oh, hello! i’m putting on my makeup artist and beauty editor hat to share this recent editorial i produced for glitter guide, all in the name of spring cleaning! now, let’s be real here… how often do you wash your makeup brushes? do you know how to clean makeup brushes? i literally ask my friends and family this all the time, and then proceed to shame them into washing them as i watch. but really, it’s just SO terrible for our pores to run our dirty brushes across our faces every day. you know those tiny white bumps that appear on our eyelids? melia… well, those are clogged pores caused by dirt and oil. completely preventable! same goes for nasty bumps and pimples – dirty brushes can contribute to breakouts! luckily, the fix is easy.
wash those brushes! once a month, get them all cleaned up. here’s how:
- baby shampoo (it’s gentle yet effective)—i used Live Clean
- running water
- clean towel for drying
- rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
1) Wet brush. Keeping the tip of the brush pointed down, apply shampoo from the palm of your hand onto the brush. Swirl the bristles around in your hand, then rinse thoroughly.
2) Repeat the above process until the water runs clear.
3) Squeeze the excess water out of the brush.
4) Lightly spritz the damp brush with rubbing alcohol (70% at least) to eradicate any lingering germs.
5) Lay brush flat on a clean towel to dry overnight. (Tip: Never stand the brushes upright to dry. Water will leak into the handle and loosen the glue, causing the brush to eventually break.)
Investing in good brushes and taking care of them will ensure they last for years – i’ve had many of mine for 10+ years, and i use them daily.