How to Properly Clean Your Makeup Brushes

by Diana Ajih on August 26, 2008

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How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Ever wonder why your face breaks out when wearing makeup or why your makeup application doesn’t go on evenly? Have you ever considered your makeup brushes as the culprit?

Truth is, makeup brushes can collect lots of dirt, oil, and bacteria after a long period of usage. So, it is essential to frequently wash your brushes so your face can stay clean and healthy. Bacteria is one factor that people should be aware of when using makeup brushes. Bacteria loves to breed in brushes which will eventually cause acne breakouts so cleaning them shouldn’t be taken lightly. You want to maintain a good hygiene to help keep your skin clear so CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES!

Here are a few tips to properly clean your makeup brushes. First you’ll need:

  • Towel
  • All your brushes (eyeshadow, makeup, blush)
  • Shampoo
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  1. First, run all your brushes under the sink faucet in warm water.
  2. Clean them by using a small amount of shampoo, work in a lather, then rinse. (Makeup brushes are made out of hair so shampoo would be a great choice.)
  3. Continue to shampoo and rinse until there’s no more color from the brush.
  4. Make a mixture of vinegar and water in a bowl. 2 parts water and 1 part vinegar.
  5. Dip the brushes in the mixture for a couple of seconds and remove. (This will disinfect the brushes.)
  6. Lastly, place brushes on top of towel and allow them to air dry.

There are other alternatives you can use to clean your brushes. Several inexpensive brush cleaners are available at your nearest beauty stores. They are just as effective and will give your brushes that proper cleaning. I prefer the method above but either one will work. Your brushes should also be cleaned once a week. Doing so will keep your face clear and your makeup looking flawless.

I hope you enjoyed this article on how to properly clean makeup brushes!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

kdgriffin August 27, 2008 at 4:55 am

I’ve often wondered how to properly clean brushes. Thanks for the tip.

kdgriffin August 27, 2008 at 4:55 am

I’ve often wondered how to properly clean brushes. Thanks for the tip.

kdgriffin August 27, 2008 at 4:55 am

I’ve often wondered how to properly clean brushes. Thanks for the tip.

Diana Ajih August 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm

You’re welcome! These tips truly help. I’ve been using this method for over a year now and I have no complaints. :)

Diana Ajih August 27, 2008 at 2:45 pm

You’re welcome! These tips truly help. I’ve been using this method for over a year now and I have no complaints. :)

World traveling artist September 2, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Hi Diana,
I wash my brushes with baby shampoo after every usage… which seem to keep them not only clean but also soft. :)

World traveling artist September 2, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Hi Diana,
I wash my brushes with baby shampoo after every usage… which seem to keep them not only clean but also soft. :)

World traveling artist September 2, 2008 at 11:14 pm

Hi Diana,
I wash my brushes with baby shampoo after every usage… which seem to keep them not only clean but also soft. :)

Diana Ajih September 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Hey. That’s a great idea! I’ll have to try that the next time I wash my brushes.

Diana Ajih September 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Hey. That’s a great idea! I’ll have to try that the next time I wash my brushes.

Diana Ajih September 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Hey. That’s a great idea! I’ll have to try that the next time I wash my brushes.

World traveling artist September 3, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Yes, definitely do try it, baby shampoo rulez! You’ll notice the difference…

World traveling artist September 3, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Yes, definitely do try it, baby shampoo rulez! You’ll notice the difference…

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