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Brush cleaning

I know there has to be a ton of threads about brush cleaning, but I have a specific problem. Whenever I clean my buffing brushes, there's always a few spots in the middle of the brush that don't get clean at all. Even after washing it multiple times. 

 

I don' t know if you can see it very well, but the middle of the brush is still dirty with foundation

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Hi andyhtrieu! 

I would recommend the Sephora Collection Purifying Brush Shampoo.  Smiley Happy  It has a gel-consistency that works into a nice lather to really deep clean your brushes.  For your buffing brushes, you want to put a couple pumps directly in the middle, add a little water, and move the brush back and forth and in the palm of your hand.  When I clean my bronzer brush, I have to do this a two or three times to really get the brush 100% clean because the bristles are pretty densely packed. 

 

Hope this helps! 

 

Cheers!
Kevin 

 

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What do you use to wash? I find that using the beauty blender solid cleaning soap takes everything out. I use my RT expert face brush or RT buffing brush for liquid foundations, tinted moisturizer and even cream products and I would wash my brushes once a week without any type of cleaning after each use. If you dont want to use the BB solid soap, you can try baby shampoo. I pour a quarter size onto the back of my hand and swirl the brush on my hand until all the soap turns color, then I rinse and squeeze out everything. I never have remainder gunk stuck in my brushes and bristles.

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I agree! The BB solid is amazing!! Gets every last bit and makes my brushes look brand new Smiley Happy

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I will second baby shampoo,,,,many yrs ago when I bought my first Mac brush the SA told me to wash it with baby shampoo and I still use baby shampoo to clean my brushes and never had a problem.

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I use baby shampoo as well, but it still doesn't get everything out of this brush. It works fine with my powder and concealer brushes though

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I have one that does the same thing. What makes me so mad is that I clean it, think all is good, then I look in the middle and there's still foundation in there. What the heck! It is like an endless pit foundation. What has helped me is that first I wash the brush with baby shampoo, I open the brush up and put the soap right in the middle. Then I work the brush around on a wash rag. It actually looks like I am trying to put foundation on the wash rag. Then I wash again. I have to do this about 2 times to get everything out. Now I must admit that I don't really have expensive brushes so I am kind of rough on them.

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I use one of these scrubbing pads to really get out the makeup from my brushes.  I read that someone else uses that, and it works pretty well for me.  The little nubs really help work the cleanser through the brushes.  It might not be the soap you are using, but instead that you just need to really work it through the brush.  Hope this helps Smiley Happy

 

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Hmmm, I don't normally have this problem. I draw figure 8s with my brush (covered in soap) on my hand and rinse and repeat.  I dunno if that's been mentioned but its worth a try. 

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I don't use baby shampoo anymore because it takes longer, but I do use organic shampoos, beauty blender cleansers and Dr.Bronner's soap. 

I normally don't have this problem, but using Dr.Bronners soap for foundation, eyeliners, and concealers brush really helps. it gets the initial stuff out, so I only have to get the rest bit out with a shampoo or BB cleanser. 

 

I also think its important to take time to swirl the brush on to the palms of the hands. it really does get to everything 

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What organic shampoos do you use?

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I rotate, but right now I'm using Dr.Ron's MSM one. 

I bought it for myself, but my hair doesn't like it. but when I use it on the brush, its leaves it very very clean and soft at the same time 

I used Dessert Essence before too and I like it as well 

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The same happens with my dense foundation brushes, Real Technique and UD Good Karma, since I don't really clean them until weeks later. I do double cleanse with a silicone scrubber pad (the pink one sephora carries, or I have the one that comes with L'oreal 360 Go Clean cleansers, almost same price but you get an extra bottle of facial cleanser, that I use as brush cleanser). 

 

1. After every use, swirl/wipe it on a paper towel to get ride of most excess foundation.

2. When cleansing, I use an oil cleanser first to break up the foundation, then normal foamy cleanser to get the oily residue out. In both cases, swirl the brush on the silicone pad for a minute or so. It gets any and every foundation out (as in I've been testing a dozen foundation packets of different high end brands and have been able to get all of them out after a week of neglect *knocks on wood*).

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Since I can't even see your posts on IMK anymore, so I can't answer it there - you should probably find a more deep cleaning brush cleaner, something like what Kevin suggested and you need to be sure to get down into the middle of the brush, let the brush cleaner sit for a few minutes to break the makeup up if you have it (don't leave it sitting in water though).

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In between washes, I usually spray and wipe my brushes using Sephora's Brush Cleanser. When it's time to wash, I usually use No.4's Clarifying shampoo, since I've found that this shampoo gets rid of residue like no other! I made the mistake of washing my hair with this shampoo after I just colored it, it immediately removed all of the dye from my hair and hands. I make sure to scrub into the bristles to make sure it all comes out nice and clean. This usually gets everything out in one wash.

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Hmmmm....I Can see it. What kind of foundation are you using with this brush and what are you using to clean it? I use powders/minerals and haven't had a problem like this. I use Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser to wash my brushes (it's my regular cleanser) and it does a really good job. I do have to wash it a number of times and rinse like crazy, but then it's totally clean.

 

I wonder if it could be an issue with the brush itself? I don't know if this is doable or a good option, but I was just wondering what would happen if you took a good sharp scissor and snipped off the tips of those certain annoying bristles.(I have a specific hair cutting scissor that I used to use to trim my bangs and it's great) Just wondering what would happen. Do you remember who makes that brush? This is really perplexing.

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I use NARS Sheer Glow, Estee Lauder Double Wear, and Clinique Stay Matte with this brush. It happens to a few of my other dense buffing brushes too. Lately I've been using hand soap and baby shampoo because I really don't want to spend more than $10 for something to clean my brushes. 

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Are these liquid foundations? What type of cleanser do you use on your face? I use the Purity on my brushes since I use it on my face, that way I'm not spending extra $$ for a brush cleaner.

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Yea. those are all liquid foundations. I use Clean & Clear Daily Poor Cleanser, which a cleanser/scrub hybrid because it has small beads for gentle exfoliation. I tried using it to wash my brushes before and it worked quite well. I just wasn't sure if it was 'safe' for brushes. My logic was "if it can get makeup off of my face, it should be able to get makeup out of my brushes" Smiley Very Happy

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I feel the same way - if it's good enough for my face, it's hopefully good enough for my brushes! I wonder if it would work on that stubborn spot? I think as long as you don't leave the cleanser on the brush for a long period of time and you rinse the heck out of it, you should be okay. I wouldn't tell you to do it if it wasn't something I'd do myself.  Wish I could be more helpful, but I don't use liquid foundations and wonder if that makes a difference. Let me know if you try it. Smiley Happy

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I wouldn't recommend trimming it. You know how synthetic brushes are softer than real hair in general? That's because with synthetic the tip of the hair is often pointy (the good ones anyways) like this /\ while most real hair brushes are cut so the tip is like || except for the higher quality ones where they try to use the tip and match the hair by hand etc. It's like how the baby hair on your head is softer than cut hair. Basically if your brush is good quality and very soft, trimming it will make that area less soft. And what are you gonna do the next time you use it and it stains? unless you are trying to DIY this brush, lol.

 

You don't need a $10+ brush cleanser. I'm currently using whatever facial cleanser I don't want to use, but before that I used L'oreal 360 Go Clean Deep facial cleanser (~$5 and comes with a silicone pad that everyone recommends). Any cleanser that's good at getting rid of grease will do.

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@beautytester

Smiley Very Happy You crack me up - what a great DIY "after" pic. Smiley Very Happy 

 

I wasn't sure if it would be a good idea or not, just thought I'd throw it out there. Wonder if trying it on an inexpensive brush or one you just don't really use/like might be an interesting DIY experiment.

 

Thanks for the great laugh. Smiley Very Happy

 

ps - I like your panda, but I really miss your intelligent hedgehog. Hope you're doing well. Smiley Happy

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You can also soak it in olive oil or coconut oil overnight and then work diligently but gently. This requires time and effort and I really would not be using these on other people if they are not all the way clean. Seriously . That is gross. 

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This is my own brush. I would never use dirty brushes on other people. 

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 You better get busy cleaning! Smiley Very Happy

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