Thursday, January 30, 2014

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

First of all, congratulations to STEPHANIE the winner of the giveaway! I've already contacted her and will be sending her stuff soon!! I love having giveaways and can't wait to have some more. And it allowed me to meet some more people, so HELLO new followers! Thank you, thank you, thank you, guys! 

Now.. onto more serious things: cleaning your makeup brushes!  

Washing your brushes should be a regular part of your routine. Every time you use your brushes you're picking up more oil, bacteria, dirt, and of course makeup. The longer you go between cleaning your brushes, the longer all that 'yuck' is breeding in the bristles. Skipping this step can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. Not to mention it keeps your tools in much better condition and allows them to work better. 

Ideally you should do a quick cleaning every day with something like Sephora's Daily Brush Cleaner. Just a quick spritz after each use usually does the job; however, I know this isn't always practical. The most important thing is the deep cleaning. They say you should do this weekly, but I find that it starts to cause my brushes to shed and deteriorate quicker, so I stick to every 10-14 days. (Shh, don't tell!)

I tried a couple different things to clean mine and ended up coming up with my own unique method. I first tried using a shallow bowl full of water but I got really tired of constantly dumping the water, and I went through tons of brush shampoo that way. I eventually quit buying the expensive brush cleaners and this is how I clean my brushes nowadays!

You'll Need: 
- A plate
- A mild dish detergent like Dawn or Baby Shampoo
- A sink
- A towel rack
- Hair bands
(the last 2 are for drying.. you'll see!)

Step 1: Apply a nickle size (or less depending on the brush) drop of cleaner on a plate

Step 2: Wet your brush, the bristles only, with lukewarm water. Try not to get too much water into the ferrule (the metal part that holds the bristles and the handle together) 

Step 3: Swirl your wet brush around in the dish soap/baby shampoo. Make sure you get the cleaner all in the brushes and swirl it all around on the plate. (This is why I like to use a plate because its easier to use without having to dip your entire brush in water) You'll see makeup on the plate until the brush is completely clean.

Step 4: Rinse your brush of all the excess makeup with lukewarm water
Step 5: Rinse all the makeup off your plate.

Step 6: REPEAT! 
* You will more than likely still have makeup and soap in your brush. So I like to swirl a couple more times, rinse, and then add a tiny amount of soap and do it all over again. I would say it takes about 3-4 swirl/rinse cycles until most of the makeup is gone. Of course, it depends on how dirty and how big your brush is. Just be sure that all the soap is gone (you may have to use your hands to rinse the brush one last time and make sure its rinsed completely). You'll know you're done when the water runs completely clean and you don't see any makeup on the plate at all. 

Now is the fun part... Drying! I'd like to think I came up with this idea on my own, but I didn't. I found it on Pinterest. (Speaking of that.. are you following me on Pinterest yet?! Click here!)

Genius, right?! Its really important to dry your makeup brushes upside down because it keeps water from pooling in the ferrule. Like I said above, the ferrule is the metal part that holds the brush-end and the handle together. There is glue in the ferrule that binds everything together, and if you allow water to get in and stay there it can loosen the glue and cause your brush to fall apart. Hanging them upside down also allows them to keep their shape without any flat spots, and lets air circulate all around which makes for even drying. Prior to discovering this method, I was shutting the handles of my brushes in my cabinet doors! It worked okay but I had brushes all over my kitchen that would sometimes fall into food, the sink, etc! 

Grab a couple hair bands, take the towel off your towel bar, and loop your brushes through the band! As you can see I grouped smaller brushes together. I was so excited to find this method and hopefully you'll find it as useful as I did! 

Keep in mind, they do make actual brush shampoos and cleansers, so you could always use one of those instead of the dish soap or baby shampoo.. I just like the cheaper option! 

Have a great day everyone, I hope this was helpful!


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