Buying make up brushes can be expensive. For a long time I’ve had a few “higher end” brushes, but I bought them in my younger days when parting with money was a lot easier. Now that I’m more frugal most of the brushes in my collection are Sigma Beauty Brushes. They were a great option for me when I was just starting to wear make up more often. I wanted a complete collection of soft and durable brushes for a lot less than what the more known makeup companies were selling them for. After having them for almost 2 years now, I’m noticing that the larger brushes are starting to show their age — shedding hairs and wobbly ferrule (the metal part). However, the more pricey makeup brushes that I invested in years ago are still holding up. Which means, I’ll be replacing my failing Sigma Brushes with more the durable brands as they fall apart. I figure this is way more cost effective than buying a whole set at once. 😉
Cleaning Makeup Brushes
But regardless of the price/quality differences, I haven’t been very good to my brushes. I do spot clean them, but I can literally count on one hand the number of times that I’ve given my brush collection a good deep cleaning over the last year (shameful, I know.). …But Wednesday was the Night. There was some much needed quality time spent with me, my brushes, and one of my fave TV shows, Criminal Minds.
|Laying Flat to Dry|
I’ve got some inexpensive store bought brush cleaners (Sonia Kashuk and Ulta) that I use to spot clean when I’m using a different product/color with the brush, but I’ve recently run into a Homemade Recipe that I make on the cheap. I add the following to a spray bottle and shake it up for easy use:
- 1 part Baby Shampoo
- 1 part Leave-in Conditioner
- 4 parts Rubbing Alcohol
- 16 parts water Water
|Spot Cleaning Ingredients|
When I deep clean my brushes, I just use a moisturizing shampoo (or baby shampoo) and warm running water: (1) in the palm of my hand I swirl the brushes in the shampoo, rinse and repeat until the water runs clean. (2) Then I reshape the hairs with my fingers and lay them down flat to dry on a paper towel.
Tip: Don’t let the brushes dry standing up or get water on the handle (above the ferrule). It loosens the hairs and increases shedding.
|Before Criminal Minds|
How often do you clean your make up brushes?
And what’s your method?