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How to Properly Clean Your Makeup Brushes


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For most of us, makeup brushes are a huge part of our beauty routine.

We use them to apply our foundations and concealers, our eyeshadows and eyeliners, as well as our bronzers, highlighters, and blushes. We use them to blend and to contour. We also use them to apply our lipsticks and glosses. They are truly essential for achieving a flawless look. 

Dermatologists recommend that we should be washing our makeup brushes at least once a week to prevent build up, bacteria, and breakouts on our skin.

We can all probably admit that we are sometimes guilty of neglecting brush washing, but the more I research I do the more I’m learning how incredibly important it is to be cleansing them weekly.

It’s odd to think we are so dedicated to washing our faces every night, but when it comes to cleaning our brushes, it can be such a challenge for most of us to find the time.

In the following instructions, I’m going to be sharing with you my quick, easy, and simple brush cleansing technique. I’m hoping it will inspire your cleansing effort:

  1. Turn on your faucet and wet your makeup brush (bristles in particular) with water.
  2. Choose a gentle cleanser. I like using face wash or a gentle shampoo to cleanse my brushes.
  3. Next, place a drop of soap in the palm of your hand.
  4. In the palm of your hand, gently massage the tips of the wet bristles and the cleanser together in a circular motion.
  5. Once your brushes are soapy, rinse the bristles thoroughly with water.
  6. Squeeze out the excess water with the tips of your fingers, reforming them into their original shape.
  7. I like to take an antibacterial towelette and rub the handles of the brushes just to make sure they are extra clean and sanitized. Be careful not to get the antibacterial solution on the bristles of the brush.
  8. Place your brushes on a towel and let them dry with the bristles hanging off the edge of a counter. They will dry faster and in their correct and original shape by doing this. 
  9. I let my brushes dry overnight for at least 12 hours before I use them again. 

Fun Fact

I recently purchased an electric makeup brush cleaner on Amazon, and I absolutely love it! It speeds things up and thoroughly cleanses my brushes!

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I also love using a cleansing glove when washing my brushes.

And finally, don’t forget to cleanse your beauty blenders and sponges!

Squirt the same facial cleaner or shampoo onto the blender/sponge, squeeze gently while working the soap into a lather, then compress again while rinsing thoroughly with cold to lukewarm water. 

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