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Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes: Part 2

Posted by sunaura-katie 05/09/2017 0 Comment(s)



How often would you all clean your brushes if they are only used on yourself? In an ideal world we’d all clean our brushes every day, but realistically once a week would be fantastic and even once a month is absolutely fine. If left longer than that, the product will start to weigh down and weaken the brush hair. Bacteria will also build up and may cause unwanted break-outs and infections.


For pro use, brushes need to be cleaned/disinfected after every client, using fast-drying cleaners such as Maq Pro Brush Cleaner, IPA 99%, or ProClean. In part 1 of this series, we took you through the pros and cons of all of the brush cleaners we currently recommend.


However, even if using a proprietary brush cleaner, we still highly recommend that brushes are given a thorough clean with a traditional bar of soap at the end of a day and allowed to dry thoroughly. This prevents product build-up and really deep-cleanses the brushes, prolonging their life if done correctly.


So how exactly do we clean our brushes with hard soap or shampoo-type brush cleaner (such as Hive Brush Cleaner)? Here are our top tips:




Always try to avoid getting cleaner or water on the part of the brush where the bristles meet the handles (i.e. the metal part – called a ferrule). This dilutes and weakens the glue.


  • Never scrub brushes too hard as this can break or loosen the hairs

  • Don’t rub brushes too hard on tissue – you’ll end up with bits of tissue in the bristles

  • Let the brushes air-dry thoroughly but never upside down as the water will run into the ferrule (see above)

  • Treat brushes very gently when wet and they’ll repay the love for many years to come



So here is our step-by-step process!


  1. Carefully wet brush hair and squeeze on some Hive Brush Cleaner or swirl the wet hair in a bar of hard soap.

  2. Scrub the brush carefully using the Brush Egg until dirt and product are dislodged

  3. Rinse under running water with brush pointing downwards (being careful to only wet the hair, and not let water run into the ferrule

  4. Repeat as needed until brush is clean (one or two rounds should usually be plenty)

  5. Dry thoroughly (see below)




After all the hard work is done it’s time to leave the brushes to dry. The first thing you’ll need is a clean towel. Gently squeeze out any excess cleaner or water. Find a flat surface with an edge and lay the towel out along the surface. Lay the brushes flat on the towel so the head of brush (bristle end) is hanging over the edge. This will mean the air can circulate around the brushes and they will dry evenly and maintain their shape.


A lot of people tend to leave brushes upright to dry e.g in a glass or cup – but this is not a good idea. The water or cleaner that remains on the brush will drip down to the end of the bristle where the glue is and weaken the strength of the glue. This will cause the bristles to become loose and fall out. 


The final step to having clean brushes is to have patience. We recommend leaving brushes to dry overnight so you’re not tempted to use them before they are fully dry, unless of course your using a quick drying cleanser (in which case, check out part 1 of this blog for our recommendations!)


What do you think of our method? Let us know in the comments!


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