How To Clean Your Brushes Video Tutorial

So here’s the last part of the How To Clean Your Brushes series, and it is the You tube video format.

If you haven’t seen the makeup tutorial videos they are on my you tube channel, which is CorinnaBmakeup.

Enjoy and have a fabulous day!



How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes #2

So I’ve shown you how to do the Parian Spirit clean, now we’re going to do the other form of deep cleaning your brushes, which is actually washing them.

Here are my beautiful CorinnaB Badger hair makeup brushes at Studio5, waiting to be shot. You can get them at

My personal brushes at home I wash every week or so, or as they need it. My brushes in my kit get a wash after a big job, or as needed.

I actually do mine under gently running lukewarm/tepid water, but for the sake of the pictures I’ve used bowls.

First up, get your brush fully immersed and wet. Sometimes you’ll need to work the water into the more densely packed brushes.

Next lather gently with a very gentle soap. I use Dove or Saddle Soap. Dont use fragranced soaps, soaps with borax, or soaps that leave a soap scum film – they will break down the hairs on your brushes and leave a film on them too.

Next up, rinse the brush out. I separate hairs and see if there is any sign of soap or soap bubbles left in there, and rinse until clean.

Now you want to help remove excess water from your brush. I press the brush gently with either a paper towel or a clean hand towel.

I keep telling you to be gentle with your brushes, because I am always seeing people be really rough with them. You want your brushes to last forever, so you have to be gentle with them.
Some of the brushes in my kit are 20 years old, and still in mint condition, because I’ve taken good care of them. And they get used half to death too…

OK, so now you need to reshape your brush. This is very important. Reshape it, and slick down any stray hairs that are trying to do their own thing. One of the most important features of a really good makeup brush is the angle upon which it is cut, and the actual shape of the brush. You will maintain its integrity by taking this step.

So here is our brush all clean and reshaped.

Now you are going to lie the brush flat on a clean folded towel. Never, never, never stand a damp brush up vertically.

Inside the ferrul (thats the metal bit) the hairs are bound together, and there is adhesive holding the wood, the ferrul and the hairs all in place. If moisture is rolling down inside there it will break down any adhesive and binding thread, which will make your brush fall apart. Also it can trap moisture within, and create an ideal breeding ground for bacteria.

If the air is really moist I’ll lay a second towel over top for a while to help wick away the moisture in the wet brushes, but I live in very low humidity, so that doesn’t happen too often.

So now you have the total picture on cleaning your brushes. If you buy quality brushes and take care of them they will last you forever, so it is well worthwhile!

Here is the wonderful Kelly Cappelli.
She shot this photo story for me (and for you).
I thought I was so clever and so artsy-fartsy getting this shot in motion, and was so proud of myself! Then I found out that Lea took it on her iphone during a shoot! Hahaha! Guess I’m not as clever as I thought I was!!!

Have a gorgeous day!



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How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes #1

The brush line.

Today I want to tackle the serious business of taking care of your makeup brushes.

If you have bought quality brushes they will last you forever, so long as you take care of them properly.
To show you how to do this the right way, Kelly Cappelli and I shot a couple of brush care and cleaning tutorials for you, and this is the first one.

When I’m on a shoot and need to clean brushes in between people, or if I’m at home and want to do a quick color change, I use Parian Spirit to clean and disinfect my brushes.
Parian Spirit is an environmentally friendly cleaner that dissolves all makeup products and disinfects, while conditioning your brushes at the same time. It’s made from citrus spirits, has no artificial colors or fragrances, and it wont damage the wood on your brush.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen a pro makeup artist ever not use Parian!

You can probably buy it at Ulta or Sephora etc. I buy huge bottles because I go through so much of it, but you can buy little bottles too.

The super speedy way to use it is to put some on a folded kleenex,

and gently paint your brush through it. This method will dry really quickly, and you’ll be ready to use the brush again within a couple of minutes.

The second way is more of a deep clean, so you want to mostly be doing it this way.
Pour some cleaner into a small non metallic container, them gently swirl the brush in the parian spirit. You’ll see the color coming out of it!

Next you need to gently paint the brush across a folded tissue, until the color stops coming out. Hold the tissue in your hand rather than laying it on the counter, as this will make sure you are gentle with your brush.

Don’t scrub or push the brush hard – always be gentle.

Next you need to re-shape your brush. Gently re-mould it to its original shape.

Finally, I lie my brushes flat on a folded towel to dry. They may take several minutes to dry, and a towel or paper towel will help to draw out the moisture.

Never, never, never stand a damp or wet brush up vertically. The moisture will roll down inside the ferrul (thats the metal part of your brush) and eat away at the thread that ties the hairs together, and the adhesive that keeps the wood and the ferrul bound together.
Always lie them flat!

Once my brushes are dry I store them vertically in a glass vase at home (because it looks pretty!) or in a brush roll in my kit.

Keep and eye out for “How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes #2”

Have a gorgeous day!