Clean Your Brushes!

If you read any beauty expert, they’ll tell you that one of the most important things for beauty is keeping your makeup brushes and tools clean. From all my reading, I’ve heard of everything from cleaning your brushes every. single. day. to every few months. While cleaning them every day would be quite sanitary, most people (including me) just don’t have the time for that. And then only cleaning them every few months isn’t sanitary at all! Just think of all the makeup product and bacteria that can be building up on them.

It seems like once a week should work for most people. My brushes don’t get really dirty in that amount of time, and they shouldn’t, unless you’re using too much concealer and liquid foundation. Then, you should be washing them every 2-3 days. The spread of bacteria can cause skin to start breaking out, and it can make skin also look older because you can’t blend the makeup on properly and it might end up looking caked, even if you don’t use much to start with.

Here’s my favorite way to clean my brushes – it’s so easy and this mix does most of the work for you! You’ll only need your weakest shampoo (you don’t want to strip the color from your brushes), water, a jar, and 5 minutes to set up!

1. Rinse your brushes for a few seconds in warm running water.

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2. Squeeze a small amount of shampoo into your jar, then fill it about 1/3 full of warm water. Put you brushes in (make sure if you have wood handles that they don’t get in the water!) and then leave it overnight.

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See? That was so easy! And it really works, too. Now just wait…

Okay, now it’s the next day.

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I hate to admit this, but I let my brushes go for a few weeks without cleaning them (what was I just talking about earlier?) and this is what the water looked like once I’d let them soak. Just think – now all that is off your brushes and you have nice, clean tools!

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3. Now remove your brushes from the jar and rinse them for a while in running water. (Again, it should be warm, not hot.)

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4. Once your brushes are totally rinsed, dry them off by squeezing them gently in a towel. 

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Here’s a trick if, like mine, your brushes gathered up water in that metal part between the bristles and the handle, and you can’t get it out. You don’t want that to stay in there and ruin your handles.

5. Dump, rinse, and dry out your jar, then stuff a washcloth in the bottom.

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6. Put your brushes in, brush side up. This will allow your brushes to let the water run down the handle and get caught in the washcloth. 

If you didn’t have the problem I mentioned earlier, then just stand up your brushes in the jar without the washcloth, and leave them for at least 24 hours to dry.

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Hey, that wasn’t so bad, was it?  🙂

♥Amara

P.S. Spring is coming upon us soon – are any of you interested in some fashion posts? 😀

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