On the Beauty Front: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

On the Beauty Front: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup until I was 14 or 15 years old, and there was so much I didn’t know then. In fact, years later, there is still so much I likely don’t know. However, I have learned a few things along the way. One of them is the importance of cleaning the tools I use to apply my makeup (and not to share those tools). I remember years ago seeing a friend develop a terrible infection in her eye as a result of unclean brushes; that was my tipping point.

My brushes are now cleaned regularly. And because I think it is an important step, I wanted to share the quick and easy process with you. You don’t need anything special, just a few extra minutes of time; and you should do it at least once a month. Not only is it good for your health, but it is good for the life of your brushes–some of which might be a little pricey.

As your brushes will need a few hours to air dry, I suggest washing them after you have done your makeup for the day.

Here’s what you need:

A small bowl
A lint-free cloth
Gentle shampoo

What to Do:

1. Fill bowl with warm water and shampoo.

2. Dampen your brush under warm water, attempting to reach the brush itself–away from where the hair or synthetic fibers connect to the base.

3. Swirl brush in bowl, gently moving shampoo between fibers to clean them and work up a lather. You will see the lather turning the color of the makeup.

4. Run brush under water, rinsing dirt and makeup free.

5. Repeat as necessary until rinsing water runs clear.

6. Tap on side of sink to shake extra water free, pat with cloth to aid in drying and reshape.

7. Lay brush on cloth to dry flat.

You are all set!  Allow them to dry for a few hours, and you’ll be clean and ready for your next makeup application. Now, there are cleansers and shampoos specifically designed to clean makeup brushes, but I have found a simple gentle shampoo works just brilliantly.


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