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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Hey all! It's Tuesday, and I'm going to share a quick how-to with you guys. I've already admitted to being a makeup junkie. Well, that applies to makeup brushes, as well. Until college, I never really thought about cleaning my makeup brushes. Then stress happened, and I started breaking out. I read somewhere that cleaning your brushes regularly can help if you are prone to acne. It makes sense right? Oils on your face get on your brush, then it sits there and festers (maybe not the best word choice) and you use it again the next day! I've been cleaning my brushes ever since, and have come up with a quick (and cheap!) way of deep cleaning my brushes.

All you need: Baby shampoo, water, and a towel.

So here is how I do it:
1. Collect your brushes, a small towel, and baby shampoo (I've found this to be the most gentle on my brushes). Start by wetting your first brush with lukewarm water, making sure that the brush is always pointing down- you don't want water getting up under the metal casing, it could wear down and pop off.
2. Squirt a dime size amount of shampoo into your hand. Put a bit of water on that.
3. Swirl your wet brush in your hand until all the suds and water are clear of any color. Watch all that nastiness run down the drain... be surprised how dirty they are!
4. Squeeze all of the water out of the brush and reshape the bristles how you want them. I usually squeeze them tight, so they keep their shape better.
5. Lay them flat to dry on your towel. Again, remember to not have them tilted up.
6. Wait overnight for them to dry, and then use your fresh and clean brushes in the morning!
If you are like me, you may need a larger towel. I know, I have a problem.
I hope you all have a wonderful day,


  1. Thanks for the tip. I'll have to give it a try! I am a regular follower, but found this post on New Nostalgia today.

    Krissy @

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Krissy! Hope you have a great day.

  3. Thanks for linking up to this months #ShareTheLoveBlogHop

    Natasha @ Serenity You

  4. I don't wear makeup much and have never cleaned my brushes. But this post made me think that maybe I should. I bet my brushes really need a good cleaning! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at We Made That!

  5. Hi, Tracey! That's exactly what happened to me when I first started cleaning. I probably owned 2-3 brushes. It just feels *nice* to use them when they're clean :) I Hope you give it a try. Thanks for stopping by!

  6. pursebuzz on youtube recently did a diy project where she made a rack to hang your brushes in upside down while they are drying. super cheap and easy. might want to check her out.

  7. Thank you for the suggestion! I am subscribed to pursebuzz but haven't kept up on the videos recently. I will have to got look for that video!



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