how to clean your makeup brushes

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Did you know you should clean your makeup brushes at least once a week? As you apply your makeup you spread dirt and oil into the brushes with can lead to buildup and the spread of bacteria. Not only will your skin thank you, you can extend the lifespan of your brushes too. Here are some easy ways to clean your makeup brushes with household items you probably already have on hand:

Antibacterial Soap

Wipe your brushes off with a clean towel or paper towel, then wet your brush heads with lukewarm water. Add a drop of antibacterial soap to each brush and massage it into the brush until it starts to lather up. Rinse off the brushes, lay flat on a towel, and let air dry overnight or at least 6-8 hours. Be sure to only get the bristles wet so you don’t get water in the brush handle or rust any metal on the brush.

Baby Shampoo

Keep your brush bristles extra soft by cleaning them with baby shampoo. The extra gentle formula will keep prevent any damage from accuring while cleaning. Add a little bit of baby shampoo to your wet brushes and swirl the brushes around the palm of your hand until thoroughly coated. Rinse in lukewarm water, squeeze out any extra water from the brush heads, then lay flat overnight.

Olive Oil

For extra stubborn makeup build up, pretreat your brush with a drop of olive oil to the problem area. Massage the oil into the spot until the build up starts to break up. Rinse off then clean your brush as usual.

Hand Sanitizer

If you are feeling super lazy, a drop of hand sanitizer and a paper towel will clean out most of the gunk from your brushes and dry a lot faster.
Cleaning your makeup brushes once a week can help keep your skin healthy and clear of bacteria and extend the life of your brushes. Be sure to wipe down all your brush handles and makeup containers with rubbing alcohol or an antibacterial wipe to completely clean your other makeup tools like your eyelash curler too!

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