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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Friday, March 9, 2012 ~ 9:07 a.m.

Hope you all had a great week! My mom has been visiting us this week, which has been a lot of fun...I'm really happy to spend the time with her, since it's been awhile since we last saw one another! She goes home tomorrow, but I already have plans to go and visit her back in California next month.

Since I've worked from home this past year, I've been able to avoid putting on makeup every single day (I think it's a bit tedious sometimes, and it's better for my skin!). However, I do enjoy staying up to date on the best cosmetic products and trends. I think it's fun! As a kid, I used to dance, and so I was always putting tons of makeup on for performances and stuff - purple eyeshadow, glitter, liquid eyeliner, bright red lipstick...the works! Most of which I never wear nowadays; I'm not super daring by any means! One of my friends, who continues to dance today, did my makeup one day using all of her own items, including her own full assortment of makeup brushes. I couldn't believe what a big difference the brushes made in the end result! I ended up getting my own set of brushes last year...I purchased my set of Crown Brushes on Hautelook, and I love them. They can be pretty pricey otherwise! However, there does seem to be a lot of perks to using the brushes instead of your fingertips or cosmetic sponges. More of my makeup actually ends up on my face, instead of in a sponge that I'll soon be throwing away, and I don't go through my (oftentimes pricey) makeup as quickly!

Cleaning your makeup brushes

When it comes to caring for makeup brushes, it seems like most people tend to wash and sanitize their brushes every two or three weeks; while others do it once a week, and some wipe their brushes down with a baby wipe after every use. I have to admit that I'm pretty bad about washing mine regularly...I tend to just do it when I think of it every once in a while =P But I do have a special antibacterial soap that I purchased from Sephora. The small bottle was $6, but I don't go through it very quickly. Since I've started using brushes, I've picked up a few tips and tricks here and there, so I thought I would take some photos when I washed them this time to share with all of you!

How to Properly Clean Your Makeup Brushes

For your smaller brushes - the ones you use for your eyeshadows, lipsticks, eyeliners and such - you'll want to use the makeup cleaner. Like I said, I use the one from Sephora, but I've also heard of people using baby shampoo, or a combination of olive oil and antibacterial soap (the oil makes the soap a bit less abbrasive). I'm not much for eyeshadows, so I just needed to clean my foundation brush this time. Simply place your brush under the running water (make sure it's tepid - not too cold or hot), then put a small drop of cleaner on the brush and use your fingers to gently massage the bristles. It'll work up a little bit of a lather, but be careful not to be too rough with it so the bristles don't fall out! Rinse the brush thoroughly. Sometimes I'll repeat this whole process once or twice more if I feel like it needs it. Once you're done washing your brush, allow it to dry flat on a clean towel or cloth. Make sure that you don't dry your brushes sitting upright...I guess the water can damage the handle of the brush.

Cleaning your makeup brushes

I actually learned this next handy trick to cleaning my larger powder brushes from a facialist. Rather than dealing with rinsing the larger brushes out, try this! Take a small portion of toilet paper, tissue or a paper towel and fold it a couple of times. Add a couple of drops of antibacterial hand gel such as Purel (clear and unscented is best, but I only had a scented bottle from Bath and Body Works at the time) to the tissue. Fold the tissue again one more time just to spread the gel out a little bit, and then reopen it (you only need a little bit of gel to clean the brush). Take the powder brush you would like to clean, and softly rub the bristles against the tissue and antibacterial gel in a circular motion. Then take a second clean folded tissue and rub the excess gel off of the bristles (again, in a circular motion) until the bristles feel dry. Allow the brush to air dry a couple of hours before you put it back into your case.

How to clean your makeup brushes
Cleaning your makeup brushes
How to clean your makeup brushes

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Laurel G (TX)

Mar 10, 2012 11:12 AM

oh this totally reminded me I need to clean mine!

Colleen {Soundtrack To I Do} (Salinas, CA)

Mar 11, 2012 12:45 AM

Great idea for a post! Good info to know. :)

Jennifer (Atlanta)

Mar 12, 2012 8:46 AM

Great Info! I'm not sure why, but this always seemed like such an intimidating task. You did a great job of spelling it out. Now I have no excuse to clean mine!

Stephanie Elizabeth (California)

Mar 12, 2012 8:51 AM

I'm so happy about working from home & not having to wear make-up much anymore as well. But, I too like to keep current with products. I was just searching for something to help with some dark spots that suddenly have made an ugly appearance :-( Alas...I don't think there's anything that will really help that. And I'm right there with you on the cleaning, (and replacing of old makeup), I need to be better about that!

Sarah {A Paper Proposal} (Denver, CO)

Mar 12, 2012 9:51 AM

Hey Stephanie! My mom has been dealing with those spots recently, too, and I know that she uses some creams that she got from the dermatologist that seem to help. She also uses the dark spot corrector from Clinique, if you're looking for something over-the-counter...