How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Clean your makeup brushes. Sounds simple, yeah? Recently, a friend of mine commented on Facebook that she had never cleaned her makeup brushes. Never.
While I’m not quite that bad, it did make me think about how often I wash mine.
Not often enough, if I’m being honest. And really, how many of us are guilty of not cleaning makeup brushes often enough? I bet that number is pretty high.
So on a recent trip out, I was stoked to find a silicon makeup brush cleaning mat. Though I had my own technique thus far for cleaning my brushes (basically wash them in my hands and then my hands get all raw from all the soap), I saw one of these a while ago on a website called The Grommet and had been thinking of getting one.
Fortunately, the universe smiled on me and I happened to find one while out shopping.
I’m pretty sure I got this makeup brush cleaning mat at TJ Maxx and I’m pretty sure it was around $4. But you can find them lots of places these days, including drugstores, beauty supply stores, etc.
There are lots of methods by which you can wash your makeup brushes.
Some sites say you should use oil. Some say you should use a gentle baby shampoo, lint free brush, and swirl them around in water. Some companies have even designed a soap specifically for washing makeup brushes.
Personally, I use the simplest method possible.
I take whatever shampoo I have on hand (not my expensive stuff, but I usually have a bottle of something cheaper lying around somewhere). After securing the mat to the bottom of the sink, I wet my brush by gently running it under the faucet. Then, I put a small dollop of shampoo onto the brush, and swirl the brush gently against to mat to get the makeup off. Finally, I rinse the brush and swirl it on a clean area of the mat to get the soap off.
When I rinse the brush, if the water is not running clear I will repeat the steps above until it does.
After I have rinsed all the soap out, I gently squeeze the brush to remove excess water. Finally, I lay the brush down on a clean towel while I finish cleaning the other brushes.
Recently, I discovered a genius hack for drying makeup brushes.
It works wonders. I’ve made a short tutorial video to go along with this post where I show how to hang recently washed makeup brushes from a towel rack with hair elastics. It’s super easy, and then you don’t have makeup brushes lying around your bathroom or kitchen waiting to dry. Check out the video:
Easy peasy, right? Cleaning your makeup brushes is so important for so many reasons. Aside from the obvious you’re putting these against your face and they collect dirt and germs and stuff, there’s also the fact that makeup brushes simply don’t work as well when they’re dirty. Especially if they have months, or even years (ew) of makeup buildup on them.
So yeah, clean your brushes, ‘kay? Great.