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The Great Brush Debate

May 29, 2015

Not only do our skin types and fashion styles not match, but our approach to things don’t always match. Proof that sometimes opposites make the best matches. Here, we pose contrasting views on makeup brushes. Leave us your comments letting us know your thoughts.

Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em

Am I the only one who looks at makeup brushes as disposable?  I don’t buy real expensive ones for that reason.

Yes, I know they make brush cleaner, but the brushes don’t feel the same after cleaning to me. I may be doing something wrong, or maybe it’s because I buy inexpensive brushes to throw away after several uses and they don’t work well with the cleaner.

I’m open to thoughts. Do I need to splurge on expensive brushes and cleaner?  Should I keep buying cheap ones and throw them away after a few uses?   What is more cost effective?  Does any of this matter?

All the makeup gurus give advice please. The novices out there, me included, always like to hear new ideas so we can learn. Thanks in advance.


Through Thick & ThinIMG_0434

I own makeup brushes that are older than my youngest child. In truth, some may be as old as my eldest. I buy good brushes but have never bought a single bottle of brush cleaner. That seems like a waste of money.

I’ve always just cleaned my brushes with a bar of gentle face cleanser. At this point, that bar of Clinque is reserved just for my brushes. I take each brush and run it under warm water, taking care to make sure each is fully saturated. Then, I smear it around onto the bar of soap. (It’s not rocket science here, friends.)

The clean bar before I begin the process.

The clean bar before I begin the process.

Clearly, this eyeshadow brush was used for a nice, dark shadow. :)

Clearly, this eyeshadow brush was used for a nice, dark shadow. :)

Then I use my fingers and rub the soap into the bristles and run it under the faucet until the water runs clear. For brushes like the eye shadow brush in the picture that had a lot of pigment on them, I’ll repeat the process.


When the bar still looks a little tinted but the brush doesn’t leave any color, then it’s good. One more rinse, and I lie it flat on a towel like in the top photo. Squeeze all of the excess water out and shape the bristles into the shape it should have when it dries. It usually doesn’t take long to dry.

Ideally, this should be done every couple of weeks. I do it once a month or so.


What do you think? Let us know.