I thought I would do this post after watching a video of Naseem Delan where she explained what well known and very hyped up products she didn't fall for and why.
I've been watching her videos for a few weeks now and I'm happy to have discovered her channel as she is a very sweet and authentic person, which is quite rare on Youtube these days.
I liked this video because she expressed her honest opinion about a few things including the famous Sigma Spa™ Brush Cleaning Glove (here you can see MakeupSavvy found a much cheaper dupe of it =)).
I'd like to talk about that because at first I thought that it seemed like another completely useless and over-hyped product and it's also way too expensive, but there's actually one good side to it: it sparked my imagination!
When I saw this I figured that I could use a simple object to take my brush cleaning to another level. Any makeup user or makeup artist knows how time consuming and plain boring brush cleaning can be so anything that can make me save up some of my precious time is more than welcome.
Here's what I use to wash my brushes:
Daiso Japan Makeup brush cleaning Detergent
I trimmed some of the bristles for smaller brushes or thick brushes with shorter bristles!
It's actually a brush that I use to wash my hair, it really gets in there when you want to scrub your scalp or if you need to detangle your hair when it's dry (doing it wet is a big no no!!!). This is quite inexpensive. I saw it on Ebay for a few dollars (if you follow the link you can see a few suggestions).
I also use this to make them dry, they're dupes of the brush guards and I got them for pennies on ebay here and here.
It allows me to put them upside down in a container so that the water will drip right out and not damage the base of the bristles where the glue binds them together (example here), it also preserves the shape of the bristles.
What I do: I take all of the brushes and wet them a bit then I lay them flat (so that the water doesn't get into the
metal thingie ferule!)
Then I take them one by one and apply some of the soap on them and start swirling the bristles on the hair brush,
this will remove most of the residue as you can see here. Then I rinse,but for my bigger or thicker brushes I wash them again to make sure that it's really clean
and then I put them in these brush guard things that I got from Ebay and put them head down in a glass container and leave them until they're dry.
These few steps may seem complicated but they're actually quite easy and they will help you keep your brushes far longer and save you some time and water because the brushes are very clean very fast.
Sometimes we pay big bucks for our brushes so the least we can do is take care of them as much as we can.
Th detergent that I use on the brushes is quite drying, when I used to wash my brushes with my hands I noticed that so maybe you would like to try something less harsh or more eco-friendly, for that I suggest using some liquid castille soap (example here). You can also add some olive oil with the soap that you use to make the bristles stay nice and shiny.
The picture that I linked of a makeup brush and what is inside is from Evgeny Cosmetics' Facebook Page, I thought that it would be a good way to show the inside of makeup brushes and understand why you should be careful when washing them. He used some sort of twine to keep the bristles together then there's glue binding them on the tips but I've seen the inside of another random makeup brush and there wasn't any twine so you can imagine that if the bristles are only held by the glue, it's quite delicate.
Also if you are interested in beauty and fashion you can visit Naseem's Youtube Channel she has some amazing makeup looks and also some fitness tips there. There's also MakeupSavvy's blog where you can find a lot of makeup tips and tutorials and even blogging tips too! I will soon make a section with my favorite beauty Gurus on the blog.
I also wanted to add this link that gives some more information about makeup brushes: link.
I hope this post helped you in some kind of way. If you have any questions don't hesitate to leave them down below, I will be more than happy to answer them.