How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

It’s a fact that most people rarely wash their makeup brushes. Bacteria and oil can build up on your brushes resulting in possible clogged pores and increase breakouts. It’s very important for the health and clarity of your skin to wash your makeup brushes at least once a month, ideally once a week.

Here’s how:

Fill a 6 oz glass with warm water (or fill up water in a sink or large bowl like shown in the photo) and add 1 tablespoon of gentle sulfate-free shampoo or a sulfate-free gel cleanser. Be sure to avoid the ingredients Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate as these harsh detergents may dry out the natural hair bristles. See the collection of Renée Rouleau sulfate-free gel cleansers.

Swirl brushes in the glass, sink or bowl for 60 seconds. You should see the water lather up and turn dark in color from the makeup on the brushes…

Pour out or drain water water and fill back up with warm water only and swirl brushes in glass again for 60 seconds. Repeat if necessary until the water is clear.

Remove brushes and squeeze out excess water from brush. Wipe brushes back and forth on a clean, dry towel to absorb moisture.

Next, use a comb to de-tangle the brush to get them back in their original shape.

Lay brushes on a clean paper towel and let dry out in the sun. (The sunlight destroys bacteria and helps to dry your brushes faster.)

Read: Could Your Mascara Be Causing You Wrinkles?

Read: How To Wash Your Face

Read: Can Foods Cause My Skin To Breakout?

Read: What’s The Best Spot Treatment For Blemishes?

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  1. Great tip! I just tried this and it was the fastest and least messy way to clean my brushes that I’ve ever tried. Love your blog!

    Posted By: Stacy  | 


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