How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

A few days ago, I wrote about the importance of using brushes when you apply make up. and how it is the key to flawless makeup. You can read that here. Once you invest in a good set of makeup brushes, it is important to take care of them. You don’t want your brushes to have a build up of bacteria because it can lead to infection (skin irritation, breakouts).  For this reason, it is important to clean your brushes regularly. Generally after each use, I spray my brushes with rubbing alcohol and rub them on a cloth or paper towel. Weekly or every other week, I give them a deep cleaning. All you need is baby shampoo (generic is fine).

Here’s how I wash my brushes:

  1. Wet the bristles only with lukewarm water.
  2. Put a few drops of baby shampoo in the palm of your hand and gently rub the tips of the bristles into the soap.
  3. Rinse only the bristles. You don’t want the entire head of the brush in the water because the glue that holds the bristles in place can become loose.
  4. Use a towel to squeeze the excess water from the bristles.
  5. Try to put the bristle back in its correct form/shape.
  6. Lay the brushes on an uncovered surface or upside down to dry.

Here’s another way:

  1. In a small bowl, mix water and baby shampoo.
  2. Put the bristles only into the mix.***
  3. Scrub the brushes in the palm of your hand or on a towel, but be gentle!
  4. Rinse only the bristles and lay them flat or upside down to dry.

TIP 1: Wash certain brushes together. For example, I wash my foundation brush and other cream brushes together because they need more work to get the product out; and I wash powder brushes together because they require less work.

TIP 2: Don’t lay your brushes on a towel to dry because the bristles can become mildewed. Ewww!

Continue to live agelessly,

Avon Rep Raquel, www.youravon.com/raquelhorn