How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

I don’t think any of us clean our brushes as often as we should – I know I’m guilty of it on many occasions but it isn’t something we should completely ignore. Think of how dirty the brushes get after each use and all we keep doing is reapplying them to our face and better yet, our eye lids. All that bacteria on them…no bueno.

It occurred to me one night that at one point I actually didn’t know we had to wash our brushes and on that note, how to even begin cleaning them. Once I had this thought in my head, it was all I could think about. So naturally, I did what any other girl would do and turned to Pinterest. I begun to research and pin (yes, Pinterest is now considered my “research”) all the different ways to clean my brushes and Beauty Blender. I’ve used numerous cleaning products specifically for brush cleaning but found that out of all the cleansers and such, the way I do it now works best for my little friends and I.

But before you begin to think that I clean my brushes after every use, hold your horses because I don’t. Ain’t no one got time for that let’s be honest, and I unfortunately don’t have an endless supply of brushes either to just “swap” the dirty with the new (although that is one of my small goals in life, lol). So I try to wash my brushes after they’ve had about 3 uses. I feel that for the makeup I use and the little amount that I do, that’s a decent frame. Side note though, I wash my foundation and Beauty Blender after every use, but for all other brushes, once I’ve reached the three use limit, I set time aside to wash them out. Now, what do I use? I use good ol’ dish soap! I personally like Dawn and I make sure that I use the antibacterial one because, well, that’s what we want out. But before I just used Dawn, I did a combo of 2 parts dish soap and 1 part vegetable oil. I kept seeing on Pinterest that it helped keep your bristles soft, but I usually alternate when I use the dish soap and oil, kinda just depends on how I’m feeling that day. Either way though, your brushes come out squeaky clean!

Here’s my brush cleaning process: I get a kitchen plate and begin pouring out the soap in the middle. I give them each a luscious swirl into the soap and place them on the side of the plate. Once they’ve all been dunked and swirled, I like to leave them for about an hour or so to let the antibacterial thing do it’s work. Once time has passed, I begin rinsing them out. This is the most time-consuming part. You want to make sure that all the soap is out of the brushes so that you’re not applying dirt and soap to your face. I used to be afraid to be aggressive with my brushes but over the years I’ve gotten over that feeling and swirl them around until all the suds are gone. The brush will still maintain its shape as long as you dry it that way. Finally, once you begin to see the water run clear with no more soap coming out, the brush is good to be dried. I do this process to to all the brushes, including the BB, and let them dry over night.

Side note: I used to leave them on the kitchen counter but that was driving Shaun nuts so I’ve happily let them dry in the bathroom, lol.

And that’s it! Back in the cupboard they go, ready for the next few rounds. I’ve also heard of people using shampoo to help clean them but I’ve never tried that one although I’m super curious to but just keep forgetting.

How do you clean your brushes, any tips or tricks to share? Maybe I’ll do an update using the shampoo and let you guys know!

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