How to clean makeup brushes?

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In makeup, we need awesome makeup brushes. A 2016 study, focused on beauty products in salons used by multiple consumers, found that harrowing 100% of the skin and eye products were contaminated with bacteria. Fungus or yeast was also found in 19% of makeup brushes used. It’s crucial to know how to clean makeup brushes, how often to do so, and when it’s time to just throw them the heck out.

We paint, contour and highlight our faces with makeup brushes every day, but we are not frequently clean these brushes. According to dermatologist and makeup artists, we should clean our makeup brushes frequently or replace with new ones for prevention of bacteria that cause breakouts on face.

When the makeup gets old, bacteria can overgrow on the surface of makeup brushes which don’t have antibacterial or antifungal protection.

Here are the steps to clean makeup brushes;

Step 1:

You need;

  • Dirty makeup brushes
  • Dawn anti-bacterial dishwashing soap
  • Olive oil or hair conditioner
  • A plate or bowl
  • Rubber gloves purple
  • Some paper towels

There are dozens of liquid soaps and makeup brush cleansers but Makeup gurus recommend using Dawn dishwashing soap for its powerful degreasing properties.

Step 2:

Pour some liquid soap and other side olive oil on bowl. Swirl your makeup brushes there and some more until to see best results.

Step 3:

Now you actually get rid of grime and dirt, you have to swirl brushes on your palm of your hand. Just swirl and swirl until you fell like you’ve cleaned enough.

After that you repeat step 1 to 3 with all brushes.

Step 4:

Once you’re done cleaning them, it’s a time to rinse them. Only lukewarm water is best to clean or rinse makeup brushes bristles.

Also, make sure that brushes are pointing downward with the bristles at bottom. Never hold the brushes other way, water will go to brush damaging the glue that holds bristles together. No!!! it will destroy precious brushes.

Step 5:

Take a purple spa cleaning glove and wear it and start swirling away. It will really help clean and rinse brushes properly. By the way, you also use this in step 3 because sometimes bristles can hurt your hand.

Step 6:

If you’re done rinsing the brushes, squeeze the bristles to remove excess water. This will make drying easier and faster.

Step 7:

You’re almost done all you have to do is dry the makeup brushes with a paper towel and then let them air dry. Cleaning your makeup brushes will make you feel good and happy. Brushes become soft and new.

The old way of washing brushes with baby shampoo or fairy liquid. This is the best way to get all the makeup residue out of your brushes and leave them super soft and fluffy. After washing and drying, you should then give them a quick swipe with an anti-bacterial cleanser.

Best cleansers:

  • Baby shampoo
  • Ivory soap
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Makeup brushes cleanser
  • Textured cleansing mats

5 DIY household items that can clean your makeup brushes

1. Vinegar + lemon:

Natural cleaning solution, lemon and vinegar is a perfect combination to clean makeup brushes. Mix 2 tbsp of white vinegar into a cup of hot water, dip your brushes, swirl and rinse off with lukewarm water. Then softly rub your brushes with lemon for lemony scent.

2. Dish soap:

Kitchen dish washing soap enough to clean the grime off your kitchenware, so use this for makeup brushes cleaner. Simply wet your makeup brushes with hot water and then add a little dish soap. Rub the brushes against soap and it will remove all dirt. Finish it by rinsing your brushes and then let air dry.

Note: do not submerge the entire brush because it can lose the barrel and cause the bristles to fall out.

3. Baby shampoo:

Simply wet your brushes with lukewarm water, add a little amount of shampoo and rub it in circular motions in plate or bowl to get rid of makeup. Rinse and repeat until makeup brushes looks clean.

4. Olive oil:

Olive oil not only used as cleaning agent, but conditioner also. Submerge the brushes into a small bowl of olive oil and massage it onto a sponge or work it into a bristle. To deep clean brushes even more, whisk together olive oil and shampoo to create your own cleaning concoction.

Note: it’s okay that the brushes barrel goes into olive oil because it will not loosen bristles.

5. Apple cider vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is used in many things, from salad dressing to face toning. It should be no surprise that this household items are used for cleaning makeup brushes. Mix 1 cup lukewarm water and 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar and clean as you would with one lemon + vinegar directions.


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