how to {clean your makeup brushes}

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I feel like this is an aspect of our makeup routine that is lost on far too many people. The fact of the matter is our makeup brushes are filled with old makeup, dirt, dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria, so cleaning them regularly is essential. A dirty brush can make our makeup application look flawed; it can even lead to breakouts and spread infections. Replacing makeup brushes can get expensive, but with regular maintenance, our brushes can last for years and keep our skin healthy and glowing.

Most brushes should be cleaned once a week. This probably seems monotonous to most people, so my suggestion is to use this time frame as a guide and use your judgement. Brush cleaning really shouldn’t take a long time; it’s the perfect activity while you wait for your scrubbing bubbles to turn white. There are several ways you can clean your makeup brushes:

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Soap & Water    rinse brush under luke warm water, lather soap onto bristles in the palm of your hand (brush always facing down), rinse thoroughly, and allow to dry flat overnight.

Makeup Brush Cleaner    spritz product onto a clean paper towel and gently wipe the brush back and forth and allow to dry on its side for several minutes.

Makeup Brush Cleansing Towelettes    a convenient solution, simply wipe excess makeup off brushes with these wipes from Sally’s Beauty Supply for just $5.99

Be sure to allow your brushes to dry completely before using and always lay wet brushes flat!

For eyeliner brushes, I like to wipe the excess makeup off with my makeup remover after each use. It helps keep the shape and makes these delicate brushes last a long, long time!

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1 Comment

  1. thattallgirl April 24, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    I love cleaning my brushes…it might sound weird but I find it therapeutic 🙂 Soap and water does the trick for me!