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How To: Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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One of the worst things you can do to your face is use makeup brushes that hardly get cleaned. Ever wonder why you get random breakouts or blackheads? Your unclean makeup brushes could be the culprit! It’s important to clean your makeup brushes regularly because makeup brushes tend to harbor A LOT of bacteria, old makeup, dust, etc. Imagine swiping all that on your face every time you use unclean makeup brushes, and then it all rests on your face the entire day until you wash it off at night — lather, rinse, repeat, breakout in acne and blackheads… All this can be prevented just by cleaning your brushes!

It is advisable to clean them at least once a week if you use them daily or frequently. It’s quick and easy, takes about 15 minutes of your time! I usually clean my makeup brushes the day before a day I know I won’t be heading out, to give the brushes time to dry up completely.

There are two methods of cleaning your makeup brushes: 
with olive oil, water and shampoo (for brushes that use liquid, cream, gel makeup)
with water and shampoo (for brushes that use dry makeup)

Below are two diagrams for your reference on how to clean your makeup brushes:

cleaning steps - oil and soap

cleaning steps - soapSee all that disgusting makeup gunk that comes out of your makeup brushes? ICK! 

It is VERY important to note that when washing your brushes, make sure to always clean the brushes with the bristles facing downward and to never let the water go beyond the metal part of the brush (the metal that holds the bristles together), because if the water goes up the handle, it can loosen the glue that holds the bristles and the handle together and come apart (it’s happened to me because I neglected this part of the process), or it can cause the glue that’s holding the bristles of your brush to come apart, thus the bristles falling off (also happened to me).

So, what are you waiting for? Get off your bum and start cleaning those brushes! :)


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  • Reply Camila 7 September 2014 at 1:58 pm

    How do you get them dry?

    • Reply Camie Juan 7 September 2014 at 2:01 pm

      I mentioned it above: “I usually clean my makeup brushes the day before a day I know I won’t be heading out, to give the brushes time to dry up completely.”

      You just leave them to dry, lying flat on a towel or angled in a way where the butt of the brushes are 45 degrees raised.

  • Reply Jeline 7 September 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Ugh I’m so lazy when it comes to cleaning my brushes. I should force myself to take time to clean them now LOL.

  • Reply Alissa 7 September 2014 at 2:21 pm

    This reminds me to clean mine! :) I use shampoo to clean it too. Thanks for the additional tips!

  • Reply Jia Achacruz 8 September 2014 at 7:21 am

    Does this apply for sponges too? I use both a sponge and a brush when applying my foundation. I just hope I remember to clean them regularly! lol

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  • Reply Joice Marinay 9 September 2014 at 10:18 am

    A better alternative to shampoo would be dishwashing liquid since it typically contains anti-bacterial. It’s a good option to those who prefer odorless makeup brushes. ;)
    Btw, loving the new look of your blog. :D

    • Reply Camie Juan 11 September 2014 at 1:55 pm

      Ooooh, good call! I’ll try it next time! I think I’ve used dishwashing soap, the lemon kind. It left a lemon scent. Which I dont mind. Haha

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