So you want to know how to clean your make up brushes!? I get this question a lot. Please don't tell me you don't clean your brushes... GROSS! I'm a trained professional and part of my training was sanitation and disinfection which is not to be taken lightly! I certainly do not want to be responsible for spreading diseases and ruining my brand!
Do I need to buy the fancy cleaners sold in stores? No! Can I use alcohol? No.. Unless you want to replace your brushes more often. Alcohol also does not clean. Make up brushes are fragile and should be handled with care! My favorite cleaner is shampoo and water and you already have that in your house so no need to buy anything. Shampoo is gentle enough but strong enough to clean with. Baby shampoo works great and sometimes mix with a small drop of olive oil.
I swish my brushes around in a cup of warm water first than I add shampoo and gently massage into the bristles rinse and repeat until color stops coming out of your brush. Try to keep with the natural shape of the brush. Do not mash it. This can take several times especially with larger brushes to get all of the color out. Once finished blot the brushes with a paper towel and shape the bristles how they are supposed to be. I prefer a paper towel over a regular towel to avoid any lint getting into my brushes. The last thing you need is to work with a dis formed brush. Lay your brushes flat to dry. Do not stand them up in a cup! Why you ask?! When your brushes are standing up the moisture tends to run to the base and gets trapped which can cause mold!
If your a professional and you do not have the time to be doing the whole cleaning process than I have two recommendations:
Have extra brushes so you do not use the same brush on different people. Put your used brushes aside as you work so you do not reuse any of them.
Buy the spray brush cleaner and spray in between clients.
Once you are home always thoroughly clean your brushes! Using dirty brushes spreads germs and diseases. Most commonly pink eye, don't do it!
Don't forget to clean your personal brushes that you use on yourself. They can harbor all kinds of germs. I often get clients that complain they are breaking out or that "makeup makes them break out" the first question I ask is how often do you clean your make up brushes and most of the time I get an embarrassed look of I need to clean them?! Yes Yes and Yes!!