Brush Cleaning

I hate dirty makeup brushes and I try to clean mine at least once a week. Not only can they become extremely unhygienic but they also transfer old makeup, germs, and bacteria each time you use them. Dirty brushes can negatively affect the proper application of makeup and can also cause skin problems and possible infection.

So, first of all, there are 2 ways you can clean your brushes: deep cleaning, which is where you use water and a cleanser (gel or foam) to give your brushes a deep cleanse – or spot cleaning, which is where you use a specific brush cleaner 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.

What you’ll need a facial cleanser (foam or gel), a old towel and warm water and the bathroom sink for about 10-15 minutes. Then keep the hot water running at pop each brush under the water, remember to keep the brush pointing down. Then I add a small amount of face wash to the brush bristles and lather up. I rinse the bristles of the brush under running water until the water turns clear. When all the brushes are clean I lay them down on the towel to dry, remember not to dry them standing up. Et voilà, that’s it – very easy!

*While cleaning your makeup brushes make sure you don’t dampen the whole brush or leave brushes soaking in water as it can loosen the glue keeping the bristles in the brush over time.

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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  1. Elizabeth

    Hello Hanne,
    I loved the fact that you clean your make up brushes and realize how important this is to keeping your brushes clean and conditioned so they last a very long time.
    You have to try the best new, natural make up brush cleaner called PAINTER’S SOAP. It’s hand-crafted artist brush cleaning soap especially effective for cleaning and deep conditioning high quality brushes. It has an intoxicating scent and because it’s made with natural ingredients like linseed oil, olive oil and rosebuds it works great as a body and hand soap too. You can purchase the soap directly on the artist website and retailers.

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