Brush Cleaning suggestions
Originally Posted by PrettyKitty
And same for me too!
Me too... I think the best advice also comes from the people that have the longest longevity of their brushes and what they do. Anyone with advise plz mention how long that you have been using this process, it may help others decide what to do.
Myself... I have had my brushes (all MAC) now for 9+ years and this is what I do:
clean my personal brushes once every 2-3 weeks with MAC's brush cleaner by wetting a brush until is is sopping wet then pour a bit of brush cleaner into the cup of my hand and clean then squeeze the excess water out and lay on a paper towel (flat) to dry overnight. The diluting rule is the ONLY way to use the brush cleanser the right way without it being too stong. With having the brushes already wet before I touch the brush cleanser, I basically do the same thing to delute it but save time and product by doing it this way.
for my professional set that I use for freelance work, I do the same but deep clean with a shampoo (for color treated hair because it is less stripping) and then santize by pouring the brush cleanser onto a paper towel and then brushing all bristles over it and letting dry. (this paper towel method is fantastic for also using in between cleaning to lift away colors and sanitizing between cleanign with water.)
I've been with MAC now for over 5 years and this is what all of my clients do now and they tell me it works great for them. I will say that there are other artists that suggest shampoo and other customers that swear by it... but... I can also say that I always have customers that come back with brushes sheading that say that they were told to use shampoo and that was the end result. They only have their brushes for months or even just a year when they come back.
Here are some things to consider...
--does your cleaning method sanitize your bristles? if not, do you really want anything not sanitary to touch your face everyday?
--are your brushes being conditioned in any way? the hairs on most brushes are natural hairs. imagine your own hair... shampooed but never conditioned.... very likely the hairs will become brittle.
If you have any brush cleanser that does sanitize, clean & condition then you are doing great. If the MAC cleanser doesn't work for you, I also recommend Bobby Brown's brush cleanser and Laura Mercer Brush cleaner. Both are ones that I hear work for other artists and have used myself in a pinch and they did a great job. I am not sure though if they sanitize but the brushes looked, felt and worked great after I tried them. For myself, MAC's cleanser is my choice because I had no issues with it yet, my brushes are in great condition after years of using it & it is only $9.
hope this helps ;-)