The Dailies: Clean Makeup Brushes

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So I promised myself I’d get back into writing more this year and then promptly just put it to the wayside. So here’s my attempt to get back into it.

Going to be honest, I’ve been so exhausted after work since January. For the for the past week and a half, when not meeting up with friends, all I do is sit around and play video games. It just helps with blanking out my mind and allowing me to focus on virtually accomplish mini goals.

Now, it’s Sunday and I just have a ton of real self-care goals to catch up on. One of which is cleaning my makeup brushes. Some people do this on the daily, but honestly who’s got the time. On average it’s been said by dermatologists (source: Google “how often to clean makeup brushes”) that one should clean frequently used brushes every 7-10 days. Honestly… I do mine maybe once a month. I’m not saying to do this, I’m just stating what I do.

For brushes I primarily us Make Up Forever brushes because I find the bristles the most soft on the face and then a Beauty Blender or Miracle Complexion Sponge for foundation.

Now for the cleaning.

What you’ll need

How to Wash Brushes

  1. Place brush washing mat in the sink close to the drain. Press down firmly as there are suction cups on the back to prevent it from moving as you scrub your brushes on the surface.
  2. Wet brush head, making sure to squeeze out extra makeup once it’s saturated with water. Try not to get the base of the brush where it connects to the handle too wet, you don’t want the brush to not fully dry and trap mildew here.
  3. washing the brush

  4. Put a small amount of baby shampoo on the mat in the area most relevant to your brush, there are different areas for face brushes vs eye brushes.
  5. washing an eye brush

  6. Swirl your brushes into a good lather and you’ll start to see your make up coming out into the foam of the soap.
  7. Rinse and repeat until the water and brush are clear from make up residue.
  8. Squeeze out all excess water in the brush and pat dry with a towel.
  9. Leave to dry on top of the towel.

How to Wash Beauty Blender

  1. Soak Beauty Blender in running water.
  2. Squeeze a couple times to release some of the lose makeup.
  3. Scrub with the solid blender cleaner as if you were washing something with soap.
  4. Wet and squeeze out the cleaner.
  5. Repeat as needed till the blender is clean.
  6. Squeeze out remaining water with a towel.
  7. Leave on towel to try.

There you have it. Sunday rituals of cleaning out my makeup brushes. Now if only I had the will to do it more often.

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