Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cleaning makeup brushes

Ok, I'll admit it. I hardly ever clean my makeup brushes. I know. Super gross. I think about it a lot, but don't actually do it. But lately, I keep breaking out on my chin. It's driving me crazy, so maybe this will help prevent future breakouts. And besides, it started grossing me out.

It really is best to thoroughly clean brushes at least once a week, more frequently if needed. They get full of all sorts of gunk such as makeup, body oil, and dead skin cells. Talk about a breeding ground for bacteria. Yuck! I don't want to keep putting that back on my clean face.

I like to pour a small amount of mild dish soap into a littlel bowl. Then I add a few drops of tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and antifungal and really helps get those brushes sanitized. Then each brush gets a dip in the solution, and I swirl the brush around on the palm of my hand and use my fingers to really get in between the bristles. I rinse under running, warm water until the water runs clear and the brush is clean.

Hang your brush to dry with the bristles pointing down or at least slanting downward. You don't want to let it dry with the bristles pointing up because water will cause the glue holding the bristles together to breakdown much faster.

Hopefully, I'm a newly-reformed brush cleaner now :)

How do you clean your makeup brushes?
Or do you?


  1. I wash my face brushes every week for sure and the eye ones, not as often but I clean them all after each use with a little of makeup remover on a wet cotton ball, and just swipe them across a couple of times.

    For my deep cleaning I pour a little olive oil on a paper towel and swirl my brushes on it. The oil will break down all the makeup. Then I use Dawn and water, making sure the metal part does not get wet. Rinse them well, squeeze them dry and reshaping at the same time. I tape them up to a wall upside down to dry.
    After you do it a couple of times and you see how much comes out of them you are motivated to clean them often enough.

  2. Great tips, Belky! I'll have to give the olive oil a try. Your makeup always looks beautiful, too.


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