I have to clean my brushes everytime I use them. As a professional, I can't show up to a job with dirty brushes. It's just gross.
After years of doing it I think I've got it down to a fine art.
I do this so many times every week depending how often I'm working. I try to do it as soon as I get home if I have no more clients for the day but more often than not I will remember when I'm about to jump in to bed and have an early client the next morning. Typical.
For home use I recommend using this method on your personal brushes at least once a month and more often on your foundation type brushes.
Here's the easiest and most hassle free yet effective way I clean my brushes.
I don't buy any special brush cleansers or shampoos. I use my trusty bar of Palmolive naturals soap. It is AMAZING (and soooo cheap). It gets everything out of my white foundations brushes, gets red lipstick out of my lip brushes and black eyeliner out of my eyeliner brushes.
All I do is run the tap on a warm temperature and swirl the brush around on the bar of soap. Then swirl it round on the palm of my hand and foam it up to get the soap deep down into the bristles then do the same again under the water continuously squeezing the water out until the water runs clear. And VIOLA - clean brush, leaving it so clean and bacteria free.
I then dry them by squeezing the excess water into towel and lay it flat on the towel, making sure it's back to its intended shape. Then, just to be on the safe side, I spritz them all with a hospital grade sanitizer.
Then I put them in the hot water cupboard overnight and they are always dry by the morning. A couple of the denser kabuki brushes may take a bit longer. Just make sure they are spread out on the towel not all bunched together.
In between clients on a busy day I clean most of my brushes with isopropyl alcohol on a paper towel. This kills any bacteria and gets most of the product off and leaves it dry enough to be able to use again instantly, but it doesn't bring the brush back to its original colour so the first method I do everynight after work.
For really stubborn stains my last resort is good old sard wonder soap which I'm sure everyone has in their laundry, this stuff isn't just great for getting stains out of your white clothes, it has a gentle bleaching agent so makes your white brushes as white as when you first bought them, But most of the time the pamolive soap works wonders.
If you have anything you think I should add or any questions please don't hesitate to comment below.