How-to: Clean Your Makeup Brushes

I’ve got a lot of requests on how to clean your makeup brushes. I have written a similar post before but this one will be more detailed. Professional makeup brushes are an investment and needs to be taken care of – regularly. By regular cleaning your brushes will not only feel softer and last longer, but your skin will also thank you. Makeup brushes needs to be cleaned on a regular basis to remove old makeup, dirt, bacteria, oils and dead skin cells. Dirty brushes can negatively affect the proper application of makeup and can also cause skin problems and possible infection. Those who suffer with acne will greatly benefit from keeping their foundation brushes clean at all times.

So, how often should you clean your brushes? Ideally, everyday. However, as it takes quite a lot of effort most of us doesn’t have time for that so once a week will do. Those who has sensitive skin or acne should try to clean their brushes even more often. I usually try to clean my brushes once or twice a week, I’ll rather pick up a good habit than suffer from eye infections or skin breakouts. I ike to clean my brushes at night so that they are clean and ready for use by the time I wake up.

There are basically two ways to clean your brushes; deep cleaning – which is where you use water and a cleanser/shampoo to give your brushes a deep cleanse, or spot cleaning – which is where you use a specific brush cleanser to quickly clean your brushes without using water. I prefer to deep-clean my brushes (even though it takes a bit longer) and I thought I’d share with you how I do it. I’m sure everybody has their own preferences so I’m not saying this is the best way to clean makeup brushes.

I prefer to use a facial cleanser (gel or foam) or a mild baby shampoo to clean my brushes. I know that there is a lot of girls who use conditioner to clean their brushes, and while this will make their brushes feel much softer, a conditioner is not strong enough to remove dirt and bacteria.

So this is what I do; First, I soak the brush bristles with a little warm water, keeping the brush pointing downwards. Next I squirt a little bit of my cleanser/shampoo on my fingers and apply it to my brushes, from ferrule to hair tips. I rinse and repeat until the water runs clear. I never squeeze the bristles dry because it can misshapen the brush. When all the brushes are clean I lay them down on a towel to dry – remember not to dry them standing up. If you’re in a hurry and don’t have the time to clean your brushes before application, you can wipe them clean with a makeup wipe.

Keeping your brushes in good condition by cleaning them frequently will provide you with years of beautiful makeup application!  Now that’s a great investment!

Hope this was helpful for you guys. Feel free to ask if you have any questions! :)

Hanne Sagstuen

Norwegian New Yorker Hanne Sagstuen a fashion model, art director and editor in chief. Beautylovin is the website where she shares her take on life, travel, beauty and everything in between.

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