When is the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?
If you are like me, this is something that gets pushed down your to-do list.
I make the time to clean my face, but then use a dirty makeup brush – one that is covered in weeks worth of makeup residue & oil from my skin – and put it on my nice clean face.
Cleaning your makeup brushes is quick and easy (5-10 minutes) and is an essential part of keeping bacteria and other blemish-causing nastiness off your pretty face.
Are you now sufficiently grossed out to get started on cleaning your makeup brushes with me? Yes? Let’s go!
What you will need:
Dirty makeup brushes
Liquid Soap (Gentle is best. I used Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. Baby shampoo, face wash or dish soap work too.)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (this helps to break down the oils and condition your brushes. It’s also safe for your skin.)
Clothes Hanger (one with a lower bar across the bottom, for hanging the brushes to dry.)
Rubber bands (for hanging the brushes to dry)
24 hours for the brushes to dry. Yours may take less time, but it’s good to estimate big.
Ready? Let’s Get Those Brushes Clean!
- Mix soap and a little of the olive oil on the plate.
- Dip your brush in the soap/olive oil mixture. (Try to avoid where the brush meets the handle. The glue that holds the brush together can come apart if it gets wet.)
- Gently rub your brush on the palm of your hand to start cleaning it. Look at all that makeup residue!
- Run the brush under warm water until the water runs clear. Try to not get the base of the brush wet.
- Really dirty brush? Repeat steps 3 & 4.
- Use the rubber bands to tie the brush handles to the hanger. Hang the hanger on your shower curtain rod and let them drip dry, brush side down. Alternatively, you can lay them on a towel with the brush ends hanging over the sink. (Brushes should be dried upside down (best) or laying on their sides. Never dry them brush side up. Again, we don’t want to get that glue wet.)
That’s it! Nicely done. Give yourself a gold star for taking care of this essential and often overlooked task.
Bonus points: If you have a carrying case or makeup bag for your brushes, take a moment to clean it as well. No sense putting your nice clean brushes in a dirty bag. The same soap/olive oil mixture and a damp cloth works great.
(photo by Sodanie Chea)
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