April 1992

A weekly cleaning is important for the longevity of make-up brushes, but washing them is a chore. Enter Bill Crosby, maker of Brush Off, a product so hot that major cosmetics companies have been faxing him for information about it. Crosby got the idea for Brush Off (a make-up brush cleaning solution in a pump spray bottle) after learning that women don't clean their brushes-they just buy new ones. Designed for natural bristles, Brush Off contains mild solvents to remove oil and pigments found in make-up. It's squirted directly onto the bristles and then brushed off with a tissue.

Makeup artist have always devised their own methods. Tracie Martyn cleans her brushes in Woolite ("it soften the bristles, she says). Craig Gadson washes his with baby shampoo and lays them on their sides to dry so water won't damage the bristles. And Marie-Josee Lafontaine use mild dishwashing soap; "it removes oil but doesn't hurt the bristles."
Harper's Bazaar

October 1992

"Your makeup brush is probably making you sick." Bacteria get caught in the bristles, where they grow. Then you wipe that mess on your face," says the inventor of Brush Off makeup-brush cleanser. His solution, which dries in minutes, was bought by Chanel, which will use it in makeovers; another multi billion dollar cosmetics concern is testing it on the West Coast."

April 1994

"As often as you use them", according to some fastidious experts. Frequent cleanings prevent bacterial build-up (a potential cause for breakouts), ensure even color application and extend brush life. Unfortunately, very few women ever find the time to clean their make-up brushes.

But some new spray on cleaners (quick-drying, anti-microbial solvents), could change all that. A welcome alternative to the traditional soak-rinse-dry-overnight method, they do the job with just a spritz and a wipe. Their convenience has made them a favorite at makeup counters, in television studios and behind the scenes at fashion shows." Two to try: Trish McEvoy's Makeup Brush Cleanser and Crosby & Company's Brush Off."

September 1994

"Can we get personal? Are you using dirty makeup brushes on your pristine skin? If cleaning them isn't at the top of your priority list, you can get the job done fast: With liquid brush cleaners-mild detergents in spray bottles. A quick spritz-and-wipe is all that's involved. Use often to avoid makeup and bacteria buildup. To try: Brush Off Makeup Brush Cleanser; Trish McEvoy Makeup Brush Cleanser; Shu Uemura Brush Cleaner"

October 1994

This tiny bottle (Brush Off's 2 oz.) cleans a hundred make-up brushes. Just spritz on and brush off with a tissue.

April 1995

"Once you have the proper gear, you have to make sure it stays pristine. Your makeup, and your skin, will thank you. Do a once a week brush cleaning with mild shampoo or cleanser. - Between washings try a spray cleaner (Brush Off Makeup Brush Cleanser does a good job)" Cotton swabs are throwaways; "So are sponges, if you buy the cheapies." Change lash-curler pads as soon as they are worn or dirty."

December 1995
Qestion: I've heard that not washing your makeup brushes can cause your skin to break out. Is this true?

Answer: Oil from your face and old makeup can get trapped in the bristles of your brushes and cause bacteria to grow, which can lead to breakouts. The best way to clean; wash makeup brushes once a month by lathering wet bristles with a brush cleaner (Beauty Secrets Brush Cleaner) or a bit of baby shampoo. Rinse brushes well and allow them to dry standing up (use a blow dryer to speed thins up). If your brushes have wooden handles, let them dry flat on a towel (leaving them vertical can cause moisture to leak into the handles and lead to warping) or use a spray-on product (like Brush Off) that can be applied directly to the bristles and then wiped off. Don't share makeup brushes (or makeup) with friends; anything that touches your skin, eyes or lips can spread bacteria.

December 1996

"Tricia Sawyer, the makeup artist responsible for Sharon Stone's well-maintained face, washes her brushes after every job. But like a lot of things in Tinseltown, that's a little excessive and unrealistic. Once a week is fine according to the experts. Some makeup artists, like those behind Estee Lauder counters, use Brush Off spray on cleanser. Others suggest washing with any mild soap. New York makeup pro Bobbi Brown cleans her natural bristles with Dr. Bonner's Peppermint Soap, rinses them, reshapes them with her fingers, and lets them air dry hanging off the edge of a surface. "If you lay them on a towel, they get that mildewy smell and bacteria, which can irritate skin." She says. Some dermatologists are less stringent. Ellen Gendler, who practices in New York, doesn't think washing is critical. She stores her own brushes in a closed bag an buys new ones when they lose their shape.

September 1999

Oils from skin and dust adhere to brushes and can cause breakouts,"according to makeup artist Lizbeth Williamson, who paints the faces of Jennifer Jason Leigh and Christina Applegate."Cleaning your brushes regularly helps avoid problems." Williamson bathes her own brushes monthly in a non-toxic, oil-absorbing solvent like Dr. Bronner's Pure-Castile Soap ($5.50; at drugstores), then allows them to dry overnight. A quicker alternative is Bill Crosby's Brush Off ($9), a spray-on solution that is applied directly to the bristles and wiped down with a tissue. Crosby advises using it weekly.

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