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How To Clean Make Up Brushes💋

I'll be the FIRST to say, I do not clean my make up brushes as often as I probably should....🫢 However, it is VERY important to keep these clean and maintained when you can!! Just think about it, these brushes are going on your face everyday and can build up so much bacteria and grime if you don't keep them clean!!😬

If your face is suddenly breaking out or you makeup is coming out splotchy and uneven, your makeup brushes may need to be the first thing you address!! But I know it can be a hassle, and maybe feel like an annoying task. So today I'm going to talk about the easiest, and quickest way to clean them (without any fancy cleaning products or solutions)!!🥰


My Step-By-Step Brush Cleaning Routine🖌️

Ideally, you should be cleaning your makeup brushes (depending on frequency of use) about every week to a month!! I know it seems like a hassle, but this method will only take you a few minutes!🤩

  1. Prepare Your Tools: Start by gathering any of your dirty makeup brushes, a brush cleanser (or Dawn Dish soap actually works as well!), and a shallow bowl.🥣

  2. Rinse the Bristles: Run the bristles of the brush under lukewarm water! Make sure the water isn't too cold or too hot or it can damage the bristles or dissolve the glue that holds them together!💧

  3. Add Cleanser/Soap: Add a small amount of dish soap (or brush cleaner) straight into the bowl and mix it around!🍥

  4. Swirl and Lather: Gently swirl around the bristles in the bowl of water, using your hands to work up a lather and make sure all the bristles are coated!🫧 OR you can also consider getting one of these makeup mats to lather up brushes and really get in between the bristles!!🤩 It does a phenomenal job of getting all the bacteria and gunk out of the brush!!

  5. Rinse: Once fully lathered, rinse out all the soap in the bristles under lukewarm water again! Make sure it is thoroughly rinsed and no soap remains before moving on!🚰

  6. Squeeze Out Excess Water: Gently squeeze the bristles from the ferrule (the metal part that holds the bristles) toward the tips to remove all the excess water.💧

  7. Lay Flat/Upside Down to Dry: Lay the cleaned brushes on a towel to dry but ensure the bristles are hanging slightly off towel and counter to allow air circulation for them to fully dry!!🧻 OR for best results, you can hang them upside down! Check out this video to see how I've done always it!😉 HOWEVER, do not stand the brushes upright to dry as the water can seep into the base of the brush and weaken the glue that holds it together!

  8. Drying Time: Allow the brushes to air dry completely, which may take several hours (it's best to let them sit out overnight🌃)!! Do not use a hairdryer to speed up the process because the heat can actually damage the bristles!❌

Sponges: The process for cleaning makeup sponges is the same! Rinse under lukewarm water, lather with soap/makeup cleanser, rinse out soap, squeeze excess water, and air dry!!😉


And you're all done!!!🥳 It's as easy as that! It only takes me a few minutes and keeps my brushes looking beautiful and last SO much longer!🤩

Let us know in the comments if you have any other methods you use to clean your brushes!👇

Happy Cleaning💋✨

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