Cleaning out your makeup brushes can seem like a chore. I mean, do we really need one more thing to wash? However, the benefits for your skin and your makeup application (hello, flawless eyeshadow!) are well worth the time that it takes to lather up your brushes once a week.
How to clean makeup brushes in 4 easy steps:
A few months ago, I shared 4 ways to clean makeup brushes. However, there’s actually one more way I just found out about from my friend Heather who has all kinds of beauty tips! Here is a way to clean your makeup brushes in 4 easy steps.
You’ll need some paper towels and an equal-ratio mixture of olive oil, water, and antibacterial soap (hand soap and dish soap both work well). The oil will break down the makeup in the brushes and help to condition the bristles, and the soap will sanitize them.
Tip: Keep your mixture in a spray bottle or a small container for easy access.
Spray your brushes, or dip them into your mixture, and then rub the brush into your hand to lather the soap.
Tip: If certain brushes don’t easily come clean, like gel eyeliner brushes or foundation brushes, wash the makeup out with either pure olive oil or makeup remover. Then clean them again with your original soap solution to sanitize them.
Rinse the brushes out with clean water in the sink. Make sure you rinse them well because you don’t want to leave soap to dry in your brushes!
Dry well by laying them out flat. If you try to dry the brushes with the bristles up, water could drain down into the glue that holds the brush together. That could cause your brush to fall apart and nobody wants that!
Tip: After the brushes are completely dry, re-shape fluffy makeup brushes so that they go back to their normal shape.
Washing makeup brushes doesn’t have to be time consuming!
Don’t wash each makeup brush one one at a time; clean them all with the oil mixture and then rinse. Washing and then rinsing them one by one will double the amount of time that you spend cleaning them. And who needs to waste time?!
I like to wash my brushes at night, because the big powder brushes can sometimes take all night to dry. By the next morning, I’ll have clean brushes ready to go for when I put my makeup on.
Since makeup brushes come into contact with our skin and your eyes, clean brushes can help to prevent acne and irritation. That, my friends, is worth the work to keep them clean! If you’re wondering how often to clean makeup brushes, pick a day of the week and stick with it. According to my cleaning schedule, we should clean your makeup brushes at least once a week!