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Cleaning and drying makeup brushes

I wonder if some of you have this problem.  I have a very small bathroom and have like no counter space and no place to leave things out on the sink, etc.  

 

My question is - after you have cleaned your makeup brush or brushes, where do you place them, or how do you get them to dry if your situation is like mine?

 

I read that you can lay them on a towel, with the bristles hanging over the sink bowl to dry.  But I have a shared bathroom, so this wouldn't work! 

 

I know that you are not supposed to stand them up in a container because the water will cause the glue to release the fibers of the brush and also you want to make sure the brush or brushes dry totally (no mold spores, etc).

 

I have a nice container to hold my brushes after they are totally dry but that doesn't help in the drying process.  

 

Thank you for your replies! 

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Re: Cleaning and drying makeup brushes

I think it was @SilleeMee who posted a type of hanging rack to dry brushes. She may post the product again. It looked perfect for what you need. 🙂
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Re: Cleaning and drying makeup brushes

@AngelPuppy1   I always wash my brushes with Purity... As for drying... (this may seem unusual but it works for me ) I lay them across my floor registers.  Now that the heat is on...they dry quickly.  Works just as well when the AC. is on in the summer.  

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Re: Cleaning and drying makeup brushes

I dry mine over the kitchen sink.
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Re: Cleaning and drying makeup brushes

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I hang mine on a clothes drying rack using bag clips. The can also be clipped onto a clothes hanger, and hung somewhere out of the way.

 

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Re: Cleaning and drying makeup brushes

@AngelPuppy1 

 

I lay my brushes across the top of a paper cup....could be on the kitchen window sill out of harm's way.

 

You could use that dry brush holder you described in place of a paper cup.

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Re: Cleaning and drying makeup brushes

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@Natureluvr 

 

I also have a plastic rack with holes for the brushes to hang upside down to dry, that's the best way to dry them.

 

I'm pretty sure I got it at Amazon and it wasn't expensive.

 

I'll look for the info.

 

I can't post a link to an outside retailer, but it was at Amazon.

 

Go there, type in 'makeup brush drying rack', the one I have (and works great), is the first one that comes up, but there are many choices!

 

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Re: Cleaning and drying makeup brushes

I create a hanging rack using a hanger and rubber bands to secure the brushes to the hanger. I hang over the window in my bathroom.

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Re: Cleaning and drying makeup brushes


@Natureluvr wrote:
I think it was @SilleeMee who posted a type of hanging rack to dry brushes. She may post the product again. It looked perfect for what you need. 🙂

I purchased one on Amazon,  as I was tired of having them across my bathroom vanity.  Now they hang in the shower.  So convenient and inexpensive.  Does the trick!

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Re: Cleaning and drying makeup brushes

A while back I bought an expensive set of brushes at a local hair salon. It came with a leather travel case and a lucite brush holder for when you clean them. Unfortunately, after one cleaning with a mild soap (Purity made Simple) the brush heads "fuzzed" out to over double in size, completely mis-shapen. Has anyone tried the IT cosmetic brush spray cleaner? This was a very expensive lesson I don't want to repeat.