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pretty much the same here: Mac Brush Cleanser on a spritz bottle and a tissue every day, and baby shampoo every weekend…

L’Oreal Skin Genesis Gel Cleanser — the same thing I use on my face — If it cleans make-up and dirt off of my skin without stripping or drying and no residue, it can do the same for my brushes

When I am on a job – MAC brush cleanser
After the job & at home – MAC cleanse off oil and Palmolive Antibacterial handwash gel, followed by conditioner

an antibacterial soap + olive oil (a tip i got from michelle phan) for deep cleaning. but for quick spot cleaning, i use mac’s brush cleanser. i put my cleanser in an empty sprizter and i spritz straight onto the brush then wipe it off with a towel. i was wasting so much cleanser by putting the liquid directly onto a towel so i’m glad i came across that tip.

I do the same thing! 🙂 I haven’t heard of many other people doing it though even though I got the tip from MichellePhan as well

The antibacterial soap really dried out some of my brushes. A couple of Sephora brand ones started having terrible hair breakage. I went back to using the Olive Oil first, and baby shampoo afterwards.

FYI, Antibacterial is really a buzzword. If you wash your brushes thoroughly, they will be free of bacteria.

Please take good care of your brushes!!! I almost lost some of mine to this method 🙁

They shouldn’t have been breaking if you were swirling more EVOO than Dawn (or any other antibacterial soap) when you wash them. If you weren’t using a gentle antibacterial (Dawn or Palmolive), the soap might have been too harsh.

Joleen and Dani–I use the same method, but I learned mine in art class years before Michelle did her video. Lots and lots of artists use the method as it’s just cheaper (and smells better) than buying brush cleaner. Brush cleaner for art brushes is notoriously expensive (gallon sizes start at $24.99 and can go up into the $50s!) so most of us use Dawn & EVOO, especially if you paint constantly.

Sephora’s daily brush shampoo. My boyfriend’s sister uses baby body wash & olive oil to clean her brushes though. She said the olive oil helps keep the bristles from becoming dry and brittle.

I would use this technique but the spray bottle is more convenient for me to use since I have a busy schedule.

spot cleaning-mac brush cleanser
deep cleaning-philosophy purity cleanser or bare escentuals brush cleaner

for daily cleansing MAC brush cleaner in a spray bottle. For deep cleaning MAC Cleanse Off Oil (especially for the white bristled brushes) followed by a 2 in 1 shampoo.

I use face cleansing oil. I live in Japan and there’s a lot of cleansing oils here for reasonable price. Not like overpriced Shu Uemura ones.

Baby Shampoo for the big clean ups.
Blush Cleanser for more regular clean ups and for the major stain removals – MAC Cleanse Off Oil

Mac brush cleaner for spot cleaning & palmolive antibacterial soap and Johnson’s & Johnson’s baby shampoo for deep cleaning.

Spot cleaning = Clinique brush cleanser
Deep cleaning = baby shampoo or build-up remover shampoo, depening on how dirty the brush is and what product is on there

I have also been known to use anti-bacterial liquid soap on synthetic brushes

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