My Easy Makeup Brush Cleaning Guide

I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like cleaning my makeup brushes. There’s not really anything particularly enjoyable about standing at the sink but I begrudgingly did it every week without fail, because there’s nothing worse than using a grimy makeup brush! Until I watched a recommended YouTube video talking about Cinema Secrets, I never thought I’d be talking about easy makeup brush cleaning.

What’s Cinema Secrets Professional Grade Makeup Brush Cleaner?

Magic blue liquid, I hear you say? Well, that’s almost the sum of it! Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner is a liquid, quick dry formula which cleans and conditions your brushes in a manner of seconds. It supposedly has a “pleasant vanilla scent” but I actually think it smells pretty awful, quite honestly and I’m glad that it doesn’t linger after the brushes have dried.

Once you’ve finished cleaning your brushes, they will be dry and ready to use almost instantaneously so this cleaner is particularly great if you’re a bit like me and have a small collection of brushes and need to switch between different shades.

How do I use this magical product?

It’s so easy! I will gather up all of my brushes that I’m cleaning and a small, shallow bowl. I add a very small amount, enough to cover 1/4 of the brush bristles is more than enough and I dip the brush in to it. It’s very important that you don’t over saturate the brush as the liquid creates what’s called a capillary action, which draws the liquid up the bristles to the very top and if you over saturate the brush, the soaked brush doesn’t dry properly and you end up with a crackly, harsh brush.

Once I’ve dipped the brush, I then grab a trusty soft washcloth and softly swirl the brush around. You’ll notice that it’s obvious that there’s product being removed from the brushes. I usually will swipe around for a few seconds until the product residue disappears but I might need to go in for a second dip on particularly dirty brushes, it’s usually my foundation brush that needs the extra special treatment!

I then reshape my brushes and leave to dry on my makeup table. They’re often completely dry within five or so minutes but as I tend to do this on a Friday night, I’ll usually leave them the entire night until I put them back in my brush holder.

So it’s pretty good then?

Absolutely. I now use this to clean my brushes that I use regularly on a weekly basis and I do a deep clean monthly just to make sure my brushes are 100% sanitary and to remove any blue tinges that this product can leave on my white haired brushes. It’s pricey, sure but the giant sized bottle means that it lasts ages. I have just bought the largest sized bottle after it being out of stock on Adore Beauty for a while, and I did have an internal freak out at the $65 price tag, I’m glad I bought it because it will last me ages and I’m able to pop some in a small spray bottle for when I’m travelling for work, which I do quite frequently.

So go, clean your brushes in seconds! You’ll thank me for it later.

How often do you clean your brushes? What do you use? Would you try Cinema Secrets?

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  • Reply
    September 7, 2017 at 4:52 am

    This seems super practical and looks like something I would love!

    • Reply
      September 7, 2017 at 7:00 am

      It’s awesome! Probably one of my favourite beauty buys this year.

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