How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

I don’t mind doing laundry, washing dishes, or even taking care of my babies’ litter box, but for some reason I simply dread cleaning my makeup brushes. Don’t judge–I know you hate it, too! But, the fact of the matter is, cleaning your makeup brushes is just as important to achieving a refined look as buying quality makeup. Aside from being good basic hygiene, cleaning your brushes improves the smoothness with which your makeup goes on and improves your look. Here’s why and how to wash makeup brushes.

Why Should You Clean Your Brushes?

There are plenty of reasons to clean your brushes: bacteria, dirt, debris, oil, and dead skin cells. Yup, using dirty brushes can add these unwanted elements to the skin on your face. That can lead to poor skin and breakouts!

That’s pretty nasty, but if those reasons alone have not motivated you to get those makeup brushes squeaky clean, consider the fact that makeup brushes can’t spread makeup evenly when they’re dirty. Yeah, you’re totally compromising your look when you apply makeup with dirty brushes!

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

There are a few ways how to clean makeup brushes, but here are some of my favorite products that I’ve used:

  • Blendercleanser Liquid Cleanser and its oil, the Blendercleanser Solid scrubby thing are a match made in heaven! This formula is free of Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates. Also, the Blendercleanser Solid is great for traveling (so no excuses not to clean makeup brushes on vacation!)

So, now that you’ve got your materials, here’s my step-by-step guide on how to clean makeup brushes

Step 1. Wet Your Brush

Using cold water, rinse the hairs of your makeup brush. At this point you may be seeing a shower of colors streaming from your brush–it’s halfway clean. You can gently massage the hairs of your makeup brush to get more makeup out. Keep rinsing until the water dripping from the makeup brush runs clear.

Step 2. Add Makeup Brush Cleanser

I’ve already shared my favorite makeup brush cleansers with y’all, and now it’s time to use one! apply the cleanser to your brush as if you were shampooing its hair–I mean, that is what you’re doing, after all. Massage the bristles of the brush with the cleanser on it to distribute it throughout the brush.

Step 3. Rinse Your Brush

Take that soaped up brush and rinse it out! Don’t be alarmed if more makeup washes out, if you haven’t taken the time to clean makeup brushes for a while, there may be a lot of dirt to wash out. Repeat this process until water runs clear when you rinse the brush.

Some Extra Tips on How to Clean Makeup Brushes

  • In addition to this clean-routine, you should use a brush cleaner every time after using your brushes.  These cleaners help to disinfect the hairs of your brushing eliminate makeup directly after use. Simply spray the bristles of your brush and wipe it off.
  • One of the most important things to keep in mind when you clean makeup brushes is to not dry them standing with the hairs pointing upwards. This allows moisture to drip down into the brush, making the piece where the hairs meet the handle looser.
  • Another trick to preserving the integrity of your makeup brushes is to cut an index card into strips and wrap these strips tightly around the hairs of your makeup brushes. Tape the index card (to itself, not to the freshly washed bristles!) so that it stays in place and gently hugs the brush. The hairs of your makeup brushes will dry in their original forms, rather than spreading out and becoming unkempt.
  • You can use a rubber scrubber under the faucet to help rub the makeup off your dirty brush!

And, now that you know how to clean makeup brushes you no longer have an excuse not to do it!

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