Posted on February 19, 2012

Cleaning your makeup brushes

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In my opinion one of the most important elements of great makeup and clear skin is starting with clean makeup sponges and brushes. Makeup brushes and sponges can harbor bacteria, makeup reside, and dust picked up from the skin, cosmetic products, makeup bags, and even the air. Having some breakouts?  When was the last time you cleaned your brushes? To reduce your chances of bacterial skin infections or breakouts, it’s important to keep your makeup brushes clean. Dirty brushes should be washed at least once a week.  Below I will outline the steps I use to clean my makeup brushes; I do this once a week and follow up with daily cleaning using a brush spray.
Here is what you need: 
Antibacterial Dish soap (I like Dawn or Palmolive, usually I get the one in the blue bottle but recently I have seen this formula with vitamin E oil and this week I am using this one)
Plates or Bowl (I either use throw away plates or keep an old bowl just for this)
Water
Dirty Makeup Brushes
Paper towel or an old hand towel
Olive Oil 
Start by mixing equal parts dish soap and olive oil, (this week since I am using the dish soap with the vitamin E oil I am using a little less olive oil)
Swirl your brush in the soap/oil mixture and wet it just a bit
Run the brush back and forth in the palm of your hand gently, you will see all the makeup coming out
Rinse your brush under running water and place flat on the paper towels or hand towel to dry (I will let the tips hang off the edge of the counter) 
 Do not immerse your brushes in the water when rinsing, you want to avoid letting excess water get into the handle, and DO NOT stand them up to dry this will allow water to seep into the handles and loosen the glue. 
You want to make sure you are killing any bacteria that may be on your brushes. Think about it have you ever done your makeup and had a pimple, yuck to think about the gunk from your pimple sitting on your brushes then when your skin clears up using that same brush on clean/clear skin. Before finding this method I would wash my brushes with baby shampoo,  or face wash. Both are mild and did the job but I found this method gets everything out. I also wash my foundation/powder sponges using this method; I was amazed the first time how much makeup came running out of them, they looked brand new when I was finished. I just dip the sponges in the soap/oil mixture and wash in the sink. The olive oil helps keep your brushes soft, you don’t want them to dry out.
During the week I use the Daily Brush Cleaner by e.l.f. cosmetics, just spray onto your brushes after you use them and wipe back and forth on a paper towel.

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  • Karen (Cuzzo) :)

    Great post! A must for keeping your skin clear as well as illiminating contamination of bacteria in your make up. For added antibacterial fight power, use a drop of tea trea oil in your mix. It works wonders.

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