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How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Cleaning your makeup brushes is so important for varies reasons. Read on & find out how I clean my makeup brushes. Along with a how to tutorial, you can also call this a DIY.

Trangofthoughts - How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

The most important reason to clean your brushes is because bacteria! When using your brushes, it collects bacteria, oil, dead skin cells, dust, or anything that has clung to your skin. Every time you use your dirty brush you are applying all that bacteria, oil, dead skin cells & dust all over your face when then causes clogged pores. Ain’t nobody got time for clogged pores!

Now, here’s how I clean my makeup brushes:

I have two methods

  • Method 1, I make own little mixture, it’s inexpensive, & you probably already have these items in your house.
    • I use Dawn Antibacterial¬†soap mixed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO). Antibacterial soap is the most important part, it doesn’t have to be apple blossom scented, as long as it’s antibacterial you’re set. Washing your brushes with antibacterial soap is great for removing bacteria & makeup, but it can dry out the hairs of the brush, EVOO will help keep the hairs soft.

Trangofthoughts - How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Step 1: Add antibacterial soap to a bowl & add in some EVOO. I don’t measure it out, but I do add more soap than EVOO.

Step 2: Wet brush with lukewarm water.

Trangofthoughts - How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Step 3: Dip the brush into your soap mixture.

Trangofthoughts - How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Step 4: Using a silicone pot holder, scrub the hairs of the brush onto the ridges. (Pot holders can be bought anywhere, .99 cent store, Target, Walmart, etc.) Sigma also carries a cleaning mat for $25.00. But, you can use a pot holder for way cheaper & get the same results. Basically, all you need are the ridges/pattern. The ridges help to get a deeper clean. If you don’t have a pot holder, you can also just use the palm of your hand to scrub the brush on, but after a few brushes your hand begins to feel a little funny, almost like your palm is raw from the excess scrubbing.

Trangofthoughts - How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Step 5: Rinse. I scrub my brush again during the rinse, to make sure i’ve gotten all the soap out.

Trangofthoughts - How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Step 6: Dry your brush onto a clean towel, removing the excess water.

Trangofthoughts - How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Step 7: Reshape & lay flat to dry. I don’t have any fancy way to dry my brushes, other than laying them flat. NEVER dry your brushes standing up right, the excess water will drip down to the glue & cause the hairs to fall out.

Trangofthoughts - How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Before & After

 

  • Method 2 is a little more pricy, however, it’s a great product.
    • Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner 32oz¬†$39.00 on Amazon. Super easy to use. The best part about Cinema Secrets is that it’s a quick drying cleaner. Literally in a second the brush is dry. *Warning: It may stain brushes blue*

Trangofthoughts - How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Step 1: Place brush into liquid that you’ve already poured into a bowl.

Trangofthoughts - How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Step 2: Swirl around in the cleaner then remove & scrub on a clean towel/napkin.

Trangofthoughts - How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

That’s it! You’re finished, it’s that easy & quick.

Before & After

Method 1 is my favorite because it’s inexpensive. I can use it often & not have to worry about repurchasing for a long time. I love method 2 because of the quick drying, but I reserve it for my smaller brushes or when I need a really quick wash.

I’ve been using method 1 for years & method 2 for a year now, both are great, easy to do & have never failed me.

 

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive compensation if you make a purchase using some of the links.

 

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