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How To: Clean Makeup Brushes



Today, I am going to show you how to clean your makeup brushes. We paint, contour, and flush our faces with makeup brushes every day, but how often are those brushes being cleaned after the fact? Turns out, not enough.

First of all, how often should you clean your makeup brushes?

Most dermatologists will tell you to soak your tools, especially foundation and concealer brushes, once a week — at minimum — to prevent product buildup. Because these brushes are used on your face, the cleaner, the better,

By cleaning your brushes regularly, you’re going to remove the build-up of old makeup bacteria and dead skin from the bristles. Dirty brushes aren’t going to distribute products onto the face as well as clean ones well, so the application won’t be as good. Dirty brushes accumulate a lot of bacteria, so your skin won’t be looking too peachy either. You’ll be spreading bacteria from your face to your makeup back to your face and so on. But aside from being bad for the skin that product buildup is bad for the brushes too. All that excess makeup is weighing down the bristles and putting pressure on them and over time it can cause the bracelets to snap. So be sure to keep on top of your cleaning.

How to deep clean the brushes?

What you don’t want to do is comb along with your brushes, dump them in the sink, fill the sink up with lukewarm water, and then add in your shampoo and hope for the best. You’ll be surprised just how many people I know have done this. By submerging your brushes in the warm water, you’re allowing the water to seep off the ferrule, and this will cause the glue to break down therefore cause the bristles to fall out. If you wash your brushes this way, eventually you won’t have many brushes to wash if any at all.

1.I start out with a shampoo. For me shampoos are extremely gentle on the brushes and leaves them smelling great. First, I take a blob on the palm of my hand then I just hold the brush onto the top for a couple of seconds, so that the shampoo will lather nicely.

2. Then I swirl my brush onto my palm with the shampoo and once I feel that the bristles are fully coated, I move down to my fingers. My palm sort of worked as the washboard to really work the shampoo in to the bristles. This is to help break down all of that build up product.

3. Next I rinse away the shampoo and you’ll know when your brush is clean if the water isn’t discolored anymore. I use my index finger and thumb to squeeze out any of that access water. This will speed up the cleaning and drying time.

4. If you have been neglecting your brushes and haven’t washed them in a while, or if your brushes are loaded with heavy duty makeup like a full coverage foundation or a waterproof liner, then mix a a little olive oil in with the shampoo and wash the dirty makeup brushes. I find the olive oil on its own a bit heavy, but mixed with shampoo, I find that it’s effective in removing makeup. It’s also great in removing stains from white bristles. Overall, it leaves the brush squeaky clean and the bristles become soft as well. Be sure to rinse well though, so that no residue is left behind.

5. Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.

6. Reshape the natural bristles brush head.

7. Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter, thereby allowing it to dry in the correct shape. Never let your brushes dry on a towel — the bristles can become mildewed.

And there you have it! Your makeup brushes will be as clean a whistle. It’s also worth mentioning that there are specially formulated brush shampoos on the market. A gentle clarifying or baby shampoo will do the trick just fine though. Be sure to pin this post so that you’ll remember how to properly wash clean makeup brushes.