Michelle Phan – Squeaky Clean Brushes
Hi, everyone, this video will show you how to properly clean you brushes. Stay tuned near the end of the video to see how you can win a free Brush Guard.
Not washing your brushes is like the equivalent of not washing your face. Washing your bushes is so important because you have on all of the old make up, the sebum, the oil, the dirt, its all on an unclean brush. The next day if you are applying it on your face again, your applying all of that germ, all of that bacteria back on your face, and you can actually break out from that, so washing your brushes is extremely important, I can not emphasis how important it is, so not only am I gonna show you how to properly wash and carefully care for your brushes but how to dis-infect it, too. Source: LYBIO.net I know there is a lot of people who show you how to use brush cleaners, how to use baby shampoo, how to use facial cleansers to clean the brushes. But this is actually a technique that I learned from oil painting class, and it works extremely well, I always works for me, and I’m also gonna show you guys how to properly store your brushes, because storing your brushes is just as important as washing your brushes too.
The supplies are super easy and extremely inexpensive, I’m gonna use an anti-bacteria dish washing soap and this will actually remove every single thing on your brush. It removes pigments, it removes the oil, it removes the dirt and it also kills the bacteria, so it does all of that in one. The thing is using dish washing soap, its gonna strip the hairs of its natural oils, and its gonna dry out the hair, so you wanna recondition your brush, that’s where Extra Virgin Olive Oil comes in, so I’m gonna show you guys how you can combine these two to make the ultimate brush cleaner.
The reason why I don’t use baby shampoos, because I need it to dis-infect the brush and the reason why I don’t buy those brush cleaners is that they are usually expensive and I’m actually washing my brushes everyday, so it adds up when you are constantly using brush cleansers. So this method is actually more inexpensive.
All right, I’m gonna just take one plate, like this and pour the dish washing soap on the plate, like so, as much is enough. And you want to pour just a little bit of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Source: LYBIO.net So this is what I have right here.
So I’m gonna start off with an eye shadow brush, and this one actually has a lot of pigments in it. What I’m gonna do is stir it up, like this ( In a circular motion ). And then just wipe it back and forth, on your hand. This is actually how oil painters clean their brushes, they just wipe it back and forth on their hands and your removing all the pigments and your actually killing the bacteria. So I’m just gonna leave the brush on a paper towel. I’m going to clean the rest of my brushes. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil, is going to help re-condition, the brushes. You don’t want to dry out your brushes, because that’s gonna ruin them.
See how dirty this brush is ( Eww Dirty ). You see how it’s removing all of the stuff, it’s amazing, so move it like this.
So now you wanna rinse your brushes. And I don’t recommend using hot water, warm water is okay, and make sure you don’t use hot water because it’s gonna damage your brushes, and just do this. (wipe on your hand while water is running through your brushes). See how clean it looks. (Squeeze your brushes). Look at all these clean brushes.
Now that all of your brushes are nice and clean, you just wanna wipe them dry, and just take like a regular paper towel, and blot out the excess water. Source: LYBIO.net So okay, this is the important part, you wanna properly store your brushes, I’ve noticed that some people make a mistake that they are actually drying the brush with the brush hairs standing up. That’s not the best way to dry your brushes, because the water is going to drip, back down and it’s gonna loosen up the glue that’s holding the hair together, and what happens when that starts loosening up, the brush hairs are going to start falling out, and it’s gonna ruin the brushes, and you’re gonna be spending so much money, ruining a perfectly good brush, so it’s very important, make sure you don’t dry your brush (standing up) like this. You want to dry it, upside down. Where the water is gonna come out. Source: LYBIO.net And another reason why you don’t wanna dry it like this (right side up) is because bacteria and dirt is going to fall back on top of the brushes. So if you have it exposed, and standing up like this, (brushes on top and handle on the bottom), it’s going to get contaminated again. You wanna hold it upside down. Hang it upside down like this, and you want to use the brush guard. This is why I use this, take the brush guard and loop it in, and its’ gonna store it, like this, and it’s gonna, keep the shape, and it’s going to keep it covered, so that dirt and bacteria and dust is not going to settle back on the brushes.
Now your probably wondering how am I going to hang it upside down? See I found a way to do this. Remember it’s extremely important to not let your brushes dry on it’s side, like this, ( flat on the table or counter ) because you see the water can still, finds its way to seep back into the far-ell and this will spoil the glue and make the handles swell, ruining the brushes, so remember you want to dry it like this, (brush facing down and handle upwards- upside down). This is where the brush guard plays a really important role. Source: LYBIO.net Take it like this and insert the brush like so. (insert the brush). And have a half an inch of the brush guard sticking out. Taking a glass, any regular glass is fine. Put the brush in upside down, gravity is going to pull moisture away from the far-ell, the glass is going to collect the moisture, keeping your brush extremely dry, and in perfect shape. The water will drain out, and any moisture will come out and its not gonna go back inside, and ruin the brush. You know what I like about the brush guard is that it works on every single brush, if you have a tiny little eye liner, like this, you have, a tiny brush guard that comes along with it, insert it like so, its’ gonna open up and and store it, like that ( tap it in to check if it’s too loose ). Usually you will know if the brush guard is too loose, if you tap it and it moves around, like this. So start like this, see, and its gonna help retain its shape and its going to keep the dirt, and the dust off of it, You see how I have the Stippling brush, insert it like this, see. Pushing it, pushing it, ever so slightly, and you have it like this, so cute.
You want to keep your brushes away from the sun or any heat, let it dry indoors. All right, lets check how our brushes are doing.
Here we have a stippling brush, lets see how it looks, very nice, lets see how this is. Eye shadow brush, and off course the Kabuki brush (Don’t use your hand if it’s not clean to push it out) pushing it down, this is pretty amazing, because it looks brand new. It looks like you just bought this brush.
Left over moisture from the brushes (in the glass). This could of been inside your brushes but, thanks to gravity it pulled it right out. Source: LYBIO.net I recommend cleaning the foundation brush daily, so every-time you use it, clean it. Its because your constantly using it on your face, and you don’t wanna reapply it on your face when its not clean, its going to break you out, its going to put back all the dirt and all the oil, back in your face, I recommend cleaning an eyeshadow brush, like this, maybe, once every time you use a new color, you don’t have to clean it as much as (powder does not trap as much bacteria as fluids) the foundation brush, because this is going on your face, and this (eyeshadow) is going on your eyes. Powder doesn’t trap as much bacteria as liquids, that’s why you wanna constantly clean your foundation brush. See, when it comes to eyeliner brush, like this, I clean it just as much as I clean my foundation brush because anything that’s going to line the eye, the water line, it’s going to trap a lot of bacteria, you don’t wanna put all that back on your eyes, you want to keep your eyeliner as clean as your foundation brush, so constantly clean your eyeliner and your foundation brush, after every use.
This is how I clean the brushes, there is no right or wrong way, in how to clean the brushes, I really trust this method, works extremely well and I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
Alright here is a contest on how to win a brush guard, the one that I was using in my tutorial and I showed how it was extremely important, I like to thank the brush guard for sponsoring this contest, thank you so much, as you can see, you will be winning the variety pack, there is going to be 5 winners, its extremely easy to win, I’m gonna show you the prize, your gonna get the cover for that (eyeshadow brush), a cover for the blush brush, a cover for the foundation brush, and a cover for the powder – kabuki brush, your gonna get six covers, this is the variety pack, what makes it so unique its obviously made out of plastic, and its breathable, you can see that there’s holes in here, you can move it in and out, its kinda like basket weaving, its stretchable, you can clean it, what I do is throw it in hot water and soap and leave it there for like five minutes, remove it, rinse it off, and I use it to store my brushes, and I’ve been using the brush guard, since early 2009, so it works extremely well, and its perfect for traveling and storing your brushes, and you want to preserve the shape and quality of your brushes, and if you don’t want to enter the contest its okay, because the brush guard is extremely inexpensive, its $5.50 and you can get this variety pack, and you can also get one for just shadow, and eyeliner, you can get the foundation pack, and they are all $5.50. Source: LYBIO.net But if you do want to enter the contest, but if you do wanna enter the contest, all you have to do is, say: Enter Me. Its extremely easy, I just wanna make it extremely easy to the point and I will randomly select five winners, and i will ship it out to you, this contest is open world wide, of course, the contest will last one week from now (ends February 11, 2010) and I’ll, announce on my Twitter and Facebook, and I will also make another video to quickly announce the winners. So I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial and contest and I’ll see you on the next tutorial, okay. Bye. (Good luck)
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