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Monday, the 17th of August, by Megan Knight

How the Professionals Keep Their Brushes Clean

When brushes are being used in a professional makeup artist's kit, it's vital that they are always 100% clean and sanitised. Any artist worth their salt knows that the key to protecting their clients against the spread of bad bacteria is keeping their kit sparkly clean!

Cleaning Brushes in a Professional Kit

When brushes are being used in a professional makeup artist’s kit, it’s vital that they are always 100% clean and sanitised. Any artist worth their salt knows that the key to protecting their clients against the spread of bad bacteria is keeping their kit sparkly clean!

This method of brush cleaning is harsher, because we use Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol (99.9%). It completely kills any bacteria, making them safe to use on many different people. You can find IPA at screenface.com, or in any high street beauty supply store like Sally’s. We occasionally use a little conditioner on the bristles to help them feel softer for our lovely clients.

The Pro Method

  1. Start by pouring IPA into a bowl.
  2. Gently swirl the brushes in the solution (avoiding the joints as these can weaken over time and the brush may fall apart).
  3. Carefully rub the brush on some kitchen towel, this is when the colour starts to come out.
  4. Repeat step 3 until there is no longer any colour left on the kitchen towel. This is how you know it’s completely clean.
  5. Softly reshape the fluffier brushes back into their natural shape and then leave them hanging upside-down to allow them to dry and to avoid liquid going into the joint.

Et voila! Now you have entirely clean makeup tools. Sometimes a tedious process, but crucial to any professional artist who loves and respects their wonderful clients ♥️

Written by Megan Knight, edited by Bethany Lewendon

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