How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

 Posted by on February 22, 2011
Feb 222011
 

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Regularly cleaning your makeup brushes is key to healthy skin and a smooth makeup application. Makeup brushes can harbor bacteria and dirt which can lead to breakouts. Makeup brushes also absorb body oils and dead skin cells so they need to be cleaned to preserve the life of the brushes. It is generally recommended that makeup brushes be cleaned after each use, this can be as simple as wiping the brush hairs with a baby wipe. On a weekly basis (especially if you use your tools daily, you should wash them), now while there are many cleaners on the market here’s how to clean your makeup brushes.

  1. Gather all of your used makeup brushes, a clean towel and baby shampoo
  2. Turn on the faucet and allow the water to reach a lukewarm temperature. Run the bristles of the brush under the flowing water. (You may start to see the makeup tinted water.)
  3. Now apply a small amount (a drop or two) of shampoo into the palm of your hand and gently massage the bristles in your palm.
  4. Rinse the bristles until the water runs clear.
  5. Gently squeeze the water out of the brushed from base to tip, lay the brush down on a flat surface and reshape it. (Do not ever use a hair dryer to dry your brushes!)

Lastly do not boil, microwave or use conditioner on your brushes, that will damage them. It’s also best not to dry your brushes in an upright position because the water can seep into the base and loosen the glue that keeps the bristles in place.

So I’m curious, how do you keep your brushes clean?

  4 Responses to “How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes”

  1. Once a week like you’ve mention I shampoo my brushes and air dry. Love how clean it feels when you used it again. Avoiding harmful bacteria that cause breakouts. Thanks for the added tips.:)

  2. […] Wash your brushes. We recently covered the process of proper brush cleaning, but if you’re getting in there. […]

  3. Exactly how I do it…. nice & clean. : )

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