View Full Version : How to clean a GOOD foundation brush?

05-11-2004, 02:40 PM
Being so cheap, I would have never spent $36 on a single brush, but now that I got it at an incredible discount (legal, but impossible to repeat) and saw the results I acknowledge I should have got it loooong time ago, at any price.

But the question is... should I clean it? how often? after every use? what should I clean it with?

For details, it's this (http://www.maccosmetics.com/templates/products/sp.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CATEGORY15084&PRODUCT_ID=PROD1630) brush, and I use it to apply several MAC concealers and foundations.


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05-11-2004, 03:37 PM
O.o I don't know much about cleaning synthetic brushes, but I do know this...

They have to dry bristle side down so water doesn't seep into the base of the brush, where the bristles are attached, because it's bad for the glue.

Also, MAC makes a brush cleaner...
but if you've got sensitive skin, use your daily face cleanser on it instead.

edit: Google tells me three months is a good interval as long as you don't use it for both light and dark shades, and you're the only person who uses your brushes.

05-11-2004, 09:17 PM

I think you clean it after every use. Or at least once a week.

05-11-2004, 09:37 PM
hmm may be you could ask the MAC people, they can always suggest things. I'm not sure, but I heard cleaning makeup tool with alcohol will definitely clean it. The only problem is that I'm worried it may ruin the brushes. Eek, I'm allergic to MAC products especially their eye stuff, I always get all teary and puffy. =( I still love their lipglass and the amount of shades they offer.

05-11-2004, 09:52 PM
To clean my brushes I use shampoo. Plain old shampoo, nothing fancy. I then let it dry with the bristles hanging over the counter edge so they don't get smooshed. I don't do it nearly enough, I would say once every week or two, depending on how often you use it, is enough. I recommend contacting Mac and not taking my word for it though.

05-12-2004, 12:07 AM
I use MAC brush cleaner to clean mine.

I would like to wash my brush after every use - however, I don't because I don't want to shorten the lifespan of my brush by over-washing it (and eventually wearing away the glue inside the ferrule).

What I do after every use is - dampen a cotten pad with MAC brush cleaner and wipe my brush on that, and then wipe brush onto clean tissue - repeat until the brush doesn't leave a mark on the tissue. This way the brush doesn't have any foundation residue on it.

Then, once a week I give it a good clean with Johnson's Baby Wash.

05-12-2004, 01:22 AM
i use shampoo on the brush i got free in my lancome GWP (gift with purchase)

I just put a drop in the palm of my hand and rub the brush in a circle in the shampoo until it runs clean, then dry it on its side

i clean mine about twice a month because i only wear makeup to work

i think i might just buy a synthetic paint brush when this wears out, because their cheaper and you can get really soft ones

05-24-2004, 11:27 PM
since the hairs are synthetic, you don't have to worry too much about the brush itself. the oils from your heavy-duty products will not soak into the hairs as they would with a natural-hair brush.

for my concealer brush (MAC 194) i do what China Lilly does. MAC brush cleaner (or some diluted rubbing alcohol) on a kleenex to remove immediate residue and a once-weekly wash using a mild shampoo. there's a "makeup brushes" thread somewhere in this forum and brush cleaners come up.