If there’s one major downfall in my makeup routine it’s that I’m horrible at remembering to clean my makeup brushes. Gross, I know. Recently though I’ve been noticing my skin breaking out a lot more than usual and after spending a lot of time looking in the mirror and growing increasingly irritated I thought that maybe it was time to do something about it. Obviously I can’t change certain things like genetics (thanks mom) and weather which play a part in all of this but there are some pretty simple things I can do to keep blemishes at bay. One of them being cleaning my makeup brushes regularly, so I thought I’d share with you my routine of doing so.
First things First..
- All of your makeup brushes
- Shampoo (Try Johnsons Baby Shampoo) OR anti-bacterial dish soap
- Olive Oil (so the bristles won’t over dry)
- A small bowl to mix the two
- Towel for drying
- Mix shampoo and olive together in the small bowl. I don’t really measure this out, besides it kind of depends on how many brushes you’re cleaning. I usually do a mixture of about 3/4 soap and the rest olive oil, you don’t want oily residue left over.
- Dip each brush into your mixture and use the back of your hand and/or palm to do a gentle “painting” back and forth motion. Don’t be too rough or smoosh the brush into your hand because this will loosen up the hairs.
- Rinse brushes under warm water but DO NOT get the whole brush wet. Getting water into the upper part of the brush (where the bristles are attached) will loosen the glue and cause the hairs to fall out.
- I usually gently slide my fingers over the brush hairs so that the extra dirt and grime slides out, but don’t pull too hard.
- VOILA! Clean brushes