First off, I want to thank henryfacebeauty for the inspiration for this post! I was planning on posting this tutorial later on down the road, but it seemed like a great idea after seeing her recent post! I love seeing how every person has their own techniques, and it is so nice to learn from each other! (She puts a few drops of olive oil in with her diluted soap for conditioning!)
Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is VERY important, not only for your skin but your makeup too! Oils from your skin will build up over time which can definitely give you acne. The oil that has built up can then be transferred to your makeup which can create a film overtime. If you have noticed that your cosmetics are not as pigmented as they used to be, it could be the result of you neglecting those beloved makeup brushes! Your makeup is not ruined by the way, you can always scrape off the top layer. Who wants to keep wasting their makeup when that can easily be prevented?
- Dirty makeup brushes
- Baby Shampoo OR Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile Soap
- Warm water
- Clean towel
- Hanging dryer
You do not need to purchase expensive brush cleaners! Baby Shampoo/Dr. Bronner’s works just as well, if not better! The baby shampoo is cheaper than Dr. Bronner’s, but I strongly recommend Bronner’s for personal use! I use it to wash my body, face, hair, hand wash only clothing, makeup brushes, the list really goes on! I have baby mild, which would be most suitable for makeup brushes. I would love to buy more scents eventually though! I use baby shampoo and Dr. Bronner’s interchangeably.
STEP 1: You will want to few a few drops of soap into a shallow cup of warm water.
STEP 2: Swirl your brush into the water.
STEP 3: Take your freshly “swirled” brush and press the bristles to the clean towel.
STEP 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the same brush until the water transfer is clean on the towel. (I usually only need to repeat once- unless it is my lip brush!)
Repeat steps 2-4 with all of your brushes.
STEP 5: Rinse ALL of your soapy brushes in warm water.
STEP 6: Wipe the water off the handles with your towel, and press the bristles into a clean portion of the towel to get the bulk of the water out.
STEP 7: Hang your brushes upside down to dry.
I got this cute little octopus hanger at IKEA for $5! It also comes in red and white. I put a click-through link above on the list of items needed.
It is important to hang your brushes upside down because water could get trapped in the brushes leading to mold/mildew. You don’t want that on your face!
I would suggest to clean your brushes once a week if you wear makeup everyday. I don’t wear makeup everyday (too tired!), so I usually wash mine once every two weeks. Brushes used for liquid foundation should be washed after EVERY use! Beauty blenders (mine is generic) are great for liquid foundation. To clean mine: I dipped it in the soapy water last, squished it at the bottom of the cup repeatedly, then rinsed through with warm water twice. I squeezed as much of the excess water out as I could, then propped it on top of the octopus!
If you do not own any makeup brushes, I HIGHLY suggest ecotools! You can find them at: Target, ULTA, Rite-Aid, Amazon, etc… They are highly affordable and last forever. If you need something cheaper than that, the studio line from ELF is great (black handles).
*I am not affiliated with any of the brands listed above.