How to: Clean your Makeup Brushes (using Etude House brush cleaners)

Hey everyone!

Most of us know how important it is to clean our makeup brushes often - but not everyone knows how. In this short post, I share with you how I clean my makeup brushes and the products I use to get the job done.

Most suggest that spot cleaning your brushes should be done once to twice a week, depending on how much they are used and on your skin sensitivity. Deep cleaning your brushes should be done once a month. So I use two different products to clean my brushes: Puff & Brush Cleaning Mist and Brush Shower Cleaner, both by Etude House.

I've forgotten their exact prices, but I do recall the Puff & Brush being around Php 200-300 and the Brush Shower Cleaner being around Php 400+ for 250ml.

For spot cleaning, I simply spray the brush with the Puff and Brush Mist and wipe it using back and forth motions on a clean towel or tissue (I suggest if using a tissue to use one of the thick variety, since thinner ones will disintegrate).

For deep cleaning, I pour some of the Brush Shower Cleaner into a small bowl or container. With smaller brushes like eye shadow and lip brushes, it works to swirl them around in the container, squeeze out the excess and gently work the cleaner in the brush. Afterwards, rise gently with water.

However, I find this poses a problem with my thicker face and blush brushes - as the brush just absorbs most, if not all of the cleaner in one dip! I think the cleaner's viscosity might be the reason, as it's a very thick solution. Squeezing out the excess cleaner out of the brush, if your brush is really really dirty may be a bit gross and also wastes a lot of product. You can always squeeze the excess back in the bowl to not waste it, but really it's a bit hard to work with if there's a lot of makeup mixed in.

My alternative is to dilute the cleaner with some water so that the brush doesn't completely absorb the cleaner. It's also less gross to look at in the bowl and easier to work with as the water works to thin out the makeup and cleaner in the bowl. It also lessens wasted cleaner. Don't forget to work the watered down cleaner into your brush and rinse after. Repeat as needed until your brush no longer has traces of makeup when you rinse. Note: If the water and cleaner solution starts to really get dirty, throw it out and make a new solution. This will happen depending on the number of brushes you're washing and how dirty they are.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried either or both of these products? What brush cleaner do you use? Let me know all about it in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post, I just happened to see both cleaners in Etude's store and I thought they were affordable and wanted to try them out :)

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