How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes




Introduction: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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I've started wearing makeup more often over the past year, and boy has it been a learning experience.

One of the biggest things I've learned is that it's a really good idea to clean your makeup brushes every few weeks. Makeup brushes can get clogged with excess powder or oils from your skin and can even cause breakouts if not washed often enough.

At first I wasn't sure how to clean my makeup brushes, but after a little trial and error I found a good drugstore cleanser for them. I tried more expensive cleaners and some alcohol-based sprays, but face wash eventually won out!

Step 1: What You'll Need:

Annnnnnd that's it.

Step 2: Washing

Wet the brush thoroughly with water and add in a pea sized drop of soap. Massage the wet brush gently with fingers, wetting again if needed.

To rinse, place under a slow running tap or swish in a bowl of water.

Continue to wash and rinse until the water runs clear - if you've never washed your brushes before, this could take a couple tries!

The most important thing here is to be gentle when washing - if you rub the bristles too hard, you can bend them, tangle them, and rip them out.

Step 3: Drying

Once all the makeup is out, squeeze the brush either between your fingers or in the palm of your hand to get out excess water.

Do this again inside a towel to get out a little excess water. Make sure not to rub them or damage the bristles - you don't need to be rough!

Let them dry in a cool, sunny location - I like the window sill in my bathroom. It'll normally take around 24 hours for them to be entirely dry. Make sure not to use them until the middles of the brushes are entirely dry!



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    I always put them in boiling water to make sure all the bacteria are gone :)

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    Baby shampoo is the best! Keep brushes angled down for rinsing. Make sure to reshape while damp, dry flat.

    Do you know if there is anything else that can wash the brushes? Any normal household products I mean. ^_^

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    I've had luck using scent free laundry detergent and also shampoo - those are just a little harder to rinse out. :)

    The cleansers can make the hairs brittle, kind of like washing your own hair in alcohol. I'm not saying that your method is bad, in fact, I quite like it for sterilizing brushes. Every so often, you should shampoo and condition your brushes to keep them in good condition. (Now if they are synthetic brushes and not natural hair, just disregard what I just said)

    Thanks, I too have started wearing makeup a little more. Boy did I need to learn how to clean my brushes!

    I'm a makeup artist & I have a couple of tips -

    - don't hold the brushes upright when they're under the running water, or leave them soak. The water will get into the area where the bristles are so tight that they won't dry fast enough & bacteria will grow. You end up with a moldy brush wiping across your face. Over time, it will also loosen any 'glue' or product that holds the bristles together.

    - If they're natural bristles (real hair), treat them the way you would your own hair. If you use a harsh product, it can damage the bristles. Shampoo is usually okay unless you use something for dandruff!

    We use vinegar at my house (sensitive to chems in otc facewashes) Then just rinse with water and let dry

    Nice tutorial and a much appreciated reminder of the damage we can cause our faces if we neglect the task of cleaning our brushes.