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How do you keep your brushes clean?

Grace @ No.21 Saturday, June 15, 2013
To be honest, I was not the type of person that use brushes to apply makeup. I liked to apply with my fingers, hands although,  I knew a lot of germs are on people's hands than a toilet (ewu I know..) I used to believe that fingers are the best tools for makeup until I got serious break outs. It just started to happen when I moved in to CA. Maybe I had so much stress and pressure. I was so depressed being in the state where I don't have any friends or people that I can talk to. Or just simply I kept my hands not clean enough and got break outs ! So that's when I started to using makeup brushes. It proves that I'm not a brush expert and I'm on my way to figure out 'how to keep my brushes clean' or 'what's the best way to clean the brushes.'

I had a little experiment with E.L.F's daily brush cleanser, liquid foam hand soap, and a bar soap. Since I'm away from home, I have such a limited brush selection and please understand the dirtiness of my brushes ( haven't clean them in awhile.. )

For the first, I tried E.L.F's daily brush cleanser. I had such a hope on this one since I really like their brushes. I thought they probably made 'awesome brush cleanser' along with their real awesome brushes! But, i guess I was wrong on this one. It didn't do anything on 'cleaning' the brush at all. It smelled quite funny and seemed like contain strong alcohol as well.  The last picture above is after I sprayed several time and washed a bit with water. Do you see any change ? I obviously don't.. It looks dirty wet. 

Second try was with the liquid foam hand soap. I believe many of you might use liquid soap to clean your brushes? Because that's what I normally used to clean my brushes.  As you can see above, It cleaned my brush more than the first one but still doesn't look clean as I wanted it to be.  I use this brush to apply my tinted moisturizer so I know it's hard to clean than other brushes. However, I still need something to clean my foundation brush so I can keep my face clean and germ free! I would say I was little disappointed. 
For the final, this is what it looks like when i cleaned my brushes with the bar soap. Blush brush still has some makeup residue but oh my, much much better than the other two! The rest of my brushes got cleaned so good and look like NEW.  All i did was just rub the brush on the bar soap like i was trying to get some eyeshadow on the brush and washed it with water. Ta-Dah!

I know it's really important to keep my brushes clean just like my hands. But don't know and not sure if i'm doing it right with cleaning it with a bar soap? What do you use to clean your makeup brushes? Any good methods? Please do share! :)


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17 comments :

  1. Wow, first off lovely pictures and post! I hope that you will enjoy California soon. I used to use Dove soap to wash all of my brushes, and it worked just fine at cleaning. But then I watched an Amarixe video,and she said she used Johnson's Baby Wash. Now it's the only thing I like to use, you only need a tiny bit to clean the biggest, fluffiest, dirtiest brush!

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    1. Thank you so much Hollie! Oh, now i'm in love with California:) Johnson's Baby Wash sounds great that i must try! Thank you.

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  2. I used to use MAC's brush cleanser, then switch to Sonia Kashuk's. It's an OK brush cleanser, not the greatest, it takes two rounds to get foundation and concealer off my brushes. Not to mention it smells a little odd.

    I think I may try the bar soap method though :D

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    1. I guess regardless of $$ all the brush cleansers are smell a bit odd...x

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  3. I've also started to use the Johnson's Baby Shampoo, you can pick it up really cheap and it works really well :)

    It's a shame the elf brush cleaner didn't work! At least it isn't too expensive, I would just stick with your foaming soap :)

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

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    1. Seems like most of people using Johnson's.. Therefore I must try! :)

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  4. I also use Johnson's Baby Shampoo :) I find that works so much better than any of the actual brush cleaners! :D
    I might go and try out bar soap though...
    Thanks for sharing!

    http://milkeipure.blogspot.com

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    1. You're very welcome Katie. You should try out the bar soap and see which one works better! :)xx

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  5. I also use a bar soap (antibacterial) to deep clean my brushes, then I spray them with 90% alcohol to help them dry faster but, on a daily basis I use a home made recipe (created by Koren a.k.a. Enkore) that is really inexpensive and effective (link to my post about it here). Happy brush cleaning Grace! LOL xx

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    1. Oh I should try that home made recipe! Looks so good :) Thank you for sharing with me Lau! xx

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  6. I use baby shampoo to wash my brushes, it does a good job and since it is very gentle it doesn't harm my brushes or my skin. x

    Shang J.| The Feminine Crusade

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    1. Baby shampoo/Johnson's are the thing I guess! I am definitely going to try it next time! xx

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  7. What a beautiful post the way you have displayed your pictures and everything i use baby johnsons shampoo and its amazing but now i want to try the bar soap :D xx

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  8. I cannot believe how great your brushes look afterwards! I am definitely going to be cleaning my brushes tomorrow.

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  9. Wow, I intented to buy the E.L.F brush cleaner but I've never decided. I thought that's not gonna work. Now I see that the effect is amazing! I'm definitely gonna buy it :)

    NEON MIZZLE

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  10. I can't believe that after all of this time I've spent standing at the sink swirling my brushes around in dish soap, that all I had to do was rub it on some bar soap! I will have to give this a try next time I wash my brushes (which really should have been yesterday!). Thanks for the tip, Grace! xx

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