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OK, I have a confession... I don't clean my makeup brushes as often as I should. But that doesn't mean you should also neglect your makeup brushes. Chance are we could all be a little more disciplined when it comes to cleaning our makeup tools.
You should be aiming to clean your makeup brushes every week -- yes! weekly! Weekly cleanings will not only help you keep the integrity of the brush, but will also keep bacteria at a minimum.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, dirty makeup brushes may cause infection, such as fungal infection, E.coli or a staph infection. Dirty makeup brushes may also cause breakouts (who wants that?)
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES
Step 1: use lukewarm water to get your brushes wet
You can either place the brush under the running faucet or whirl it around in a container with some water. DO NOT submerge your brushes in water. Doing so may loosen the glue holding the bristles together causing them to fall out.
Step 2: Pour makeup brush cleanser onto a textured surface
You can use any textured surface, including the palm of your hand. If you don't have a brush-cleaning silicone mat ,try using your kids' legos or other plastic toy with grooves and ridges.
Step 3: gently Swirl makeup brush on the soap
Swirl your makeup up brush in the cleanser until it is fully coated. You could also massage the cleaners in between the bristles until you create a lather.
Step 4: Rinse with water
Rinse the soapy bristles under clean water to rinse. If the water runs clear, you are done. If not, repeat steps 2 and 3 until the rinsing water is clear.
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Step 5: REmove excess water
Squeeze excess water from the brush by placing the bristles (upside down) between your fingers or using a towel. Be sure to get as much water out without tugging or pulling too much on the bristles.
Step 6: Lay Flat to Dry
Lay your brushes flat on top of a towel to air dry. The brushes will usually take a day to fully dry. I like cleaning them on the weekends so they'll be ready to use for the workweek ahead.
MAKEUP BRUSH CLEANER DIY
Don't have a makeup cleanser on hand? No problem! Chances are you have the ingredients needed to make your own homemade makeup brush cleanser with items in your kitchen.
There are two homemade cleansing options that I recommend. One method is by mixing together 1 cup of water, 1 TBSP of olive oil and 1 TBSP of dish soap in a bowl.
If you're looking for a quicker method, you could use baby shampoo or anti-bacterial soap, like liquid Dial.
CAN YOU USE DAWN DISH SOAP TO CLEAN MAKEUP BRUSHES?
Absolutely! If you're looking to deep clean your makeup brushes, Dawn dish soap is great at removing oils from brushes and sponges. Dawn works just as well as any makeup brush cleanser (and you may already have it in the kitchen!)
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP SPONGES
I recently tested out my makeup cleanser against Dawn, and found that Dawn did a really good job at getting out the makeup.
It's also a great degreaser so I felt like my makeup sponge felt better and cleaner. Simply mix a 2 tsp of Dawn dish soap with about a cup of water. I submerge my sponge and gently massage.
Once it's all soapy, I run it under some lukewarm water and squeeze until all the suds disappear.
This post was all about how to clean your makeup brushes and a step by step guide to get them clean.