My make up brushes were a little dirty, so it was time to wash them, and I thought I'd share with you how I like to keep them clean and soft! I like to wash them every single week for hygiene reasons, because a build up of bits of make up and bacteria can easily get stuck inside of them, which can cause clogged pores and pesky breakouts. To be honest, washing my brushes is one of my least favourite chores to do, simply because I have way too many of them, and my arms always start to hurt a lot! But you know, that's life, and it just needs to be done.
I've recently thrown away about half of my brush collection, so that did cut down time, though. They were pretty old and started shedding, so I do need to buy a new set soon. They were all Sigma brushes, and to be honest it did hurt a bit to say goodbye to them! But they've lasted for many years, so they were definitely worth the money I spent on them at the time. Sigma is quite pricey though, but I've heard great things about Morphe as well, so I'm thinking of maybe buying a Morphe set. Please let me know if you're a fan of Morphe brushes, because I'd love to hear your opinion on them :) High quality make up brushes are always a bit of an investment, so I do wish to spend my money wisely.
Anyway, because it's the weekend, I decided this would be a good time to wash my brushes! I like using a spray brush cleanser after every use, but when I deep clean them like today, I use baby shampoo to get them as clean and as soft as possible :) The pink silicone thing in my sink is a brush cleansing palette I bought from Real Techniques. I'm aware I'm not using it the way it's supposed to be used (I'm supposed to hold it in my hand), but I find it works a lot better when I place it in my sink like this. I add a small pump of baby shampoo on the RT palette, run my brushes under some lukewarm water, and then wash them on the cleansing palette until they're all clean :) Be careful when you do this, and try to focus on the actual bristles while avoiding the (often metal) part of the brush where handle meets the head, because this may loosen the glue over time. When the water runs clear from the brush, I use a small cloth to reshape the hairs, and finish by laying my brushes flat to dry overnight. Smaller ones like lip or eye brushes don't take very long to dry, but do note that larger brushes (such as powder or foundation brushes) may take a few hours to fully dry.
How do you clean your make up brushes? And do you recommend Morphe brushes to me?