Cleaning brushes

How do you clean your makeup brushes? I have never used brushes before but since I started using mineral makeup, I am now and I don't know how to clean it and I know you are supposed to. Help please.
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I bought some brush cleaning stuff (but I think you can even use shampoo). You dont use much. I fill my sink - add the cleaner and swirl the brushes around in it - I think rinse them until the water runs clear and then I stand them up (if they can) to dry.

For some reason it is very satisfying washing them because you see the stuff come out in the water. But maybe thats just me.
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I use baby shampoo usually. I don't fill the sink with it, because it gets dirty so fast (I have a LOT of makeup brushes), so I just use a tiny dot of the shampoo in the palm of my hand for each brush, and swish the brush around in my palm (with water) until it's clean. Some brushes, especially my kabukis and brushes I use for dark shadows, will need more than one sudsing. Rinse well and shake them out gently, blot with paper towels and leave them to dry on the edge of the sink with the brush part hanging over the edge.
make sure you dry them laying on their sides and not standing up because the water can damage the handle (wood). for frequent cleaning i spray/mist makeup cleaner on the brush bristles (i use one by japonesque) and i wipe with a tissue, gets most of the color/oil out of the brushes. for a more thorough cleaning i use baby shampoo and warm (not hot) water....i swirl the brushes in the soapy water twice then rinse and pat them dry with a paper towel then dry them flat the side of the sink. by morning they are ready to be used. i too have a lot of brushes and they've really lasted through the years!
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and they've really lasted through the years!

Yes, if you buy good brushes and take care of them, they will last for many years. I have a blush brush that is about 25 years old...I still use it every day.
OOOOOhhh - I didnt know about the standing up thing! I will stop doing that ASAP!!! I think I only had one that I stood up the rest couldnt - which I now know is a good thing!
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I take mine in the shower with me and use either a baby shampoo or a mild cleansing shampoo. Then I let them dry on their sides overnight.

I've been alternating weekly between my two kabuki brushes, using one for a week, cleaning it, using the other one for a week, cleaning it, etc. But I'm not sure how often it is benificial to do this...
How often are you supposed to clean your brushes?
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How often are you supposed to clean your brushes?

That's a question that has been debated quite fiercely on makeup boards. I wash mine about one a month, sometimes 2 months. Some people say once a week. Some maniacs wash their brushes daily.
How often are you supposed to clean your brushes?

That's a question that has been debated quite fiercely on makeup boards. I wash mine about one a month, sometimes 2 months. Some people say once a week. Some maniacs wash their brushes daily.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I'm gunna' assume that it just depends on the oil levels of your skin, I'm sure the less frequently you wash them the better it is for your /brushes/, but the "maniacs" probably have the right idea if they've got oily skin.
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How often are you supposed to clean your brushes?

That's a question that has been debated quite fiercely on makeup boards. I wash mine about one a month, sometimes 2 months. Some people say once a week. Some maniacs wash their brushes daily.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
I'm gunna' assume that it just depends on the oil levels of your skin, I'm sure the less frequently you wash them the better it is for your /brushes/, but the "maniacs" probably have the right idea if they've got oily skin.
Originally Posted by i_am_awkward

I have oily skin, but I still only wash my brushes every month or two. I only put makeup on clean skin, and I'm fairly un-oily right after washing.
for a soapy cleaning i do that like once every 3-4 weeks. for my eyes i do a little clean whenever i feel i need to, mostly to take the color off the brushes. the brushes do feel like new after a cleaning. i think it's really person preference.
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Sounds like baby shampoo is the best way to go. I only have one brush, just the face brush for the mineral makeup and it sounds like it is not too hard to clean it. Thanks for all the info!
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I been using baby poo to wash my make up brushes for years. its more gentle and it gets my brushes really clean. I wash my brushes once a week , i just wet them under warm running water and dab a lil baby poo on the brushes and wash, rinse really good , i might wash a second time depending on how dirty and shake them dry , fluff them up and let them dry laying on their sides over night. I hear u are suppose to wash them at least once a week cuz of all the dirt and how oily your skin can be plus everything just stays on the brushes and your basically wiping it back on your face again. plus too if u break out alot that when u use our makeup brushes the bacteria from pimples can get on the brushes and spread to other areas of your face making u break out more, so if your breaking out alot thats telling ya to wash once a week.
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I clean them with my daughters California Baby calming hair and body wash. It's really gentle.
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I use plain baby shampoo ( non conditioning kind) I put the soap in the palm of my hand wash brush rinse and then hang them over the sink to dry...
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So I washed it last night and it turned out fine. I used a tiny bit of baby shampoo in the palm of my hand and then just made sure I rinsed well and left it dry. It was so soft this morning. Seems to be a little fluffier than it was but that's ok.
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I do *exactly* as RCW does, about once a month or so.

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I, too, follow the same routine as RedCatWaves. I usually wash mine about every 3-6 weeks.
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