How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Hi everyone!

For today’s post, I’m going to tell you about some ways to clean your makeup brushes.

Now, you know how gross makeup brushes can get after using them. You’re getting bits of makeup, oil and dirt trapped between the bristles. Keeping your brushes clean and pristine help extend the life of your brushes, which as we know, brushes are not cheap! It’s important to deep clean your makeup brushes once a week, and it’s easier than you may realize!

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The obvious way to clean your makeup brushes is with a professional makeup brush cleaner. I’ve used the Sephora brand with good results, however, most professional brush cleaners are in the $15 to $20 range, which can get expensive. I prefer the professional cleaners for a quick daily cleanse between makeup applications.

Another way to wash your makeup brushes is my preferred way. You just need your bathroom sink and your choice of liquid dish soap (the gentle kind) or a gentle clarifying shampoo/baby shampoo. Get the brush wet by running under the faucet – use lukewarm water (not hot as it could damage the bristles) and make sure the bristles are at an angle pointing down as getting water under the metal cap could damage the brush as well as the bristles (the bristles are glued to the base and you want to avoid getting the glue wet). Next, apply a bit of dish soap or shampoo and gently massage into the bristles. Rinse well with lukewarm water and pat with a clean hand towel to remove excess moisture. Reshape the brush with your fingers, then place on a dry paper towel and allow the brush to air dry.

A variant of the above method is to use a bar of soap (Dove, Ivory or Olay work the best as they’re the most gentle). After wetting the brush, massage it against the bar of soap to work the suds into the bristles, then again rinse in lukewarm water, pat with a clean hand towel to remove excess water, reshape the brush and place on a paper towel to dry.

Yet another way to clean your makeup brushes is with olive oil. This works great on smaller brushes. The olive oil not only gets your brushes clean, but also conditions the bristles. Submerge the bristles in some oilve oil and massage them against a sponge to remove those caked up bits of product on them. Finish by rinsing with lukewarm water and lay flat to dry.

It takes around 24 hours for brushes to fully dry (never use heat to dry your brushes as the heat can damage the bristles), so if you have more than one of each type of brush, it’s a good idea not to wash them all at once so you can still have brushes to apply your makeup and then wash them after your makeup is applied – and you can use the brushes you washed the day before the next day to apply your makeup!

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed reading!


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