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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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I just started getting into makeup brushes within the past year and using the appropriate makeup brushes for the right products. I've come up with quite the collection over the past few months and use the same ones everyday.

Because of the frequent use, my brushes get dirty very quickly. I always forget to clean them until I start breaking out and can literally feel the excess makeup on my face. A few weeks ago, when I was dealing with prominent breakouts, I knew I needed to take the time to clean my brushes. 

I used my trusty friend Pinterest to find the best washing solution for makeup brushes. The last time I did, I think I used a simple, shampoo but I just wanted to try something different and more cleansing.

I saw a lot of the "recipes" called for using vinegar mixed with dish soap but I really didn't like the thought of using vinegar on something that is going on my face. Maybe that's just me, but it weirded me out. 

Anyways, I found a better but almost equally strange alternative that worked like a dream. 

Mixing equal parts of dish soap (best to use a gentle soap such as Dawn or even the Dawn + Olay) and olive oil is how I cleaned my brushes. After mixing equal parts of each, I took my brushes and dish to the bathroom and got to work:

1. Use warm water, not too hot or too cold.

2. Dip the tip of the brush into the oil and soap mixture, just enough to cover the entire face of the brush.

3. Run your hand under the warm water just enough to wet it throughly and then rub the brush on the wet part of your hand.

4. Once you rub in circular motions enough, you'll see the old makeup come off the brush and the water will run dirty.

5. Repeat that step until you see the water turn clear; rinse the brush lightly, wring out the excess water and leave to dry.

It took my brushes about a day and a half to completely dry. The shape of the brush may be a little distorted but after one use, it should go back to normal.

The process took a little while for me because I had a good amount of brushes to clean, but obviously the smaller brushes didn't take as long. The time it takes will depend on how many brushes you have, how big your brushes are, and how dirty they are.

My brushes were spotless afterwards and I could tell my makeup was applying more color to my face. 

It's recommended that you wash your brushes often (once a week or once every two weeks) but I usually forget or don't have that much time to do so but I am going to be more conscious of how long I go without washing from now on!

Have you tried any different ways to wash your brushes?

See more makeup and lifestyle tips at Briana's blog, Royally Pink!

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