How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

I’m here to talk about a topic today that affects more than just the way you apply your makeup. Yes, we’re going to be talking about taking care of our makeup brushes and sponges by discussing ways to keep them clean and sanitized.

Of course your personalized skincare routine is incredibly important to making sure your skin is being taken care of (Post: How to Properly Apply Your Skincare Routine). However, I think a lot of us tend to forget that skincare doesn’t end after moisturizer or sunscreen. A lot of us wear makeup and, for the most part, apply multiple products with brushes or a beauty sponge. Cleaning your brushes/sponges weekly (yes, I said weekly), is essential to making sure you’re cleaning, sanitizing, and just getting rid of the gunk and bacteria in those bristles. Considering makeup brushes are constantly going from your face, to product, to back on your face, you’re simply causing the spread of bacteria without probably meaning to.

I’ve seen a lot of ways people wash their brushes. I just want to make it very clear that you do not need expensive brand name brush cleaners to wash your brushes. Sure, those sprays and washes are good for a quick daily sanitize, but they aren’t essential. Really, all you need is water, antibacterial dish soap, and some cheap olive oil (and if you’ve got one, which are actually pretty affordable and have become an essential for me, a brush cleaning mat). Together, these act to remove the build up in your brushes while also sanitizing them.

If you don’t believe me, here’s a before and after featuring one of my favorite foundation brushes. The “after” still hasn’t dried completely, but I was too impatient to wait and show you guys how much product this method removed.

How To Achieve These Results:

  1. Pour olive oil, antibacterial dish soap, and water into three separate bowls.
  2. Lightly dunk your brush into the olive oil and massage gently to remove product buildup.
  3. Lightly dunk your brush into the dish soap and massage gently.
  4. Lightly swirl your brush in the water and massage to get the product out of the brush.
  5. Massage the brush or rub the brush on the cleaning mat in light circular motions.
  6. Rinse the brush and repeat as necessary

I have what I consider to be a lot of makeup brushes, so it takes me about 40 minutes to an hour to clean and sanitize all of them.

What method do you use to clean and sanitize your brushes? I’d love to hear it and test it out!

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