How to Clean your Make Up Brushes

01 March 2017 by Natanja

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  • How to clean your make up brushes easily and efficiently, without expensive products.

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    Good make up brushes are an investment that can last you many years. But in order to keep your brushes lasting as long as possible it is important to maintain them. Taking care of your make up brushes and keeping them clean not only expands their life, but also prevents you from spreading bacteria around in your face which can cause breakouts.

    It was about a year ago that I started getting into make up, a few months before our US/Canada trip. Don’t get me wrong, I have been wearing make up ever since I was a teenager, but my routine didn’t change drastically over the years and was rather quite simple. During our stay in NYC I bought myself the Real Techniques brushes and started practicing using the different brushes.

    Now, half a year later, I am still super content with my brushes and have cleaned them over a dozen times. They still look great, like the first day that I purchased them. While the brushes certainly weren’t expensive, I did see them as an investment and took good care of them from the start.

    Here’s how I maintain my brushes so that the glue does not dissolve and the bristles stay soft and fluffy. Do this every 1-2 weeks.

    First you will need some dirty make up brushes. Here are mine, and as you can see, they definitely need a good scrub!

    Run some warm (not hot!) water and put a pea size portion of soap into your hand. I use a gentle organic soap, but you can also use baby shampoo if you’d like. Whatever kind of soap you use, make sure it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals that could ruin the bristles over time. Then swish the brush around so that the soap lavers. Don’t get the soap all the way to where the bristles are glued. Make sure to avoid that area.

    (Under no circumstances should you ever soak your brushes, this will ruin them.)

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    Then run the brush under water and squeeze out the water. If the brushes are still a little dirty, repeat the process. If they look sparkling clean however, dry them with a clean towel.

    Then get a second small towel and roll it up so that there is an inclination on one side. Let the brushes dry in this position. It is important to let your brushes dry facing down. This protects the glue as well as the handle (especially if you have a wooden handle).

    Let them dry overnight and once they are completely dry you can store them upright again.

    So that is how to keep your brushes clean and smelling good, without using any special equipment. You can certainly buy a special brush soap, a cleansing pad and what not, but if you are new to make up or just want to keep it simple, this is a great way to do it.



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