While I like using mineral makeup, I don’t like washing my kabuki brushes. I know that I should wash them frequently, like at least twice a month to keep them clean as well as to prevent dead skin and facial oil from building up on the brushes which might make my mineral foundation powder look pasty. But I’m lazy and all in all, I’ve only washed my kabuki brushes a few times.
Instead of using a special makeup brush cleaner, I’ve always washed my kabuki brushes with my son’s old Kodomo baby shampoo and once, even with Kiehl’s Brightening Botanical Facial Cream. While my Lumiere kabuki brush remained soft, I noticed that the bristles on my Erth chrome kabuki brush was getting dry and stiff. And this was one of the reasons I don’t use this brush that often.
Anyway, over the weekend, I remembered to wash my kabuki brushes and decided to use Sukin Botanical Body Wash that I am currently using. I thought that since the body wash contained no Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), I might actually get better results from using it.
And you know what? I was right!
My Lumiere kabuki brush became incredibly soft, even more than it already is and the bristles on my Erth kabuki brush is no longer hard and stiff. I believe the lack of SLS contributed to that because when I evaluated the baby shampoo and facial wash I used before, they both contain that drying agent.
Well, I’m not suggesting that everyone with a kabuki brush go out and purchase Sukin Botanical Body Wash, but whatever you use to wash your brushes, it should be as gentle as possible. In addition, after washing off the minerals from the brush, remember to use your clean fingertips to shape the brush bristles back into shape.
Another tip I picked up from reading the forums is that if you want to keep the shape of your brush, you may want to consider using a clean rubberband to hold the brush together loosely after the wash. And while some have suggested laying it on a towel to dry, I prefer to leave mine standing up to dry to keep the shape from being distorted.
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