Makeup brushes, how I both love and loathe them… I love the looks they help me create, but loathe spending 3 hours stood at the sink with pruned hands trying to get them clean. So to counteract this problem I tend to collect makeup brushes, especially one of my best budget brushes brands, Blank Canvas Cosmetics. Also, I have recently become the proud owner of the new The Body Shop Silicone Brush Cleaner (£5.00)*, which I use alongside side my beloved Dr Bronners Pure Castille Liquid Soap (£10.49)* to get my brushes back to their best.
I have quite the little collection of Blank Canvas brushes now, and I have to admit they’re fast becoming a most used. The brushes are amazing quality, without the £30+ price tag per brush, although they aren’t ‘cheap’ brushes either. The range consists of LOTS of brushes, with most rvarying in price from £6ish for eye brushes and £13ish for face brushes.
Not only are the brushes super soft, easy to clean, rarely shed, but they also come in a range of different colours – which is the important part, amiright?! I think this is one of the reasons they’re fast becoming one of my most used; I can spot them a mile off in my brush holder and the bright pretty metallic handles just draw me in.
My current most loved are new additions; the F19 tapered concealer brush, which fits in to crevices and under eyes perfectly and the F12 angled flat eye brush – it’s perfect for creative makeup looks. Blank Canvas are definitely up there in the list of best budget brushes for me, and I can see them sticking there for a while. Budget friendly but still amazing quality.
Now on to getting my favourite brushes squeaky clean… I have being using Dr Bronners soap for years to clean my brushes, it leaves them feeling soft and gets them sparkling. The Rose scented one is new to me, but I absolutely love it, my brushes now have a very faint smell of fresh roses which makes a lovely change. Previously I used to use baby shampoo, but it just never got my brushes clean, whereas Dr Bronners leaves them extremely clean and without having to use too much product, or swirl the brushes too much… Which means it leaves my rushes in better condition int he long run.
I have also added the Silicone Brush Cleaner in to my regime as I was sick of getting my hands all pruned up from spending ages under the tap. You slip the applicator over the end of your brushes, add a little soap to the top side and swirl your brush head on it. Voila, queue lots of foundation being rinsed from the brushes. I keep doing this until the water runs clean, then gently squeeze out any excess water (avoiding the funnel), before placing them to dry on the side.
What’s your favourite cleaning method for brushes? Any helpful tips or tricks for me?