How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Hello again,

I feel like a hypocrite for telling other people how to clean there makeup brushes and that they should remember to clean them regularly. I am AWFUL at remembering to clean mine. I know it’s disgusting. I’m ashamed. Moving on…

By now, I’m sure that everyone who uses brushes knows the importance of cleaning them. Think of all the makeup that builds up in the brushes and then think of the bacteria that can build up in the brushes. Ew.

I either use a baby shampoo or some other cleansing product to clean my brushes. This basically means that I use anything that will kill bacteria and leave my brushes with a pleasant smell.

Before (ew!)

Anyway, here’s what I do:

Rinse the head of the makeup brushes under lukewarm water. I avoid wetting the handle of the brushes because I don’t want to ruin them by washing out the glue that sticks the brush to it.

Mix the cleaning product into a bowl of warm water. This time I’m using a Nivea product because it smells nice and is designed to be soft on the skin. If it’s good enough for my skin then it’s good enough for my brushes. I don’t know why I’m acting like I have such an emotional attachment to my brushes – I don’t.

If some of your brushes are especially dirty, like my foundation and concealer brushes, you may need to put some product directly onto the brush and lather it in until it properly cleans them.

Rinse out the product and watch all of your built up makeup flood your sink. Not a pleasant sight, especially when you think about the fact that it’s the same gross makeup that you’ve been rubbing onto your face…

Repeat until your brushes regain their natural colour and until makeup stops coming out of your brushes – this could take a while if your brushes are as dirty as mine were.

Rinse the product out thoroughly – you don’t need baby shampoo all over your face next time you apply your makeup. Don’t waste your time by not washing them properly because you’ll only have to go and wash them again.

Lightly dab the wet brushes with a towel of some variety – be careful not to be too rough as you’ll mess up the shape of the brush and could end up pulling them apart. By this point they don’t need to be dry, just not dripping wet.

Leave the brushes to air dry.

After (yay!)

Thank you for reading!

Let me know how you clean your makeup brushes and which products you use to clean them.

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Bye for now,

Courteney x


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