Five Friday Faves: Ways to clean your makeup brushes

Makeup brushes and sponges are tools that are very essential for me when I do my makeup and I’m pretty sure that all of the makeup lovers out there would agree with me or for some it’s the holy grail of makeup application. Though I admit that I still use my hands when I apply my foundation, concealer, blush and eye shadow.

And I just wanted to highlight the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes/sponges.
How dirty brushes affect your skin
While your bristles pick up pigments, they also collect dirt, oil, and bacteria—and this affects Beauties with sensitive or acne-prone skin the most! “This buildup can be transferred to your skin and cause breakouts,” says Dr. Tanzi. The risk of infection is lower with blush and face powder brushes since they are not coming in contact with wet areas like the eyes and mouth, which can harbor more bacteria and viruses.
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Having that said, I honestly don’t clean my makeup brushes once a week. Sometimes it takes a month for me to clean it. What I do is every time after I use it, I dab my brush on a cotton ball with toner on it. And I suggest for you guys not to do what I do.

Before I really don’t know how to clean my makeup brushes, so what I do was I pour makeup remover on each brush and clean the bristles using my fingers on running water. It does the job but it does take a toll on my makeup remover too. Since then I’ve done some research of how to clean your makeup brushes the “home made way” since I really don’t want to spend big on makeup cleaners. (My mindset was: I’m not a makeup pro to spend a lot on those kinda stuff) Soooo, here are my Five Friday Faves that show Ways to clean your makeup brushes.

1. Cleaning makeup brushes using a dishwashing liquid and extra virgin olive oil
The video below is an old school youtube tutorial from Michelle Phan and until now I still do this kind of cleaning with my makeup brushes. Personally I use baby oil instead of
extra virgin olive oil. I recommend this tutorial because the dishwashing liquid disinfects while the oil conditions the brushes.

2. Cleaning makeup brushes using baby shampoo + warm water

Basically the concept from the first video is just the same. But I rarely do this since I don’t have a stock of baby shampoo at home and would not use adult shampoo as an alternative since it has different chemicals on it. I recommend this because the baby shampoo is mild on the hair and warm water removes bacteria. Note:WARM not Hot. Hot water might cause the bristles of the brush to fall out.

3. Cleaning makeup brushes with Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser + MakeUp Washing Brush Egg
I honestly don’t knoe where to buy the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser besides online but I personally think that you can use baby soap instead. I just purchased a MakeUp Washing Brush Egg but haven’t used it. On this video it’s finally making sense to me now. And for me, among these 5 ways to clean your makeup brushes, this is my most favorite way to clean makeup brushes. I really really recommend this tutorial and having the MakeUp Washing Brush Egg.

4. Cleaning makeup brushes with makeup remover + kitchen towel
Now why kitchen towel instead of a regular tissue? It’s because a kitchen towel does not tear easily. I use this method if I’m too lazy to prep materials and go to the kitchen sink. The video below is as easy as 1-2-3, but I have to admit it’s somehow a waste of makeup remover/cleanser.

5. Cleaning makeup brushes with dishwashing liquid + makeup remover + baby oil and the MakeUp Washing Brush Egg
Last but not least. My own MakeUp brushes/sponge cleansing technique. I don’t have it on video since I’m blogging from the hospital right now (and I am recovering). My technique is like a mash up of the tutorials 1 to 4. As seen on the photo that I created below. These are the tools to be used.

So, on a clean tray or plate (preferrably white) pour the dishwashing liquid (40%), baby oil (40%), and makeup remover (20%). I did include percentages on them just for you to gauge the amount of product to put on the plate or tray. Then, grab all your dirty makeup brushes and sponges and put them aside near the tray/plate then one by one, starting with your brush, swipe the mixture in circular motion, once you have a thick consistency with the makeup residue, grab your makeup washing brush egg and brush it under running tap water. And place your cleaned brush on a neat towel or kitchen towel aside if you prefer. I do recommend to clean all the brushes first and then make another set of mixture for the sponges. The difference of the cleansing technique with the sponges is that you have to squeeze it several times to ensure that all of those makeup residue are out and brush it on the makeup washing brush egg.

And there you go! I hope today’s blog made you realize how important it is and how easy it is to clean your makeup brushes and sponges because it’s for your own skin. I want to know your ideas too by leaving it on the comments section below. Thanks again for reading! 😉