Thursday, 28 January 2010

Brush Care

Vincent Longo Hygienic Professional Brush Cleanser:

For a quick cleaning or a mini-clean between colors used on the same brush, I use this brush cleanser. It is hypoallergenic even though it has a slight fragrance and doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. Simply spray it directly on your brush and then wipe the brush gently back and forth on a paper towel or soft cloth until the brush wipes clean.

Johnson's Baby Shampoo:

This is the only thing that I will use to deep clean my brushes. It is extra gentle so it won't harm even the softest brush and it gets brushes very clean and smelling fresh. Get your brush wet in the sink and put a dime sized amount (more or less depending on the brush size) into your palm. Swirl the brush around in the shampoo for a round brush or stroke back and forth for a flat brush. Rinse the brush in the water. Squeeze the hair between your fingers to wring the water out and if the water runs clean then you know you're finished, but if not, then repeat the process. Let the brush air dry. I promise it will get back to its original shape once it's dry and you gently rub the bristles a few times.

Just a trick: For lip brushes that seem gunky and hard to clean, try putting a teeny bit of olive oil in your palm and running it through the oil, then clean with your shampoo as described above. The olive oil will break down whatever lipstick is stuck in the brush and help you get it completely clean- no sticky residue!

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