Washing makeup brushes is just as important as washing your face. Makeup and dirt build up in makeup brushes, causing breakouts and clogged pores on the face. Face brushes should be washed much more frequently, I disinfect them with rubbing alcohol as soon as I am done using them, and deep clean them after about seven uses. Eye brushes on the other hand, I deep clean every few weeks, but still disinfect them after each use.
Makeup brushes should be an investment, and should last a long time. Taking proper care of your makeup brushes will make them last a long time, so you do not end up wasting tons of money on new makeup brushes all the time.
My all time favorite makeup brush brand is Real Techniques, they are amazing quality and are a great price!
The first step in washing your brushes is to get all the materials, these are all products you probably already have at home. Baby wash, dish soap, and extra virgin olive oil are the only things you need to wash your tools.
If you do not have a Beauty Blender, or Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, you do not need the baby wash. To wash these sponges, simply run them under the water, gently squeezing the sponge to fill it with water, then use about 1-4 pumps of baby wash onto the sponge. Keep squeezing the soap into the sponge. I usually start with one pump of soap, rinse, and then repeat until the sponge is clean. You will need to add more soap if you have a lot of makeup left over on the sponge. Once your sponge is clean, ring it out, and make sure the water runs clean through it. Then, gently wrap it in a towel, and squeeze any excess water out. To dry them, I put them over a container, so they are not laying flat, but resting over a surface. The sponge will shrink back up when it is completely dry. This may take a few days, especially if you live in a humid climate.
For eye and face brushes, start by wetting them down in the sink, keeping the water only on the hair, and not past the ferrule of the brush. If water get past the ferrule, it will loosen the glue and ruin your brush, be careful! By wetting the hairs of the brush down with help the soap lather easier.
For the dish soap and olive oil mixture, I put it in small dish, you do not need much soap. For smaller brushes, use less soap, and denser and larger face brushes require more soap. I use 1 part EVOO and 2 parts dish soap.
Once your brush has a nice lather, rinse it off. You may have to repeat the lathering step for larger brushes, or brushes that were applying a darker color.
Simply rince the brush, remembering to keep the water only on the brush hairs.
After rinsing, I gently dry the brush on a clean towel. If it is a denser brush, I usually use a brush guard, and dry it pointing down in a cup. This will allow it to dry faster, and let allow all the water to escape.
For less dense brushes, I still dry them gently on a clean towel, and then place them on counter, with the hair over the edge. This will also keep most of the water from getting into the ferrule of the brush.