Wednesday, October 9, 2013

HowTo Clean Makeup Brushes

How often do you wash your makeup brushes? If your answer is less than often, I have a few scary facts to share. Brace yourself! 

Makeup build-up on brushes and sponges is bacteria heaven. Using a dirty makeup applicator can cause breakouts and eye infections. Introducing bacteria into a liquid product, or onto the surface of a powder product, can cause contamination. And better yet, With improper care, brush bristles can get damaged and fall out. 

Now, if you're wondering how to clean your brushes, read-on!

I would recommend washing your makeup applicators (brush, sponge, powder puff) Once every two weeks. More often with cream/liquid products, less often (still try for two weeks) with powder products. 

Use warm water and a mild soap to gently, yet thoroughly, wash the makeup out of the brush bristles. 
Leave brushes FLAT to dry, either on the edge of a counter or resting on a towel. Do not sit the brushes upwards when bristles are wet since water getting into the brush core will cause the glue to loosen and bristles  to escape.

Here's how I use a think slice of soap to wash brushes, one option being the Dr. Bronner's bar soaps.

Note: If your makeup products start to take on a funny smell, either give them a good clean or toss and replace. 

Watch my video below on my favourite method of cleaning my makeup brushes using this soap:

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps are available at almost all nutrition/vitamin stores and now at American Apparel, both in bar and liquid form.

Happy makeup-ing!



Megan Joy said...

Nice tutorial! It's always good to wash makeup brushes regularly, and this is yet another great DIY way to do that!

Madeline said...

Thank you, Meghan! It's such a drag to finally do, but the results are very much worth it.

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