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How To: Clean Your Makeup Brushes



Hey There Beauty Besties!


Let's talk about something super important in our beauty routines—cleaning our makeup brushes! As a wedding makeup artist, I can't stress enough how crucial it is to keep those brushes in tip-top shape. Not only does it keep your skin happy and healthy, but it also ensures your makeup application is flawless every time. So, let's dive into the why, how, and when of brush cleaning, and get ready to elevate your makeup game! 🌟


Why Clean Your Brushes?

First things first, why is cleaning your brushes so important? Well, here are a few reasons:

  1. Hygiene: Dirty brushes can harbor bacteria, which can lead to breakouts and skin irritation. No thanks!

  2. Performance: Clean brushes work better. They apply makeup more smoothly and help you achieve a more polished look.

  3. Longevity: Taking care of your brushes extends their life, saving you money in the long run.


How Often Should You Clean Your Brushes?

Now, let's talk frequency. Ideally, you should:

  • Foundation and Concealer Brushes: Clean these once a week. These brushes accumulate product and bacteria quickly, so keeping them clean is essential.

  • Eye Brushes: Aim to clean these every two weeks. They don't get as gunky as foundation brushes but still need regular maintenance.

  • Powder Brushes: Once a month is usually sufficient for these.


What You'll Need

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, here are some products you'll need:

  • Gentle Shampoo or Brush Cleanser: Baby shampoo works wonders, but there are also many excellent brush cleansers on the market.

  • Olive Oil: A little olive oil mixed with shampoo helps break down stubborn makeup residue.

  • Lukewarm Water: Avoid hot water as it can damage the bristles.

  • Towel: For drying your brushes.


Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Brushes

  1. Rinse: Start by rinsing your brushes under lukewarm water, bristle-side down. Be careful not to get water into the ferrule (the metal part) as it can loosen the glue and cause bristles to fall out.

  2. Cleanser Mix: In a small bowl, mix a few drops of gentle shampoo or brush cleanser with a bit of olive oil.

  3. Lather Up: Swirl the brush in the mixture, working up a lather. You can also use your palm or a brush cleaning mat to help get the bristles clean.

  4. Rinse Again: Rinse the brush under lukewarm water until the water runs clear.

  5. Gently Squeeze: Gently squeeze out excess water with your fingers or a clean towel.

  6. Shape and Dry: Reshape the brush bristles and lay them flat on a towel to dry. Never dry brushes upright as water can seep into the ferrule and cause damage.


Extra Tips

  • Spot Cleaning: In between deep cleans, use a brush cleaner spray to quickly sanitize and remove surface makeup. It's perfect for those days when you’re in a rush!

  • Storage: Store your brushes in a clean, dry place. Consider using a brush holder or cup to keep them upright and well-ventilated.


There you have it—a complete guide to keeping your makeup brushes clean and your skin happy! Clean brushes are key to a flawless makeup application, and taking the time to care for them will make all the difference on your big day (and every day!).


If you have any questions or need recommendations for brush cleansers, feel free to drop a comment below. If you want to learn more makeup tips and tricks, take a peak at my class schedule! Happy cleaning, and here’s to beautiful, glowing skin!


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