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Monday, 14 August 2017

How I Keep my Makeup Brushes Looking as NEW

Keep your makeup brushes in perfect condition

By now I'm pretty sure most of us have heard it several times over about how important it is to wash makeup brushes regularly to stop bacteria harbouring on them, and every time I think to myself I really need to wash them this weekend! But then I get carried away with shopping and all the other things weekends were made for(!)

Fortunately this isn't a post about how often I wash my brushes, but it's about how I get them to retain their shape when I do! After all, when you make an investment you want it to last.

Keep your makeup brushes in perfect condition

So first of all, I used to wash my brushes with either the Dove beauty wash, or a mixture of fairy washing up liquid and olive oil. The Dove wash works quite well, gets the makeup off and helps the bristles dry silky soft. The washing up liquid and olive oil mix is quite a popular solution  but I found it can leave the powder brushes slightly greasy if you don't rinse them out 101 times. There's also baby shampoo if you want another quick fix.

Technic solid brush cleaner

Technic solid brush cleaner

However, recently I've been using the Technic brush cleaner*. I've never tried a solid brush cleaner before, but I really liked it. The solid texture is almost transparent, and it's quite hard. You basically wet your brush, and then swirl it over the solid cleaner so it picks up the formula. You then swirl it around in your hand, it actually foamed up really well and quickly, so you only need to do it once for each brush (whereas with the other methods above I would have to go in 2-3 times to get all the pigments off the brush). The solid cleaner does have a cucumber scent, but I didn't find it noticeable on the brushes once dried. I think it is quite a good and quick product, the only con is that sometimes some of the pigment can be left on the brush cleaner but I just wiped it up afterwards with a tissue. I also found that my brushes seemed to dry quicker with this, and the bristles seemed in pretty good condition afterwards. You can get it for £5 here.

Technic solid brush cleaner
Now, I see the next step as quite an important part. Brushes tend to get splayed, and we don't want our favourite contour brush loosing it's shape! Shaping our brushes when they're wet also helps them to keep their shape as they dry. This is where the brush guards come in. They're basically a netting that you put over your brush and it keeps the bristles packed firmly together as they dry. This means in the long term you'll have brushes that are as good as new.

Makeup brush guard

I couldn't find the mesh roll I purchased for around £1 many years ago, but there's a pack of 15 guards here for 99p, or a 40 piece set from Amazon for £2.98 here. They're also great for storage purposes.

Makeup brush guard

Lastly, I sometimes then put them in a jar downwards so that when they dry the water drips into the jar rather than into the glue holding the bristles in place. However, it's best to have them where they're hanging off a desk, so there's less chance of the bristles getting splayed.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Do you have any methods to keep your brushes in great condition?

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99 comments:

  1. I need to get some of those guards, that is such a good idea!

    www.coleoftheball.com xx

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  2. I have never heard of this method before, definitely trying it, so clever! Thank you for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you found it useful x

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  3. oh wow, you're so prepared with those guards. what a fab idea!
    Jen, Velvet Spring x

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  4. I need to try these. No matter how often I wash my brushes, they still look ragged. I`m either doing a bad job, or I need a new soap.

    Georgiana / Beauty Nerd

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    1. I'm glad you found it useful, maybe you could try a conditioner on the bristles? x

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  5. I need to get some brush guards myself, I've seen these before but then I forgot all about them. Thank you for reminding how important these are to keep brushes to shape and great review on the Technic product!!

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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    1. Aww thank you so much! I'm the same, always forgetting things haha x

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  6. I make my own concoction either with antibacterial hand wash or baby shampoo with a drop of tea tree oil and olive oil to help condition them. I think if you use only a drop of two of the oil its fine and doesn't make them too greasy :) I really need to get an affordable solid cleanser in a tin. They seem so convenient xxx
    UmmBabyBeauty

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    1. It really is convenient, I can wash all my brushes in like 10 minutes! Ahh I think I was putting too much xx

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  7. These are some great tips and I am definitely going to look out for the Technic brush cleaner. At the moment I use baby shampoo and then my Benjabelle Brush Tree to dry them off. x

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    1. I've never heard of the brush tree before, I'll have to look into that xx

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  8. I've been using a solid cleanser too, and I really enjoy it. Those brush guards are really nice. I find it easier to wash my brushes knowing I have backup brushes for those that take long to dry. http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

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    1. I really didn't know what to expect either, and now it's one of my favourite!

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  9. Saving this for when I officially get serious about wearing makeup and owning makeup brushes! Great tips, girl!

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  10. Interesting that the brush cleaner will dry the brushes faster and the brush guards are such a great idea, will have to try that one! x

    Sam Hodgett || Beauty, Food & Lifestyle

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    1. I wasn't expecting it either, but maybe the formula has something to do with it xx

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  11. I gotta try these tricks the next time I clean my brushes! :)

    Angelie // Pixi Lash Booster Mascara Review

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  12. I've always been curious about solid brush cleaners but was never really sure if they actually worked. I'll definitely be getting one to try now. And thank you so much for mentioning the brush guards! I never even knew they made those, and they're such a good idea. Amazing tips xx

    Kara | http://karascloset.net/

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    1. They really work so well, make the whole process so much quicker. Thank you, I'm glad you found it useful xx

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  13. Such a lovely and informative post! I really need to clean my make-up brushes more often, I’m so bad! I never thought to protect them from being misshapen, well thought through. I go with the Real Techniques brushes too, they seem to be so popular with us bloggers! Thanks for sharing your tips. :-) xx

    Helen | Helen’s Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Thank you so much :) They really are great, I've had my face kit for a few years now and they're still as good as new xx

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  14. The mesh roll is such a clever idea! And the brush cleaner looks so handy too xx

    Lucy | lucy-cole.co.uk

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  15. It really sounds like I need this brush cleaner as it makes cleaning brushes so easily.. the brush guards sounds like a genius invention xx

    Ronnie // www.veronicabizzarri.com

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    1. It really does, you can just grab it and go x

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  16. The brush guards really are ideal and very helpful for washing. I use brush cleaners, but I have not used Dove for washing my brushes. Thanks for sharing. <3
    FASHION TALES

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  17. I've always been curious to sold brush cleaners, and it sounds really good! I use baby shampoo, but it seems to take ages! (That or my brushes are just really dirty haha!) Great post!xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. I've been really impressed with it! I've been washing mine in the evening and letting them dry overnight, so you don't have to do without them :)

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  18. I haven't seen brush guards before, how neat! The jar is a great way to store them, but it reminds me of a brush rack I saw, where you can hang your brushes upside down as they dry so the water doesn't dissolve the glue over time, though I'm not sure how well it worked with keeping the shape of the brush.

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

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    1. I did want to get a similar rack because jars don't work as well, although I just leave them on the kitchen worktop sometimes x

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  19. Thanks for sharing this method! I really must get some of those mesh brush guards, what a great idea! xx

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  20. The brush guards are so special, it's my first time hearing about them. It reminds me of those they use to protect fruit like apples and pears in the market.

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  21. Your photographs are getting better and better with each post! I have the Technic brush cleaner and I love it, it cleans my brushes so quickly. Those brush guards seem like a must buy
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Thank you! This was actually an old one that I had in my drafts for months. It's so good, isn't it?!

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  22. Ohh, I do the same thing. Haha! :)

    xoxo,
    SHAIRA
    www.missdream-girl.blogspot.com

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  23. Great post and tips, thanks for sharing! :-)
    https://barbiegirl06.wordpress.com/

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  24. This post reminds me that my brushes are loooong overdue for a cleaning, lol. I also use a solid brush cleanser (from BeautyBlender) and it really makes the job so much easier! Yes to the brush guards as well, and I also bought a brush rack on Amazon to help dry the brushes!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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    1. I need to check out brush racks! I did hear the original is quite good too xx

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  25. Using a mesh is such a cool idea, I would have never have thought of it, if I hadn't come across this post xx

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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  26. Great tips for keeping your bushes in tip top shape. The solid brush cleaner is interesting because that is kind of like the solution that artists use to clean their paint brushes. I used something similar every time I paint to keep my paintbrushes in form.So it makes sense that the same technique would work for makeup brushes.
    LaToya
    www.toyastales.blogspot.com

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    1. That was really interesting to hear, I think it's likely that they got the idea from it xx

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  27. i hate cleaning my make-up brushes, the mesh roll is such a great idea x
    www.sonias-style.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. I have a brush guard too and I swear it made a huge difference to my brushes!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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    1. It really helps with the bigger powder brushes!

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  29. I've never heard of a brush guard but it sound like something I def need! Thanks for all the tips xx Brynn

    www.brynnieblogs.com

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you found them useful x

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  30. I don't have a brush guard but I probably should. Thanks for sharing this.

    Nathalie
    www.nathalie-alexandra.blogspot.com

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  31. This is so interesting! I've never heard of anyone using fairy liquid and olive oil, I'll have to try your tecnique! At the moment I just use the B Beauty Brush cleanser x

    |Georgia Megan|

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    1. I've heard of that one, they did a relaunch recently I think xx

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  32. That brush netting is genius! I never thought of using baby shampoo or a hard brush cleaner... sounds like I know what I'm doing this weekend!

    🍓 Pia
    http://gymbagsandjetlags.com

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  33. Cool post! I like your blog a lot and I only just discovered it!
    Check out my blog!
    anaeldaydreamer.blogspot.com
    BTW, I looove velvet. In fact, the shoes I wore outside today are made with velvet!

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  34. This is such a great tip! I haven't really taking care of my makeup brushes :D

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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  35. I need to try this hack! I love my Real Techniques brushes too!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

    https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com

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  36. Oh, it's interesting how you use these brush nets, genius idea and I'll try it too! I clean my brushes with the mac fluid and then let them dry naturally for a few days.
    www.rougenapples.com

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  37. I've tried the beautyblender solid cleanser and it cleaned out my brushes perfectly! I can't wait to get my Technic cleaner soon...I like to clean my brushes with a spray for day-to-day, and then once in a while do a deep cleaning. I ordered a brush holder from amazon so I can have the brushes upside down while drying!

    Hannah
    Floraful

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    1. I think I need to get my hands on a brush holder, a lot of people have mentioned it x

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  38. Thanks for the great tips! This blogpost reminds me that I have to wash my brushes soon. xoxo

    www.naomella.com

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  39. Great tips !especially the little net for the brush . that s brilliant :)

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  40. Oh wow, this seems to work incredibly well! I've never used an actual brush cleanser either. I typically use soap and olive oil and you're right, I have to rinse the brushes over and over again to get the gunk and oil out, which is so time consuming and plain annoying! I'll have to look into getting a cleaner, perhaps this one! Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you're having a great week so far!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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    1. Thank you, I hope you had a great week too! It really does speed everything up because all you need to do is grab the cleaner, swirl your damp brushes and you're almost done x

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  41. wow!!!
    Thanks for sharing these tips!

    http://www.itzytrendy.com/2017/08/yesbabyonlinecom.html

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  42. I'd never heard of brush guards before, what a great suggestions - thank you! You're totally right about protecting your investment, as the total price of brushes can really add up!

    aglassofice.com
    x

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  43. Those brush guards sound amazing :D

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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  44. Wow these guards is such a good idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  45. Such great tips I've got to try these out! I need to get these products!

    findyourownhope.blogspot.com

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  46. I love that tip with the mesh! I need to get some now. When I wash my brushes, it is like a ritual which lasts for min 20 min or so! I did notice that solid cleanser makes everything just a bit quicker too. Drying your brushes upside down is a must!

    Naya // www.partyparrotblog.com

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    1. It used to take me ages too, like half an hour! But yes with the solid cleaner I can be done in less than 10 minutes, it takes out a lot of the fuss x

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  47. Great read ! Thanks so much for sharing this, definitely going to be using your tips !
    Much love :) x

    www.thewanderingmermaids.co.uk

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  48. Oh my gosh, what a great idea. I need to get some guards! Fab post xxx
    www.basicallyalice.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, I'm so glad you liked it xx

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  49. I love this post! I really needed it because although I wash my brushes weekly I think I can treat them better since I don't use a proper brush cleanser, and those mesh things are such a god idea to make sure all the water gets out. I'm heading to Amazon now LOL.

    Stacey, thebambieyes.com

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