How to Clean Makeup Brushes

12 /02/ 2011 by under: , , ,

If you were to examine your make-up brushes under a microscope, you’d be quite surprised (and likely a little disturbed) by the visual. In addition to old make-up and dead skin cells, your brushes harbor pore-clogging dirt, bacteria and oils. The good news is there’s a simple, inexpensive solution!

Frequent washing of your make-up brushes can keep them (and subsequently your skin) clean, healthy and soft for a long time to come. Below are some tips and pointers from Judith on proper brush care.

How often should I clean my make-up brushes?

In a perfect world…everyday, but none of us live in a perfect world so here are a few basic guidelines:

  • Foundation Brushes – 1x per weekip-powder-brush
  • Powder and Bronzing Brushes – 1x per week
  • Blush Brushes – 1x per week
  • Eyeshadow Brushes – minimum every 3-4 days

How do I clean my make-up brushes?ip-face-brush

  • Step 1: With the brush pointing downward, wet just the hairs under a faucet with warm water with the hairs pointing downwards to prevent water from entering the handle.
  • Step 2: Using a mild shampoo, liquid hand soap, or specially formulated brush soap, massage the soap with your fingers and apply to the hairs from the base to hair tip. With the brush pointing downward, gently squeeze the hairs beginning at the base and moving toward the hair tips over; repeat, adding a little water each time until the water runs clear.
  • Step 3: After the brush is rinsed, brush it slightly while reshaping the brush on a clean paper towel and lay it to dry.
  • Step 4: Let brushes dry completely before using. Dry time will depend on size and density of the brush.

Keeping your make-up brushes in good condition by washing frequently will provide you with years of beautiful makeup application!


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