How I Wash My Brushes - An Overly Detailed Account
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Before I talk about brush care today, I thought I'd just have a bit of a heart-to-heart with you guys. My heart hasn't been in blogging recently, for the first time in years I have writer's block (though calling my blogging "writing" is a bit of a stretch as it's mostly me just throwing jumbled up thoughts on products at you, dear reader) and the whole not having great internet thing wasn't conducive to active blogging. Truth is, I've also been pretty preoccupied with fertility.
Morgan and I have been trying for a while now, and I've known pretty much since I was diagnosed with PCOS a few years ago (got a great look at my ovaries, ack) that we wouldn't likely conceive without medical assistance of some sort. Now that we've settled down in our first house, I feel almost an urgency to fill up all these quiet, empty bedrooms (don't worry, polish and makeup still get their own room) so expanding our family has been our top priority.
I'm not giving up on blogging though. In fact, I've been considering a secondary blog that focuses on "life stuff" such as; DIY, home improvement, cooking, etc. This whole not having the interweb thing has given me a ton of time to tackle things I could't in a small one bedroom apartment. I haven't started posting actively but I got my new domain and everything (here).
Wish us luck? We could use it!
Anyways, back to regularly scheduled programming!
I LOVE WASHING BRUSHES. Friends joke that I should come over and do their washing for them and no lie, I totally would. There's something cathartic about getting white brushes back to their clean, bright origins. Plus I watch TV while washing, so it's a great time to catch up on Netflix.
I start out by sorting my brushes into two piles. One pile is the easily cleaned pile and it consists of brushes that I usually use with dry products; powder, blush, eye shadow. The other pile has stuff that I know will take longer to break down on the brush; concealer, liquid foundation, gel eyeliner, etc. I save the "hard to wash" pile for later and start with the "easy" brushes like so:
You'll notice that in one of the bowls, I stuck a little scrubbing pad (it actually suctions right to the bowl) into the warm, tepid water (in which I have dissolved a pea sized amount of cleanser) to help clean the bristles. This is the sort of scrubbing pad that comes with L'Oreal 360 cleansers (have a whole post here about that). The best part about this set up is that I don't have to touch the wet bristles so you'll never hear me complain about prune-y fingers after laboring to wash all those brushes.
I switch out the water whenever one gets dirty (usually during commercial breaks, huzzah).
review here). With larger brushes such as face powder brushes, I usually go outside and flick them really hard to remove the bulk of water.
The "hard to wash" pile is washed directly at the sink, I apply a few drops of Dr. Bronner's directly to the wet bristles and lather them up using a spa glove (post here). Again, no touching! I fully expect my foundation/other creme type product brushes to not last as long as my other brushes with which I handle more delicately because I know I'm harder on them to get all the remnants out.
I don't know if I subscribe to the "brushes will last you a lifetime" notion anymore, I guess. I think ultimately that washing them with mild products and treating them with care will extend their life but I don't think even my nicest Hakuhodo brushes will hold up after decades of use, especially if those are reached for daily. I used to be a lot more aggressive with brush washing but also had more brush casualties, I don't think a single brush head has come off since I switched to this more delicate method. Plus I'm all caught up on Scandal now, so that's a plus.
How do you wash your brushes?