Yuck! How To Clean Makeup Brushes




Many of us don’t clean our brushes at all, or nearly as have as much as we should!  Not good!  Our make-up brushes harbor so much bacteria and sometimes even mold.  When your brushes are dirty it doesn’t pick up the pigment in the shadow as well as when you have a clean brush.

In case you didn’t know, the wet brushes for concealer and foundation should be cleaned every 3-4 DAYS, and brushes for dry powders should be washed weekly.  Using baby shampoo or a gentle face wash to clean your brushes is the best and most affordable way to clean them.  Not cleaning weekly can turn into one experiencing breakouts.

If you are in a rush and you can’t bear to use the brush without cleaning it, try using a brush cleaner from Sephora or MAC.  Since you’re not using water and shampoo or face wash, the drying time is much quicker.  This way you can apply the solution to the brush, and then brush the bristles against a paper towel and it should dry it within a few minutes.   If you have an entire day to let your brushes dry opt for the baby shampoo or face wash.  Just put a little of either in the palm of your hand and dampen the brush with warm water.  Then take the brush and swirl it in the palm of your hand until the brush is filled with the shampoo or face wash.  Place the brush under hot or warm water and rinse it until the brush is totally clean.  Repeat until the running water is clear.

I’ve noticed, the hotter the water the better and cleaner the bristles are, especially when they are white.  If you don’t like the idea of using baby shampoo or a gentle face wash, you can purchase brush shampoo from Sephora.

1 Comment

  • Reply October 9, 2013

    Rahkal Shelton

    One thing to keep in mind when washing brushes is NOT to soak them. Often times people place the whole brush in a cup or the sink. Soaking the whole brush has potential to loosen the bristles and glue from the shaft. It is important not to soak brushes but to focus on the bristle.

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