Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes + Makeup Brush Cleaner DIY
I have one very dirty little secret when it comes to my beauty routine: I rarely clean my brushes. It's kind of embarrassing to admit. I'm not sure if this makes a difference but I swear I'm not a dirty gross person you guys, I'm just super lazy when it comes to that sort of thing.
I confess that I know that I should clean my brushes (and I'm sure Mandy will chastise me over and over when she reads this). It doesn't come as a surprise to me that dirty brushes contain bacteria which in turn cause breakouts. Cleaning your brushes will not only help clear skin but it will prolong the life of your brush. Using brushes with caked on powders is also just bad beauty practice! A clean brush is going to make applying blush or powder that much easier and smoother.
For the most part, all brush cleaning techniques contain the same or similar ingredients: a mild detergent or shampoo and maybe a conditioning ingredient. Although, there are always variations and tips about what "works best". Of course, the only person who can say what works for you, is, well, you. So here's a round up of some of the makeup brush cleansers and cleaning tips we've come across and an easy DIY cleanser for your brushes.
Cleaning Brush Methods + Tips and Tricks
1. Dishwashing detergent is a staple in many brush washing methods. It's easy because most likely you will have it on hand and it's inexpensive. It's antibacterial and will definitely strip away any dirt. You can also mix detergent with a shampoo (like the ones I'll talk about below!).
2. Toe separators can be used to help keep brushes separate from each other while drying. Or, try air drying them brush side down in a jar.
3. 2-in-1 shampoo is excellent because the shampoo helps to clean away all the yucky stuff but the conditioner helps to soften the brush hairs at the same time.
4. Baby shampoo is milder than regular shampoos making it perfect for washing brushes. What you want is to get rid of all the old makeup and bacteria but still keep the brush hairs hydrated. Baby shampoo does the trick here!
5. Olive oil is an excellent and handy ingredient to have to condition your brushes after washing them.
6. If all else fails, a ready made cleanser may be for you. If you're on the go or a busy makeup artist, it might be a good idea to invest in an easy brush cleanser.
7. Once you've cleaned your brushes, keep them away from all that acne causing bacteria by using a product like Brush Guards.
Tip: It is mostly recommended that you wash your brushes once a month!
DIY Brush Cleanser
This quick recipe is perfect to keep on hand, in a spritzer bottle for cleaning your brushes:
1. 1/4 cup alcohol
2. 1 cup distilled water
3. 1tbsp liquid spray-in conditioner
4. 1/2 tbsp dishwashing liquid
5. 1/2 tbsp. shampoo (try a baby or mild shampoo)
Add all elements into a bottle and mix together.
Are you guys dedicated brush washers? How often do you wash them?
(via youtube.com, thekit.ca, bubzbeauty.com)
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I just rub my brush against a kleenex every once in a while and if the colours rub off right away it needs a cleaning if you have to push or it doesnt show easily then i usually leave it for another couple of uses. When i do clean my brush's i just use simple old 99% alcohol on a paper towel, mix the brush around, and leave it to dry. the alcohol will disinfect it and it drys really fast.
I clean my brushes whenever they look dirty, or whenever I feel paranoid about germs, lol.
THANK YOU! I really need to clean them more often!
Excellent DIY Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes tip, thanks for sharing
I also don't clean my brushes enough. I never thought about using baby shampoo, I will definitely try that
I used to be lazy and buy new brushes (expensive habit). Now I use my daughter's baby shampoo and (I thought I was the only one) use the toe separators to dry them...I also wrap the brush handle with paper towel to soak up any residual water from the cleaning.
Ugh I totally agree with all the ladies here, I don't have enough time to clean my brushes! First of all, I have so many :P And of course, it is so time consuming! I love the idea of spot treating brushes when you're in a pinch to avoid those nasty and unsightly blemishes. When I do have time to fully deep clean them, I almost always have a bottle of baby shampoo besides my sink. It's very conditioning (and less harsh than alcohol), smells amazing, and is inexpensive. Thanks for sharing this!
This couldn't come at a better time! I was just saying today that I needed to clean my brushes!
I brush my brushes on an old hand towel after each use to get off any residue and clean the color off of them as much as possible. I try to clean them every few weeks with face wash. I don't do it as often as I should either. Eco Tools brushes have all held up amazingly well to washing, I have yet to have to replace one.
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