How I Clean my Brushes

Hi Loves! Long time no post. I haven’t been wearing too much makeup and I haven’t gotten many new products but hopefully that will all change in the next couple of weeks. Today we are going to talk about how I clean my brushes. It is SO important to clean your brushes regularly. You want to make sure you get rid of bacteria that builds up in your brushes. If you noticed that your skin is breaking out when you wear makeup, the first thing you should consider is if you have cleaned your brushes recently. So I will give you the run down on my brush cleaning routine.

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The first thing I want to address is face brushes. I like to clean these with a cleaner and water.  I have tried many different cleansers: baby shampoo, dish liquid and olive oil mix, cosmetic brush cleanser the list goes on. However the best cleaner I have worked with is Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap.  It cleans my foundation brushes effortlessly. I simple place a dime size amount of soap in my hand, wet the brush and swirl it into the soap. The product will immediately start to break down. I repeat this until water runs clear from the brush. This cleaners has cut the amount of time it takes to clean my brushes in half.

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Some quick tips I have when your cleaning your brushes. During the whole cleaning process try to keep the brush bristle side down. You don’t want to turn the brush right side up because water will run down into the ferrule (metal part of brush) and loosen up the glue, which will cause your brush to shed. Once your brush is clean gently squeeze the excess water out of the brush and shape your brush. This will make the drying process happen a little quicker. I also like to hang my brushes with the bristles off the edge of the counter so they are not sitting in water, they instead will have the power of gravity on their side, the water being drawn toward the floor. Number one tip, allow your brushes to completely dry before using them.

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Now on to eye brushes. To clean my eye brushes lately I have been using Cinema Secrets Pro Brush Cleaner. This is a quick drying and rinse free formula. So I do not need to use water. What I do is put a little bit of the solution in a bowl,  dip the brush in the solution and then wipe clean on a towel. I use a towel to wipe clean instead of a paper towel because in my opinion the brush gets much cleaner on the towel. I then just lay flat on a paper towel until I am done with all my eye brushes. All my eye brushes are usually dry within five minutes. I do this with my eye brushes because they are smaller, and usually have less product on them. One thing I will mention about this cleaner is it has a strong vanilla scent. It will not stay in your brushes but you will smell it when you clean them.

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Last I will address my beauty blenders. To be honest the beauty blender solid is the best way to clean your sponges. As you can imagine these sponges soak up a lot of product and stains them. The solid will get your sponge super clean. Simply wet the sponge and rub it into the solid. The product will start to run right off the sponge. These solids will last you a while. I have also cleaned face brushes with this and it works pretty good.

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That is the run down on how I clean my brushes. Pretty simple but it is super important to clean your brushes. If you have any questions please leave them below. Also if there is a makeup look you would like to see, feel free to leave that below as well! Thanks for reading! xoxo

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