conditioned thanks to the soap and oil! Give them a few hours to dry and remember to do this frequently!! It is very important to wash out stippling brushes or anything that you use for foundation or eyeliner, as those products tend to be liquid and can horde more bacteria. How do you clean your brushes?! Let me know what you think of this method if you give it a shot!! Cheers <3

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