When was the last time you cleaned your make up brushes? If you can’t remember, it’s probably time to buckle down and get it over with for the sake of your brushes and your skin. This how-to is super easy to follow and uses products likely already found in your kitchen. The two simple ingredients will help to remove make up from your brushes, disinfect them to keep gross things off your skin, and moisturize them for smooth application and beautiful looking bristles.
You will need:
- Dish soap
- Olive oil
You’ll also need something to mix them in and some towels but I figured you could gather that on your own and that list was much more dramatic.
On to the cleaning:
Start with some dirty brushes. As you can see I have a small problem where I can’t seem to stop buying Real Techniques brushes. They are amazing and super reasonably priced. I just bought the stippling brush and it is miraculous.
Start by adding a couple of drops each of the olive oil and dish soap to some warm water in a small cup or shot glass because they are literally the perfect size for this. Mix it up a bit with your finger, or a utensil if you’re picky.
Dip the tips of your brushes into the mixture. You do not need to get the entire end of the brush wet because: 1. most of the make up is going to be concentrated at the tip and 2. getting water up into the part where it attaches to the handle can cause wear and damage. So focus on just getting the tip and up to just before it connects to the handle in the mixture.
Blot the brush on a paper towel to remove make up and excess water. Move with the brush and don’t force the bristles to go in a direction they naturally don’t want to. You don’t need to jam it into the paper towel to get all deep in there. Be gentle and just continue to blot until you stop seeing color.
Rinse briefly in cold water to remove excess cleaning solution and leftover make up. Again be sure only to get the tip wet. Blot again afterwards to remove excess water.
Lay the brushes out to dry on a towel or hang with the brush side down if you have those abilities.
I use this method to clean my brushes on a regular basis and I always love how soft they feel afterwards and how much easier products glide onto my skin. There are tons of brush cleaners and different methods out there, and I’m sure they all do a great job cleaning brushes, but I love just being to grab things that I already have laying around the house.
Let me know what you thought of this how-to. I’d love to try and do another one next week so give me some suggestions if there’s anything in particular you’d like to see 🙂