Cleaning Makeup Brushes

Cleaning your makeup brushes is extremely important because dirty brushes can cause acne on your skin. Furthermore, unclean makeup brushes contain a number of nasty oils, dead skin, product buildup and bacteria buildup.

Seeing as how none of us want oils and dead skin being put back on our face, it’s worth going over some of the different ways to clean your makeup brushes.

So here are the ins and outs of cleaning your cosmetic brushes and making them last for years.

Taking Care of your Cosmetic Brushes

makeup brushesOnce a week (or more) you should give your brushes a good wash so they don’t have bacteria-build up, which, as we discussed at the outset, leads to acne breakouts. There are a few different ways to clean and maintain the health of your brushes, including using olive oil and a paper towel, a sponge, or the palm of your hand. After each use of your makeup brushes, wipe them off with an antibacterial wipe; this is best for brushes that come in contact with liquid cosmetics.

It’s ideal to wash your brushes every time you use them, but most of us don’t have time for this. So just make sure you wash all of your makeup brushes at least once a week like we mentioned before. Your eyeliner and eyeshadow brush might need more attention because they come in close contact with your eyes. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to have two foundation brushes so that you can put them into a rotation. This way, you can use one when the other is dirty, and clean them both together once a week.

Cleaning with Olive Oil, Vinegar & Shampoo

Olive Oil

One very effective way to get your makeup brushes clean involves using olive oil.

  1. The first thing you need to do with this method is pour a small amount of olive oil on a paper towel – or whatever you have – and, while using circular motions, rub your bristles in the oil to help break down the product caught inside of your brush.
  2. After you coat the bristles in oil, rinse your hand, and then apply a small dot of shampoo on your palm before continuing to work the soap into the bristles.
  3. Turn your faucet on afterward, and use the water to rinse the soap and oil out of your brush; keep the water from the ferrule by not getting the handle wet.

There are also makeup brush cleansers available for purchase, or you can make your own. You can even skip the olive oil, and just use the shampoo if you’re worried about the oil being left on your bristles.

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