The Easiest Way to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Cleaning your makeup brushes must be one of the most tedious parts about doing your makeup, but hey! Sometimes we have to do the dirty job. So in honor of the #newyearnewme bandwagon, I decided to incorporate this super easy brush cleaning routine into my weekly life (which I probably should have done already, but I shamefully confess that I don't wash them as regularly as I should).
Let's begin, shall we?
According to makeup extraordinaire Bobbi Brown, these are the cleaning rules:
Foundation and concealer brushes: Once a week
Eyeshadow brushes: Once every two weeks
Powder, bronzer, blush brushes: Once a month
Now that we know how often we should be cleaning our brushes, I present to you the easiest way to do it. No special products, or groovy mats, or drying racks. NONE!
The 5 Step No-Nonsense Brush Cleaning Party
1. Pick a gentle facial cleanser.
I chose this Neutrogena Naturals one because it doesn't have any sulfates, parabens, petrolatum, dyes or harsh chemicals, which means it'll treat my brushes like the kings (or queens) they are. You can also use baby shampoo or Beauty Blender's, Sephora's or any other cleaner if you like.
2. Pour onto a small plate.
I like using a white plate because it allows me to visually gage the level of cleanliness the brush is achieving. Yes! (Keep on reading to understand this statement.)
3. Dampen your brush.
Try to avoid water from hitting the glue that joins the bristles to the handle, this will only loosen it and ruin your brush. Nobody wants that to happen.
4. Swirl your brush on the plate with cleanser.
This will loosen up the makeup, dirt, bacteria and debris that have accumulated on the bristles of the brush. As you keep going the soap will get dirty. Rinse the dish and repeat the process until the brush is clean.
5. Lay them flat to dry.
Once you're done doing this process for all your makeup brushes, squish the excess water, reshape the bristles with your fingers and lay them flat to dry.
Voilà! Clean brushes for the win!
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