Saturday, 5 April 2014

How I Wash My Makeup Brushes

One of my beauty resolutions this year was to get on a more consistent schedule when it comes to washing my makeup brushes. I'm happy to say that I'm pretty proud of myself, and I've been washing my brushes about twice a week - although sometimes I let it go a bit longer. Washing your brushes is so important, as you don't want to be carrying bacteria over day after day. I use the baby shampoo method, as I find it to be the easiest!

Baby Shampoo

I bought the cheapest baby shampoo available, but you can use whatever brand you want. Baby shampoo is a lot gentler than regular shampoo, which means that it won't ruin your brushes. I only ever use synthetic bristles, so I can't comment on how to care for animal hair brushes. 

Dirty Makeup Brush

To start off, I get a little bowl and pour in some baby shampoo. I used to just add a drop of shampoo to each brush as I go, but I find this new method much more efficient. I take a dirty brush, run it under warm water, and then dip it into the baby shampoo. You don't need too much product to get your brush clean, but you do want to create a nice lather. I then take the brush and swirl it on the back of my hand. This creates a good lather, and you can see the product coming off of the brush. I then give the brush a good rinse in warm water, and gently remove any excess water. If you still see colour on your brush, repeat the process. 

Wet Makeup Brush

How I Wash My Makeup Brushes

How I Wash My Makeup Brushes

I tend to wash all of my brushes at once, which means that I need a good drying area. I tend to take a towel and lay it down on any available surface. I lay down my brushes, making sure that brush heads aren't touching each other. I typically wash my brushes at night, and then let them dry all night long. By the time I wake up in the morning, my brushes are dry and ready to use! Make sure that you don't store your wet brushes standing up, as you don't want water getting into the handle. 

Makeup Brushes Drying on Towel

My boyfriend caught my cat Levi hanging out with my brushes! Naughty, but so, so cute!

Cat and Makeup Brushes

Like I said, I try to do this twice per week, as I just can't stand using a dirty brush. Certain brushes do need to be washed more regularly, such as anything that you use on your eyes. I hope you found this post useful, and inspired you to wash your brushes! How often do you wash your makeup brushes? What method do you use? :)

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24 comments:

  1. I too wash my brushes all at the same time lol, I use my facial cleanser for brushes that I used with cream/gel/liquid. With brushes I just use with powder, I use a normal liquid soap.

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    1. It's just so much easier to do them all at once! Oh I would have thought that normal soap would dry out the bristles!

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  2. I definitely need to start washing my brushes more often, thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  3. Haha maybe your cat thinks they are toys for him?

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    1. Haha! I have the brushes drying on the chair that he normally sits in... he must have gotten jealous!

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  4. Good reminder, I need to wash my brushes. My formula is similar... it's baby shampoo plus a few drops of tea tree oil to condition and kill bacteria.

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    1. That's genius to add tea tree oil! Does the tea tree scent linger on your brushes for long?

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  5. I've always used MAC brush cleanser and I am almost on empty as of my Saturday cleaning routine, so I am curious about the baby shampoo (& now the tea tree oil too!). The cost would be much easier - which I love! Do the brushes come out soft? Thanks!

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    1. I love this method because a $3 bottle of shampoo lasts me about a year and a half! Since you're using baby shampoo, it's such a gentle formula that it doesn't strip your brushes, so yes they do stay soft! :)

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  6. I never tried baby shampoo to wash my brushes, I use good old antibacterial soap, it really gets them squeaky clean and I'm sure all the bacteria is killed! :)

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    1. Does that dry out your bristles at all? it's definitely a bonus knowing that the bacteria is completely gone!

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  7. Heehee, I love the kitty shot. Very cute.

    I've used a few different soaps, but right now I'm trying out my H2O+ gel remover -- it's working surprisingly well!

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    1. Thanks! :)
      Oh nice, I'll need to check that one out! :)

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  8. I use baby shampoo too! I really need to wash my brushes ... tonight I will. ;)

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    1. I should wash my brushes again tonight! :)

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  9. Your kitty is like,"Why are all these brushes on MY towel?!"
    I hate brush cleaning, but it's like laundry...it's gotta be done! I use the beautyblender cleanser, but I will take Kalyn's suggestion from before to use Fruits & Passion La Cucina ktichen soap!

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    1. Hehe isn't he cute?
      I know, I need to wash my brushes today and stop putting it off! How do you like the beautyblender cleanser, is it worth it to pick it up?

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  10. I don't wash my brushes nearly often enough. I have an elf brush cleanser for when I do though.

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    1. I've made a point to keep on top of my brush cleaning this year :)

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  11. I really need to wash my brushes!it's been awhile…may go do it now… or tomorrow lol.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Jessica from www.sparklesandglue.com

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