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Cleaning Your Kit 101 - Deep Cleaning Your Brushes

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Deep cleaning your brushes will keep the quality lasting for a long time.
Once you see what's hiding in your brushes, you'll become a clean freak!
Here is how to do a Deep Cleaning!

What you'll need is the e.l.f. studio brush shampoo.

Step 1 - Wet the bristles of the brushes (try not to immerse the furell of the brush,
the metal piece holding the bristles together, because after many cleanings it will
loosen and fall off).

Step 2 - Pour a bit of the e.l.f. studio brush shampoo on the brisltes of the brush.

Step 3 - Massage the shampoo in to the brush bristles to create bubbles.You will see all
the makeup that was stuck in the brush come out. Warning, it's not as pretty as when you
were putting it on your face!

Step 4 - Rinse the shampoo or soap off the brush.

Step 5 - Squeeze out any excess water.

Step 6 - Shape the brush bristles and lay them flat to dry on your counter. I like to put a
towel under my brushes, and have the bristles hang off the counter so they dry faster.
Depending on what type of hair your brushes have, drying can take between 5-20 hours,
so do this when you don’t need to use your brushes until the next day. I recommend a
deep clean once a month for a makeup artist, or once every 2 months for personal brushes.

Happy Cleaning!


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CincyGirl wrote:
1) 1/2/2013 10:21:42 AM
I do this weekly. I could not imagine every 2 months. I also like to add some vinegar as well, as it works better to break down the foundation that is left on the stipple/foundation brush. I always find those are the hardest to clean. I will try leaving the bristles over the counter, that's a good idea!
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caruul wrote:
2) 1/3/2013 4:58:51 PM
A trick I learned from my sister: to really make sure no water goes into that metal piece of your brush (because water can still go in when the brush is laying flat on the table), get a piece of tape and tape your brushes to the wall so the bristles point down. That way, you KNOW there will be no excess water ruining your brushes.
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ArianaB wrote:
3) 1/3/2013 8:12:09 PM
I wash my stipple brushes every time I use them and as for the other brushes I wash them every other time I use them :]
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Star#1 wrote:
4) 1/3/2013 11:41:29 PM
is it a bad thing to not wash your brushes, i have never washed my since i got them, i did it once with a different brush then now, but after one wash it was never the same it even broke. did i do something wrong or wash it the brush?
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Sushmita wrote:
5) 1/4/2013 5:15:54 PM
I wash my eyeshadow, blush and kabuki brushes with the brush shampoo or sometimes even my hand soap if it has a built in moisturizer. But the brush shampoo is really great for deep cleaning. after two uses coz I tend to break out if I don't clean them out for a long time. I leave it on a towel to dry out for half a day and then use a blowdryer to get them extra dry and fluffy.
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katrobin1 wrote:
6) 1/4/2013 5:52:54 PM
Lawd! I've never cleaned my brushes!!! I even bought this brush shampoo many months ago, but never got around to doing it! I'm gross! Will do it this weekend, I promise!!
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krglvt wrote:
7) 1/4/2013 8:59:47 PM
I deep clean mine every 2 weeks, but they do get spot cleaned after every use. I can't imagine any longer than that! I rinse mine in running water in the sink. I can't believe it never occurred to me to let the bristles hang over the edge of the counter! :/
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winter33 wrote:
8) 1/6/2013 2:38:58 PM
I guess im over cleaning my brushes,because I clean the ones I use for that day every night! I have always done that and they still are holding up no shedding! ! I dont play around with dirty brushes lol.
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Trinicandy wrote:
9) 1/7/2013 7:06:06 AM
Hey, I saw a really cool idea on youtube, one user hangs her brushes completely upside-down to dry using a wire hanger. Basically you wrap a rubber band around the base of the brush, or the top of the handle, whichever is the correct term, and use either a pin or a large paperclip to attach it to the hanger. Nt sure if you're allowed to post links, but it's similar to this concept here: http://definelly-ideal.blogspot.com/2010/11/how-to-hang-your-makeup-brushes.html Haven't tried it yet, but it looks much more effective hanging the brushes off the edges of the counter ;)
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cherchezshasha wrote:
10) 5/17/2013 3:34:10 PM
I am going to have to order the shampoo now!! I've been using regular detergent and I know it's ruining my brushes. I like to wash them once a week. Since I just ordered the 12-piece set from e.l.f I promise to take better care of them and my face.
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Kitkat2002 wrote:
11) 6/17/2013 5:14:53 AM
I recently came across a product called Brush Protector, mesh covers in varying sizes. They can be used when travellling or after washing to help retain the shape and also they overhang the bristles so you can turn upside down to dry without squishing anything. Got 3 in a BB subscription box finally was able to find at Sephora. Best $10 spent as I have many $$E$ brushes. Just ordered a bunch here as I have heard they are good, prices are unbelievable, hopefully they are good!!!
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MichiganMakeupArtist wrote:
12) 6/21/2013 3:50:54 PM
I love the ELF shampoo!! I have found that if I use a touch of conditioner as well it makes the bristles as soft as they were before the washing. :)
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Makeup Master wrote:
13) 7/23/2013 3:06:39 PM
Using a dry makeup wipe put a SMALL dot of brush shampoo on it then rub your small brush (eye shadow ect.) in it then vigorously rub on he dry spot of the wipe. It is a quick clean and your brush is mostly color free. I tend to do this when I want a pure shade not one with leftover eye shadow or concealer mixed in.
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JustAnotherBeth wrote:
14) 8/9/2013 2:22:33 PM
Eww, deep cleaning once every two months? My face brushes get a rinse daily, deep clean weekly. Eye and lip brushes get deep cleaning after every use. Eye due to my paranoia about bacteria, lip as it just gets sticky otherwise. I have two eye and lip sets, just rotate them daily. Deep cleaning, meh. I've used shampoo for color treated hair for years, and my favorite blush brush is now 12 years old and perfect as day one. I use any non silicone conditioner weekly, with a heavier one monthly or so. Vinegar mixed in water helps cut detergent bubbles, so it's faster and easier to rinse, which helps limit the overall drenching of the brush, which lets water soak the ferrule. I just binder clip the ends, then hang them upside down from a magnet strip.
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KatieM89 wrote:
15) 1/6/2014 5:44:04 PM
Always dry brushes flat, or get the brush "nets" that go over the brush to be stored and dried facing down - the best way to do it!
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beautyguru101 wrote:
16) 1/27/2014 5:42:18 PM
I don't use brush shampoo, I use a mixture of dish soap,baby soap, and water. is this bad???
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judylev wrote:
17) 6/9/2014 6:48:17 AM
I love a clean eye shadow brush every time, so as soon as I'm done I wash it..this cleaning technique works for all brushes..I use a block of OLIVE OIL soap..simply wet the brush end only by dunking and swishing it into a bowl of tepid water the run the bristles over the block of soap until it come clean...rinse very well and squeeze dry with a towel. The olive oil soap cleans and conditions the brush hairs...I then place the brushes on a dry towel and have the edges hang over the edge of a table, you can also put a book under the towel under the handle end so no moisture will not get into the ferule.
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