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Gel or cream eyeliner brush - cleaning tips?

Started 1275187374.06 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1275257476.523 by angelcat47
I used to use a cake liner years ago and just rinsed the brush with water after use. Bit with the new gels/creams I can't just rinse. I am using MAC Fluidline currently. Do you all clean you liner brush with soap and water after each use, or do you leave it and just wipe it off? I don't want my brush to be ruined, so I've been washing after each use but mornings for me are always rushed and this is a step I wish I could avoid.

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LuvMyBoxer1275188676.291618 PostsRegistered 1/4/2008

Right after applying my m/u, I wipe off my brushes with a baby wipe. I just leave it on the counter and after using eyeliner (for instance), I swipe the brush a few times on the cloth and then put it back in my m/u bag. Works great.

Janelegant1275191984.627892 PostsRegistered 9/2/2007Twinsburg, OH

I wash my liner brush almost every day, right after I use it (I say almost every day b/c some days I don't feel like it so I just wash it the following morning). I just use what ever hand soap I have on the counter. Currently, it's bath and body works antibacterial. HTH

betteb1275192452.41719295 PostsRegistered 1/1/2008The Land of Oz

I use Purity Made Simple to remove my makeup and to wash my brushes..it does a great job. I'm sure and eye makeup remover would work too.

Be careful when you follow the masses. Sometimes the M drops off.

shihtzulov­er1275192685.773469 PostsRegistered 12/5/2006

I just keep a pack of make-up remover wipes (Neutrogenia brand) and wipe off the leftover on the brush after each use. Easy and keeps the brush from drying with the stuff on it. Got the tip from someone on this board..

SilentDance1275212174.39714867 PostsRegistered 10/20/2008Location, location, location!

Sephora's Daily Brush Cleaner

Just spray it directly on brush and wipe it off or spray on tissue and wipe. Works like a charm and the cleaner is inexpensive.


KateBB1275237106.75112 PostsRegistered 11/17/2004

First I wipe off the excess with a corner of a piece of paper towel, then suds it up with an antibacterial foaming hand soap. Then I dry it off a bit with the rest of the torn paper towel and stand up in a cup to dry. Cheap method. For the sake of your brushes, don't use hot water; wet the bristles only and and make sure they're pointing down under the stream of water. This keeps water away from the glue that is holding the brush together.

Tricolor1275238367.6835631 PostsRegistered 4/19/2010Pittsburgh Suburbs

After using my makeup brushes I just wipe on a tissue. However, once a week I use a brush cleaner. The one I love the best is Japonesque sold at Ulta. I pour a small amount of product into a plastic cup and swirl my brushes around. Then I wipe them on an old towel and let sit out until dry. Some brush cleaners require that you use water, and it takes time for the brushes to dry. This dries in a few minutes. The big bottle sells for about $25 which is pricey. So I usually wait to use a coupon with it. Sally's has something in a blue bottle which is about $7 but is a smaller bottle. Have also used this and like it but just prefer a bigger bottle. Also I use as little as possible just so that I can conserve on buying too often.Cool

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maddiecat1275238670.6135916 PostsRegistered 5/24/2006

I wipe my makeup brushes daily with a baby wipe, then once a week I wash them with Purity. I lay the brushes flat on a clean washcloth to dry.

grannyjann­ie1275238709.828724 PostsRegistered 11/17/2006West of the Windy City

I have found that the gel eyeliner brushes MUST be washed after each application. Otherwise, they are stiff and small particles of the product will flake off into your eyes the next time you try to use it.

Cleaning takes about two seconds - run water, put a dab of your liquid hand soap on your fingertip, then rub the brush through it. Rinse. Very quick and easy.

Hopeless Romantic :)

avar1275240069.783763 PostsRegistered 6/20/2007

I like a gel based baby shampoo. I got some at Target that seems to work very well. I'm a little hesitant to use anything harsher on a brush that is used in such close proximity to my eyes.

angelcat471275257476.5232372 PostsRegistered 7/5/2009Midwest

I use a daily brush cleaner by BE;it also works well when you want to change colors during makeup application.Once a month,I use my Wen to give them a good cleaning.

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