Showing posts with label cleaning makeup brushes. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Clean Makeup Brushes in Seconds With This Terrific Brush Cleaner Spray

As a beauty and skincare enthusiast who loves wearing makeup, I am passionate about using good quality makeup brushes and caring for them properly to keep them clean, hygienic, and performing at their best. Recently I shared my tutorial for the best way to clean makeup brushes without ruining them, including my tips for cleaning brushes with water and a good quality brush soap cleanser without getting water inside the ferrule that covers the glued join between the bristles and the handle, which can cause shedding and shorten the useful life of your makeup tools. 

In that tutorial, I discussed using an alcohol-based sanitizing spray periodically in between washings. Today, I am reviewing another type of spray-on brush cleaner: Jenny Patinkin Spray Away Instant Makeup Brush Cleaner. Spray Away is a new favorite for me that instantly removes even heavily pigmented makeup from bristles easily in just seconds and leaves my brushes dry and ready to use again immediately. It also helps keep the inside of my brush case clean and free from makeup residue.

Jenny Patinkin Spray Away Instant Makeup Brush Cleaner

Developed by a "Lazy" Professional Makeup Artist

Spray Away was developed by pro makeup artist, beauty expert, brand founder and bestselling author Jenny Patinkin, who wrote Lazy Perfection, The Art of Looking Great Without Really Trying. Patinkin's eponymous line of beauty tools is all about simplicity, sustainability, and effectiveness with minimal effort. Spray Away definitely fits with her beauty philosophy. 

Cleans Makeup Brushes Completely in Seconds!

As someone who relies on good quality makeup brushes, I've tried my fair share of brush cleaners and this one truly stands out.

Watch me demonstrate how Jenny Patinkin Spray Away Instant Makeup Brush Cleaner lives up to its name, allowing me to remove all traces of a heavily pigmented, vivid blush and a dark brown eyeshadow from some of my favorite makeup brushes from BK Beauty. 

Note: If you prefer, you can watch my Spray Away brush cleaning demonstration on YouTube.

Works Beautifully on Brushes With Densely Packed Bristles

As you can see from my demonstration, Spray Away Instant Makeup Brush Cleaner works perfectly on brushes of any size, from large foundation and blush brushes to small eyeshadow and eyeliner brushes, as long as they have densely packed bristles like the ones from BK Beauty that I show in the demo.

The only thing you need in addition to the Spray Away is a towel. I prefer to use a large microfiber cloth.

If you have any brushes with long, loose bristles, you'll want to stick to washing those with water and a brush soap type cleaner, such as Jenny Patinkin Makeup Brush Soap.

Gentle Yet Effective

I also appreciate the gentle yet effective nature of the formula. Spray Away removes even stubborn makeup buildup effectively without damaging the bristles or compromising their softness.

Dries Almost Immediately

One of the most impressive aspects of this cleaner is its quick-drying formula. Spray Away evaporates almost instantly, allowing you to use your brushes immediately after cleaning. This is a game-changer for those moments when you need to switch between colors or brushes on the fly.

A Clean Beauty Product

According to the brand, Spray Away is oil-free, dye-free, waterless, paraben-free, vegan, and free from the types of chemicals commonly found in makeup brush sprays.

It also leaves behind a subtle, pleasant scent that adds a touch of luxury to the cleaning process.

A Great Gift for Any Makeup Lover

Anyone who wears makeup should be cleaning their brushes regularly: washing weekly or bi-weekly and doing quick cleanings in between washings to keep brushes hygienic and performing well.

The Jenny Patinkin Spray Away Instant Makeup Brush Cleaner, some microfiber cloths and the Jenny Patinkin Luxury Vegan Makeup Brush Soap would make a great gift!

Overall, Jenny Patinkin's Spray Away Instant Makeup Brush Cleaner has earned its place as a staple in my beauty arsenal. Its convenience, quick-drying formula, and effectiveness make it a standout product that I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone looking to streamline their brush cleaning routine


Clean Makeup Brushes in Seconds With This Terrific Brush Cleaner Spray by Margaret Schindel

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The Best Way to Clean Makeup Brushes Without Ruining Them

Good makeup brushes are an excellent investment for anyone who wears makeup. Whether you apply a full face of makeup or just a bit of foundation and blush, the right tools can make all the difference in achieving beautiful results with your makeup application. But whether you choose to invest in high-quality makeup brushes or inexpensive ones, proper care is important for many reasons including the effectiveness and longevity of these beauty tools as well as good hygiene.

Today I'm reviewing my tried-and-true method for cleaning makeup brushes quickly, easily, gently, and thoroughly using either a solid makeup brush cleanser bar (my preferred method) or a liquid brush shampoo.

The Best Way to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

A Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Makeup Brushes Using a Solid Brush Cleanser

In this step-by-step guide, I'll walk you through the easy process of using a solid makeup brush cleanser to clean your beloved brushes.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Collect your dirty makeup brushes, a solid brush cleaner of your choice, a clean towel, and (optional) either mesh brush sleeves or a makeup brush drying rack. (I have linked my favorite recommended makeup brush cleaning supplies further down in this article.) Place these next to your bathroom sink.

Step 2: Wet the Lower Two-Thirds of the Brush Bristles

Run a moderate (not strong) stream of lukewarm water in your sink. Take one of the dirty makeup brushes and wet just the tips of the bristles under the running water. Take care to keep the upper part of the bristles where they meet the handle dry, since getting this area wet can loosen the glue that holds the bristles in place and cause the brush to shed.

Step 3: Swirl the Wet Bristles on the Solid Cleanser

Rub the wet brush gently over the surface of the solid makeup brush cleaner in circular motions. Don't push down, just swirl across the surface with the lower part of the bristles to create a rich lather, making sure to avoid the top where the bristles meet the handle. Lathering the cleanser and working it into the bristles will help break down and lift away impurities such as makeup residue, oils, and bacteria.

Place the tips of the wet, soapy bristles in the lid of the solid brush cleanser jar, then tap them against the inside of the lid repeatedly, rotating the brush to work the cleanser into the bristles on all sides. Don't press hard or push—you want to avoid getting the cleanser lather on the topmost part of the bristles, where the water can wick up inside the ferrule (the metal band inside which the tops of the bristles are glued into the handle), which can weaken the glue and cause premature shedding. 

Step 4: Rinse Thoroughly

Rinse the inside of the lid, then fill it partway with clean lukewarm water. Again, tap and swirl the tips of the brush inside the lid to rinse out the lather. Pour out the dirty water, rinse and refill the lid with clean water, and repeat. (Depending on how much makeup is on the brush, you may need to repeat steps 3 and 4 a few times.) Repeat this rinse step until the water runs clear, indicating that the brush is clean.

I made this video to demonstrate how to properly wet the bristles, lather them on the solid brush cleanser, and rinse them in the brush cleanser lid to avoid wetting the tops of the bristles.


Step 5: Shape and Dry

Gently reshape the brush bristles to their original form with your fingers and allow them to air dry. You have three air-drying options:

  • Slide a mesh brush guard sleeve over each brush, starting from the handle tip and sliding the guard down to the bristles. Note: These mesh sleeves are also great for protecting your brush bristles when you are traveling. 
  • Use a brush drying rack. Insert the handle of each brush from the underside of the rack through the flanged silicone inserts in an appropriately-sized hole, taking care to center the handle so the bristles point straight down.
  • Lay the brushes flat on their sides on a clean towel. Avoid leaving them upright, as water can seep into the handle and damage the brush over time.

Once your brushes are completely dry, store them in a brush case to keep them clean and dust-free until you're ready to use them.

Makeup brush cleaning supplies
Makeup brush cleaning supplies: Solid cleanser, liquid brush shampoo, mesh brush guards, collapsible acrylic brush drying rack

How to Wash Your Makeup Brushes Using Liquid Brush Shampoo

Follow the same steps as for using a solid brush cleanser, except:

  • Use any shallow, clean, medium-sized jar lid in place of the solid cleanser lid.
  • Squirt a drop of liquid brush shampoo into the lid, swirl the damp bristles in the lid to work in the soap and create a lather, then rinse the lid thoroughly before filling it partway with lukewarm water and rinsing the soapy bristles as in Step 4 of the solid brush cleanser instructions.

How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

If you are an actress who applies a full face of heavy stage makeup several times a week, you should wash your brushes after each makeup application. For someone who wears subtle daytime makeup, cleansing your brushes weekly with either solid brush cleaner or liquid brush shampoo should be fine. If you wear makeup only occasionally, you may be able to get away with sanitizing your brushes after each use with an alcohol-based makeup brush sanitizing spray and washing them with a brush cleaner and water every two or three weeks.

Maintaining clean makeup brushes is an essential part of any beauty routine. With the use of a solid makeup brush cleaner, this process becomes quick and effective. Incorporate this simple routine into your beauty regimen to ensure your brushes remain in top-notch condition, providing you with flawless makeup application every time.

Recommended Supplies for Cleaning Makeup Brushes

These are the cleaners and related tools and supplies I recommend to keep your makeup brushes clean, sanitary, and performing well for a long time.


Why It's Important to Wash Your Makeup Brushes Frequently

Cleaning makeup brushes on a frequent, regular schedule is essential for maintaining skin health, preventing bacterial buildup, preserving makeup quality, and promoting good hygiene habits. It's a simple yet crucial step in your beauty routine that contributes to both the longevity of your brushes and the health of your skin.

Preventing Bacterial Buildup

Makeup brushes come into contact with the skin, which naturally harbors bacteria. Over time, these bacteria accumulate on the bristles of the brushes. Regular cleaning helps prevent the growth of harmful bacteria that can lead to skin irritations, breakouts, or infections.

Maintaining Skin Health

Dirty brushes can transfer oils, old makeup, and bacteria to your skin, potentially causing clogged pores and breakouts. By keeping your brushes clean, you reduce the risk of introducing these unwanted elements to your skin, promoting a healthier and clearer complexion.

Preserving Makeup Quality

The residue left on makeup brushes can contaminate fresh makeup products, altering their color, texture, and performance. Regularly cleaning your brushes ensures that your makeup applies smoothly and accurately, maintaining the quality and longevity of your cosmetic products.

Preventing Cross-Contamination

Using the same brush with different makeup products, such as foundations, blushes, and powders, without cleaning it in between applications can lead to cross-contamination. This can affect the color accuracy of your makeup and may cause unintended combinations that don't complement each other. You don't necessarily need to wash the brush before using it with a second or third type of makeup in a single sitting; spraying it with an alcohol-based makeup brush cleaning spray and wiping it on a clean microfiber cloth or paper towel in between using it for different makeup products is fine. 

Enhancing Makeup Application

Clean brushes perform better for makeup application. Dirty brushes can carry remnants of previous products, causing colors to mix or appear muddy. Clean brushes help you achieve more precise and beautiful makeup looks and give you better control.

Prolonging Brush Lifespan

Regular cleaning helps maintain the integrity of the brush bristles. Accumulated makeup, oils, and bacteria can damage the bristles over time, leading to shedding and a shorter lifespan for your brushes. Cleansing them properly on a regular basis ensures that they will remain in good condition longer.

Reducing Allergic Reactions

For individuals with sensitive skin or allergies, using dirty brushes can trigger adverse reactions. Cleansing your brushes properly and frequently minimizes the risk of irritation and allergic responses by removing potential allergens and irritants from the bristles.

Promoting Good Hygiene Habits

Regularly cleaning your makeup brushes is part of maintaining good personal hygiene. Just as you wash your face and remove your makeup before bedtime, cleaning your brushes should be a routine practice to ensure your overall skincare and makeup regimen is as healthy as possible.


The Best Way to Clean Makeup Brushes Without Ruining Them by Margaret Schindel

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