Good quality makeup brushes aren't cheap!! Taking proper care by cleaning your brushes will allow you to enjoy them for many years to come! Makeup, skin oils, bacteria, dust, and dirt get trapped in brushes which breaks down the bristles over time; cleaning them helps to preserve them longer.
For personal use, cleaning brushes 1-2 times a week is ideal, whereas for professional makeup artists, cleaning in between each client is a must. For quick cleaning between clients, JW Makeup Artists prefer MAC brush cleaner that can be poured onto a paper towel and brush heads/ fibers are to be rubbed back and forth over the paper towel until there is no more product/ makeup residue coming off. A makeup brush cleaning solution is ideal between clients or when sharing brushes because it dries quickly, cleans well while eliminating bacteria, and does not dry out the natural haired brush fibers as rubbing alcohol does.
Washing your brushes:
1) Hold the palm of your hand under running water and swirl the bristles of each brush in your palm to wet the hairs, then pump a tiny bead of baby shampoo, mild shampoo, or brush shampoo into your palm and swirl the brush around upside down away from the running water as all of the makeup comes faoming out of the bristles. Then place your palm under running cold water and swirl the brush head around on your palm until the water runs clear and the hairs feel squeaky clean.
2) Take a cotton towel or paper towel and gently squeeze the excess water from the bristles while holding the brush upside down. Re-mold the brush hairs with your hands until they are back in their original shape.
3) When drying, lay brushes flat on a clean, dry surface and if possible, tilt the brushes downward. There are neat inexpensive hangers available at IKEA with clips and many arms that are also very useful to make sure the brushes dry properly.
You NEVER want to dry your brushes with the hair upright because the water will go down into the ferrule (the metal part) and settle and loosen the glue which holds the bristles together at the base. If water gets into the ferrule, over time, the hairs shed and the brushes will become unusable.
Let the brushes dry completely for hours or even overnight, depending on the size and density of the bristles. If you have dogs or cats, dry your brushes in a room away from animals because they are attracted to the scent of drying natural animal hair of the brushes and tend to chew on them if they can get a hold of the brushes. Good care of your makeup brushes will keep them looking like new much longer, so protect your investment!