I will be the first to admit, I am horrible when it comes to having any sort of consistency when it comes time to clean my makeup brushes. I just use them and use them, until one day I realize they’re gross and need to clean them. Then I wait a week, and clean them then. Well, after doing my Evaluation, I realized I needed to pay more attention to my gear. Not wanting to go out and spend a bunch of money on brush cleaner (I ditched mine when we were traveling), I looked up some home concoctions, and was surprised at how easy they were. I also learned that I’ve been cleaning my brushes all WRONG! Which explains why my bristles keep falling out.
Lucky for you, I am going to tell you how to do it right, and save your brushes from the same fate my poor brushes have endured. So stop procrastinating and get out those dirty brushes.
Paper Plate or Wide Mouthed Jar
Mix 2 parts dish soap and one part olive oil on a plate or in the jar. Keeping the bristles facing downward the entire time, swirl the brush into the solution. Work the solution through the brush with your fingers and rinse it under warm running water until the water runs clear. (If you tip the bristles up, and the water gets into the base of the brush where the bristles are glued in, it will loosen the glue and cause the bristles to fall out, so keep the bristles down.)
Roll up the hand towel and place the paper towel on one edge like the picture below. Then place the brushes, handle side up, on the paper towel so they will dry without getting the glue wet.
Let them dry overnight, and they will be ready to use in the morning! The olive oil conditions the brush to make it nice and soft, while the dish soap cleans it. Voila! Do this once a month to keep extra dirt out of your pores. Because who needs another reason to break out?
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