I recently attended a makeup course at the Academy of Freelance Makeup in London and as part of the course, we were given an entire collection of makeup brushes – 28 brushes in all shapes and sizes. It’s an absolute dream, and I love having them all laid out, but they take SO LONG to clean. I probably spent a good hour and a half bent over a sink shampooing each one individually, letting it air dry, before laying out on a towel on a flat surface overnight. And that was every night after the course for three weekends in a row. It’s important to keep your brushes clean for hygiene reasons, particularly if you’re using them on different skins, eyes, lips etc. because of the risk of spreading infection.
It’s lots of admin, particularly considering that I hope to, one day, become a freelance makeup artist, which means I’d be cleaning them every time I did someone’s makeup – I’m sure it’s a big annoyance for makeup artists everywhere.
There are IPAs (stands for Isopropyl alcohol, not to be confused with Indian Pale Ale) that allow you to clean the brushes without water; kind of like the hand sanitisers you can buy but for brushes, but I don’t like the smell and fear they’re too harsh, especially for natural hair brushes.
What should I do?! I CRIED. But LO! My mum came to the rescue with a special January treat to banish the blues – the StylPro makeup brush cleaner by Tom Off Of the Apprentice (season seven if I Google it rightly). It’s pretty pricey at £49.99, but if it saves me an hour and a half a night then I’m laughing.
So, on a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon, I’ve decided to review it. It is AMAZING! Essentially you fit each brush into the ‘spinner’ and dip it in water, but the spinning not only cleans them incredibly efficiently, it also dries them in seconds.
So fast at cleaning the brushes and dries them in a matter of seconds! I reduced my cleaning process from 1.5 hours and an overnight dry on a towel to 20 mins and done.
Doesn’t damage the brush, when you remove them they are a little bit dishevelled but you just smooth them back down and they’re good as new.
Comes with animal-friendly brush cleanser that is paraben, alcohol and sulphate free so good for the environment and skin. According to the packet it’s also infused with Wheatgerm, Grapeseed and Argan oils to ‘gently condition bristles’.
Quite wobbly with the bigger brushes, and it occasionally splashes but I probably need to practice.
Less effective on smaller brushes that have oily makeup on them – like eyeliners – but you just leave them in for longer.
Really can’t fault it enough to give it less that 5 stars out of FIIIIVE. High five, Tom.
You can buy the same StylPro as me, here for £49.99 – look out for some good sales.
I plan to start posting more makeup blogs and making some videos too so I can practice my technique. Now I’m saving so much time cleaning my brushes, I have no excuse.
Watch this space.