Monday, March 10, 2014

HOW TO | Washing Makeup Brushes + Benjabelle Brush Tree Review [Sunflower]



BRUSH CLEANING 101: I get loads of questions regarding this topic, so I figured it was about time to share all my tips here. Check out all individual steps and product details after the jump!


Every now and then, I will use BeautyBlender's liquid cleanser for my eye brushes. For a proper cleanse, I rely on 2 tablespoons of Palmolive or Dawn Pure dish washing liquids — whichever I have on hand — with a splash of extra virgin olive oil. I add 1/2 cup of water and swirl the mixture together with a clean finger. I then run each brush under running lukewarm water and proceed to dip the stained section of the bristles into the solution. Using a gentle back and forth motion, I 'swish' the brushes in the palm of my hand until the makeup is removed and the water runs clear.

After gently squeezing the excess water from the bristles and wiping them down with a clean towel, I dry the brushes vertically using my Benjabelle Sunflower Tree. Featured today is the largest model, $39.95 USD, which holds 26 brushes total (4 large + 6 medium + 16 small). I will most likely purchase the Original brush tree that holds 14 large brushes, seeing as I own lots of face brushes and tend to wash them all at once. The extra capacity would be helpful, and the trees are incredibly convenient since they are collapsible. I love that the soft silicone grippers are peroxide free and safe to store even Hakuhodo's lacquered handles, as shown here.


The mesh sleeves are from The Brush Guard, which I have mentioned in the past, and they allow the bristles to keep their shape and look as presentable as possible. Do not cover your metal ferrules with the brush guards because they can leave water stains (aka criss-cross imprints) on your beloved tools! The literature from The Brush Guard encourages it, but I have seen and experienced the water damage myself. Hence, I only cover the brush head/bristles.
TIP: I personally find the guards are most helpful for face and blush brushes. When it comes to eyeshadow brushes, I only cover larger blending styles.

Bottom Line: There are multiple cleansing solutions and methods, but I have found this routine works best for me! Have fun experimenting and best of luck finding what works for you xo
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10 comments:

  1. helpful post, Thanks for sharing! xo :)

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  2. I didn't realize something like this existed and usually laid my brushes horizontally after cleaning. Really appreciate the review of the Benjabelle Sunflower Tree.

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    1. That's how I dried my brushes before I discovered the Benjabelle a few months ago! You're welcome :)

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  3. Thank you for this post! I've been looking for something that could hold my brushes vertically while drying. This is perfect! Thank you for sharing!!

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    1. Yes, it's a great space saver as well!

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  4. Wow! I've never seen this brush holder before - didn't even realise something like this existed. Thank you!!

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    1. Yes, it's a very nifty invention! I believe the site will ship internationally as well :)

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  5. Thanks for this helpful post. Definitely putting that brush tree in my wishlist!

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  6. Hi Rae,

    Thanks for sharing this post. I have been looking for an alternative to hold my brushes vertically as I'm currently using a jar and Sigma's Dry N Shape. Great review as always! ^_^

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  7. Hi Rae,
    Thank you for this great review. I always experience challenges in drying the brush. Can you recommend the most appropriate sizes for brush guard for the following brushes: Hakuhodo S103, B0004, G5557, MAC 239 and Shu Uemura Pony 20 blush brush?

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