Cleaning makeup brushes is a task that everyone avoids, but at the end of the day it is so important that we make ourselves do it. Think of it this way, you wouldn't pour out some foundation, leave it out for weeks and then apply it to your face? Would you? ...Na. So the best thing to do is make it part of your weekly routine. Maybe every Friday night?Or every second Saturday. It really only takes 15-20 mins..... but I guess that depends on how many brushes you have too.
Cleaning makeup brushes is a simple task
and does not require a lot of equipment. You could spend a fortune on brush cleaning solutions and fancy gloves, but there are always cheaper alternatives available. I bought a rubber oven glove in Penneys/Primark for €2. It has ridges on it, and so works the same as other cleansing gloves. Baby shampoo is the best and most affordable option as a cleanser. It breaks down the makeup, but does not contain the harmful chemicals that could damage your brushes.
After your brushes are rinsed with clean water and towel dried, it's a good idea to comb through the hairs to remove any tangles or loose hairs. You can reshape the hairs by hand, however it is better if you can get your hands on some kind of brush holder with elasticated bands to hold the hairs in place. This is one that I got as part of some cheap makeup kit years ago. But, I'm sure if you were creative enough, you could make one of these with some elastic and a board. A potential blog post for a later date maybe..?
Hope these tips were helpful!