How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Y’all. It’s time to chat about makeup brushes…if you’re not washing them, you’re doing yourself a HUGE disservice. Not only do the brushes grow bacteria (ew), but they also don’t perform as well AND they’ll fall apart sooner if you don’t take care of your brushes and clean them regularly.

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I’ve seen lots of posts that kind of overcomplicate it but honestly…cleaning your brushes is pretty easy. I use a grand total of ONE product and it gets the job done perfectly: Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castille Soap (it’s called 18-in-1 because it has SO many uses). Here’s a video of how I wash my brushes – it’s easy peasey!

In case you can’t watch the video, here’s what to do. (If anything is confusing, you can always fast forward the video to the demo with the sound off.)

  1. Gather your brushes, a clean towel and your castille soap at the sink.
  2. Put a drop of castille soap in your palm (as small of a drop as you can).
  3. Using cool water (or as cold as you can handle), wet your brush. Try not to wet the bristles at the base of the brush if possible.
  4. Swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to make a lather – you’re going to see the product start to come off into your palm.
  5. Once you feel like you’ve worked the soap around quite a bit, rinse the brush bristles and repeat. Do this until the brush looks clean and there’s no more product on the brush or your hand.
  6. Carefully squeeze the bristles (keeping the shape of the brush as close to the original shape as you can).
  7. Lay the brush flat on a towel to dry. During the winter months, it may take more than just overnight to dry fully so plan accordingly!
  8. Bonus step: To fluff the brushes back up, after they’ve been drying for a bit, I swirl the brush on the dry towel VERY lightly just to bring some shape back into it. Then lay it flat again.

And that’s it! Hopefully this was helpful to you – if you have any questions you know how to get ahold of me 🙂 While you’re here, check out the video below with some AMAZING 90s inspired beauty looks – I was honestly shocked at how closely these looks resemble the makeup I’ve been wearing lately. Apparently I’m even more of a 90s girl than I thought!



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