How Clean are Your Makeup Brushes?

Are you cleaning your makeup brushes? (yikes.) Most people don’t or at least don’t clean them as often as they should. I know I’ve been guilty of it on more than one occasion. Cleaning your brushes can be such a chore, especially if you use multiple brushes all the time, like I do. Some people just don’t know how to properly clean and care for their makeup brushes.

Unclean makeup brushes not only transfer bacteria back and forth from your brush to your face, but it can also cause your makeup to go on patchy, uneven, and discolored. You work hard on that makeup look and I know you want it to look it’s best! Consider applying makeup a form of art… which it is. You have to have a clean canvas (your face) to work on, and you need clean brushes too! You wouldn’t paint a canvas with dirty brushes, therefore you shouldn’t apply makeup with dirty brushes.

I thoroughly wash my brushes once a week, unless I have been using them on other people, then I will thoroughly wash them after applying my client’s makeup. I use a makeup brush cleaner mat, warm water, some antibacterial soap (like dial), and baby shampoo. I let warm water run into the sink on the mat and work the water into the bristles of my brush to get the makeup out of it. You need to make sure that you don’t get the base of the bristles too wet because the bristles can come apart. Once majority of the makeup is out of the bristles, put a small amount of antibacterial soap and baby shampoo on the mat. Work your brush bristles around in the soap to fully wash and coat the bristles. The antibacterial soap will obviously get the bacteria out of your brush, while the baby shampoo will not only clean your bristles, it will keep them soft and protect them. After you clean the bristles, rinse them very thoroughly. This usually takes me a while to do, especially with my kabuki brushes. Once they are all the way rinsed, pat them dry with a clean paper towel, and mold the bristles gently back into the shape that they should be. Place them upside down (hanging in some fashion with the bristles facing downward) so water does not collect in the base of the brush, thus ruining your brush. I always hang my brushes upside down with the brush holder that I got for my birthday. These are inexpensive and a great investment to help you care for your brushes.

You can order the brush holder here:

You can order the brush cleaner mat here:

I also have an electric brush cleaner. The Luxe Makeup Brush Cleaner. This makes cleaning your brushes a little more fun! I use this when I don’t have many brushes to clean, or if I’m in a hurry. I don’t feel as if it does the absolute best job at cleaning my brushes like I do by hand, but it does clean them! If you aren’t a big fan of cleaning your brushes, then this can be a quick fix option for you! You can see my video demonstration here:

The Luxe Makeup Brush Cleaner:

How do you clean your brushes, or do you? I hope you start now if you don’t! I know it’s such a tedious task, but your skin and makeup will love you for it! It will keep your face free of added bacteria, and create a more beautiful makeup look for you!

Until next time, take care! XOXO

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