How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

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I am one of those people who find cleaning their makeup brushes so laborious and I hardly ever do it. I know it is really bad for you skin if you don’t because lingering makeup on brushes can equal nasty germs which can cause those mountains on your face. They say you should give your brushes a really good clean once a week, because any less then you will damage your brushes but any more then makeup will start clogging your brushes up. I took the task today to wash my makeup brushes so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to blog about how I did that.

Firstly I take the brush I wanted to clean (the brushes shown are the Real Technique Core Collection) and run it under warm water. It is best to use warm water because if it is too cold then some of the horrible germs built up in your brush won’t be killed, but too hot and it can damage the hairs in your brush.

I then use a Tea Tree and Mint conditioner. I picked this up from the Co-Op because it was only a pound and I didn’t want to splash out on anything expensive only for my makeup brushes. I don’t use shampoo on my brushes as some shampoos can be quite harsh on the brushes, and using conditioner makeup the brushes super soft! Also I read somewhere that products with Tea Tree in them are really good at killing germs, hence why I picked it up.

I add a dollop of conditioner in my hand and then massage it into the brush. The best way to clean your brushes is if you have a specialized mat or love which you can get, but I don’t have one of them. Instead I just carefully press my brush against the bottom of the sink and rub the dirt out myself, being careful not to misshapen the brush. Then I just simply rinse the shampoo off.

To dry the brushes, I let them dry over night. Some people use a hair drier but this can dry the hairs out on your brush causing them to malt, plus leaving them over night can let them return to their natural shape. Putting them on the towel though means that the water in the brush will be absorbed by the towel so they will dry slightly quicker.

How do you wash your brushes?

Emily Clare

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10 thoughts on “How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

  1. I have the Sigma cleaning mat (or the exact copy of it) and it has changed my life! I now clean my brushes at least once a week since it’s so easy! I use marseille soap and blender cleanser and every once in a while I use organic conditioner on them. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also I have a brush cleaning spray that I use almost daily.

    x Charlotta / http://charlottaeve.com

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  2. I don’t wash my brushes as often as I should either. It’s such a chore! I usually wash with some baby shampoo, just swirling on the back of my hand and running them under the water until they’re clean. It works well but my face might be happier if I did it more often!

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