How to clean face painting brushes

First you want to wash the paint off the brushes under a luke warm faucet.  Next you want to use a bar soap, liquid hand soap, baby shampoo or body wash.  Squirt a little soap on your fingers and apply it to the bristles from the ferrule to the bristle tips.  Gently squeeze the bristles from the ferrule to the bristle tips over and over again adding a little water at a time.  Rinse and repeat until the water runs clear.  Make sure when you are rinsing to keep the brushes bristles pointing down, you do not want the water and paint running up the ferrule, that would loosen the glue inside the ferrule and the wooden handle will also start chipping.

After washing your brushes, wipe them off with a clean paper towel and lay them down to dry on their side on a paper towel or a regular towel.  It is also a good idea to reshape the bristles when laying them down to dry.  Never leave them to dry brush hairs up in a brush holder or with the washed brushes in a cup on the bristle tips, this will ruin the bristles.  Lastly, let brushes dry completely before storing them.  Dry time will depend on the brush size and the brushes’ density.  If you handle these brushes with care, they will last a very long time and you will have the pleasure of making beautiful artwork.

Tip:  Alcohol is not an effective sanitizer for brushes and sponges.  It can promote growth of bacteria if used in small amounts.  Any traces of the alcohol left on the brush or sponge can cause pain to sensitive tissue (like the eye area).


Our Sponges are high density sponges with just the right properties for the use of Professional Face and Bodypaint.  Make-up sponges will not work with water based face and bodypaint.  Wash sponges in warm water and air-dry.


Our stencils are specially designed for face and body painting.  We use a durable stencil that will last if you look after your stencil.  To clean your stencil just wet and wash with foamy soap between your fingers.  Once clean just dab it dry with a dry cloth.


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