I don't know about you but when I put makeup in my makeup bag to travel with I have to take brushes, I try as much as I can to take cream products but for eyeshadows, powder and bronzer I really need to take brushes. The problem I find is that the makeup bags are often not long enough and if they are sometimes the brush hair gets caught in the zip which is not only a pain it can be really damaging and if you have spent a lot of money on brushes such as Mac or Bobbi Brown ones you really want to look after them properly.
Enter the brush guard! Basically I look at these and think "why didn't I come up with that"? According to their website it's a "stretchable, breathable tube which slides over a brush handle onto the bristles". This compacts the bristles and protects them so they can't get caught on anything and makes it so much easier to store your brushes when travelling or if you keep them in a brush roll.
Apparently you can also put these on after you have washes your brushes so that they dry in the correct shape which is really good, I hate when they look missshapen after you wash them. Al you need to do is slide the corresponding sized brush guard over the handle and down towards the bristles, obviously you don't do this the other way round as it might rip out the bristles.
Start off like this then
Voila! They only cost around £5.00 for a pack
I got my brush guards from ebay store Ultimate Beauty Gems which is my favourite makeup shop on ebay And Ria from Ultimate Beauty Gems is the only authorised UK seller of these Brush Guards in the UK! I have the variety set which includes: 1x shadow, 1x blush, 1x foundation and 1x kabuki protector and I think this is perfect as that's the amount of brushes I would probably take on a holiday or business trip.
You can find more information about them on the item listing at ultimate beauty gems and there is also an instructional video although I doubt you would need to watch it to be honest its easy to use!