Cleaning your makeup brushes is so important when it comes to preventing breakouts and preventing the spreading of bacteria. If you share any makeup products or tools, it is crucial to keep them clean and sanitized. Even if you are the only ones using your brushes, cleaning them a few times a month is a really good idea. The process can be a pain, but it is so worth it. If you keep having breakouts and can’t figure out why, ask yourself when the last time you cleaned your brushes was. If the answer is “never”, we’ve just solved your problem. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to scrub (and hopefully you don’t have as many brushes as me).
What You Will Need
- Paper towels
- Dish soap
- Antibacterial hand soap
- Olive Oil
- Rubbing alcohol
- 2 small plastic bowls
- Cotton pads
- Rubber textured mat (I used a coaster – but many different things would work)
- Get together all your dirty brushes. (These are only a few of mine)
- Pour some dish soap into one of the small plastic bowls. Dish soap is a gentle cleanser that won’t damage your bristles. Some people like to use shampoo, but dish soap is what I like best.
- Next, add a few pumps of antibacterial hand soap. I don’t add as much of this soap as the dish soap because it is harsher. However, it is necessary in order to sanitize your brushes. It is the small pink section of soap in the picture below.
- Next, add just a small amount of olive oil to the mixture. This will help condition your brush and make the bristles nice and soft. The olive oil is the clear section on the right of the container bottom in the picture below. Mix it all together.
- Fill up the other plastic container with warm water and you’re ready to begin cleaning.
- Take one dirty brush and dip it into the bowl of water. During this whole process, you want to try and avoid getting water in the area where the metal piece of the brush meets the wooden handle of the brush. If water gets into this seem, it can break apart the glue that holds the brush together and can separate the metal piece from the wooden piece.
- Dip the now wet brush into the soapy mixture and swirl around.
- Grab your rubber textured mat and begin swirling the brush around. It will begin to become very sudsy. Keep swirling to get all of the product out of your brush. Run the bristles under a running faucet and swirl bristles on the pad again. Repeat until the brush is clean. I like to massage the bristles under the running water at the very end, and then squeeze the excess water out to help speed up the drying process.
- Place on paper towel and allow 24 hours to dry.
- Once all your bristles have been deeply cleansed, it is important to remember to disinfect the handle as well. Pour some rubbing alcohol onto a cotton pad and run it along the handle of the brush. We often forget that product and dirt can cling to this area of the brush as well.
This is how much dirt I got off of the brushes I washed today. Gross!
Here is a before and after of a brush I cleaned.
Now just wait for them to dry and you are good to go! Remember, doing this process a couple times a month is a really good habit to get into.
Hope this helped!
xo, simply jess