How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

16 Mar 2012




If you use makeup brushes, when was the last time you cleaned them? You know how makeup brushes don’t come cheap, the good quality ones cost anywhere between US$15 to US$40 each, so it’s essential that they are well-taken care of. Naturally, after some time these brushes will also become filthy. Very, very filthy.

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Do you really want to have these dirty brushes come in contact with your face? I don’t think so…

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Not only are the brushes expensive to begin with and you want to prolong their use for as long as possible, it’s also important that they are cleaned regularly because they are germs and bacteria central, yo!

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My makeup brushes are from Bare Escentuals and Sephora I.T. collection. (If you remember, I picked up the latter during one of my Sephora sprees in NYC, hee.)

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To tell you the truth, in the past I’d never really cared much about buying a brush cleaner. In fact, I used to think the idea was silly and a waste of money. Boy, how wrong and stupid I was back then! I now use the Well Cared For Brush Cleaner from Bare Escentuals for the care of my makeup brushes. Lemme walk you step by step on how to wash and clean your makeup brushes.

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Step 1: Wet brush under running water.

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Step 2: Squeeze a small amount of the cleaner onto the damp brush.

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Step 3A: Shampoo the brush by massaging it in your palm. Gently, gently. Look at the amount of residual makeup that’s been living in the brush!

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Step 3B: It’s very important to clean brushes that you use for foundation or concealer application. When the makeup brushes are dry, you don’t get to see how much gunk they hold. But look at how much ickiness gets rubbed out when the brushes are wet and shampooed! :0

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Step 4: Rinse under running water. Be horrified at all the leftover makeup being washed away down the drain and say farewell to it.

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Step 5: Keep rinsing until the water runs clear. Again, please do this gently. Don’t smash the brush against the sink otherwise you’ll damage the fine hair.

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Step 6: Don’t forget to also wash the brush handles! Lastly, squeeze out excess water from the brushes and lay them out flat to air-dry. I like to fluff and reshape the brush heads when they are semi-dried, just so that the round puffy shape gets restored.

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Step 7: TA-DAAAHHHHH! :) Cleaned brushes feel soft and fluffy again. They also pick up makeup powders better, giving a more even coverage during application.

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Conclusion: MAKEUP BRUSHES MUST BE CLEANED OFTEN! You and your face will be happy when your brushes are happy. (Read: Less breakouts or blotchy uneven foundation application.)

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