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Learning how to clean your makeup brushes properly can save money and eliminate waste. I used to buy the little disposable makeup brushes and sponges and then toss them when they needed to be replaced. There were times I’d toss a regular makeup brush rather than washing it because I wasn’t sure exactly how to wash it properly. Eventually, I invested in a nicer quality makeup brush, and I didn’t want to throw it away. That meant that I needed to learn the right way to clean it. This post contains affiliate links.
How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Properly
Makeup brushes need to be cleaned to remove old makeup, dirt, bacteria, oils from your skin, and dead skin cells. You don’t want to keep transferring dirt and oil from your face to your makeup brush to your makeup and back again. That can not only cause acne breakouts, it can damage your makeup and make it difficult to apply properly. Taking care of your makeup brush will help your makeup last longer and stop the spread of bacteria.
Ideally, makeup brushes should be cleaned once a week to keep them soft and supple. Learning how to clean your makeup brushes properly means you will be able to extend the life of your brushes. I recommend investing in a quality set of makeup brushes and taking care of them properly to make them last as long as possible. This is the process I use to clean make makeup brushes.
- Wet the hairs of your makeup brush under lukewarm running water gently.
- Using a makeup brush cleaning solution, gently work a lather into the brush. If you’d rather not invest in a makeup brush cleaner, you can use a very mild shampoo instead. If you use shampoo, make sure there is NO conditioner because that can coat the hairs on the brush and ruin it.
- Rinse the suds from the brush with cool water and then repeat until the water runs clear.
- Pat the brush on a paper towel or soft towel to remove excess water. Never rub or press firmly.
- Set the brush bristles up in a glass to allow the brush to dry. Don’t lay the brush flat or lean it against something or the bristles may dry in the wrong shape which will interfere with how your makeup is applied.
- Let the makeup brushes dry completely before you use them again.
I find that this method of cleaning my makeup brushes works best for all different types of makeup brushes whether they are the expensive ones or the ones from the dollar stores. Use care not to get the handle of your makeup brushes wet as that can have an effect on how long the makeup brush lasts. Also, be certain to be gentle when washing your makeup brushes. Washing them too vigorously can cause the bristles of your makeup brush to fall out.
When was the last time that you cleaned your makeup brushes and what method did you use?
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Ellen is a busy mom of a 22-year-old son and 27-year-old daughter. She owns 5 blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes you can feel beautiful at any age and any size. She shares healthy, realistic beauty and fashion information geared toward women over the age of 40. If you’d like to work together, email email@example.com to chat.