How To Clean Your Make Up Brushes


While I believe it’s important to purchase quality makeup brushes and sponges, it’s also important to protect both your investment and your skin by  keeping the brushes both clean and sanitized. There are a large variety of brush cleansers out there, I have been trying to eliminate toxins and chemicals out of my family’s life and our home for last few years, so using a regular chemical laden cleanser seemed crazy to me when I wear “clean”, “organic” and “natural” make up on my face. This is my simply quick fix, I use my daughter’s chemical free shampoo, my brushes are clean and soft with no chemical residue. I know cleaning your makeup brushes is not a very glamorous task but it is a necessity to keep the brushes free of the oil and bacteria which accumulates on the bristles, not cleansing your brushes on regular basis can lead to your skin breaking out, washing your make up tools once a week will also maintain your expensive brushes and ensure they will last a very long time in the best possible condition. It’s best not to leave your brushes wet or water logged and when drying make sure the brushes are elevated with the bristles pointing down so the water isn’t trapped and doesn’t loosen the glue which holds the bristles together.


Fill A Small Glass Or Ceramic Bowl With 1 Cup Very Warm Water And Add 2 Pumps Of Cleaner Or Shampoo. I Use Green Beaver JR  Shampoo Formulated With Plant Based Cleansers With Canadian Grown Organic Raspberry And Cranberry Emollients For Moisture.


Gently But Vigorously Swirl Your Brush Around, I Also Use My Clean Fingers To Very Gently Rub The Bristles, It’s Important Not To Break Or Bend The Bristles


The Water Should Become Discoloured From The Make Up Being Removed From The Brush, Empty The Water And Repeat Steps 1 And 2


Repeat Until The Water Is Clear


Rinse In Warm Water


Remove The Excess Water From The Brushes By Gently Squeezing Them, Mould The Bristles Back Into Shape, Lay The Brushes Flat But Slightly Elevated If Possible With The Bristles Facing Downwards, This Stops Water Pooling Inside The Bristle Canopy And Eroding The Glue.

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