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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!



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

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


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