How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Naturally?

Can you remember the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? I cannot. It is probably…5 years ago. Ouch. They are definitely screaming ‘Bathe me!’

It started two days ago when I suddenly developed a small pimple. That got me thinking about the condition of my makeup brushes.

Makeup artists and professionals always say the state of your makeup brushes can make an obvious difference between a messy/patchy and flawless makeup application. But, truth be told, it can also make a significant difference to the condition of your skin.

Makeup brushes are a huge breeding ground for germs and bacteria. And ideally should be cleaned once every two weeks.

When you use your makeup brushes, you are essentially transmitting germs, bacteria and natural oils from your skin to your brushes to your makeup kit, and back to your skin. Not to mention, this includes the spreading of dirt, dust and grime. It is a vicious daily cycle. So, if you get the occasional breakout like me, consider how clean your makeup blushes really are.

The Quick Fuss-Free Way to Clean Your Makeup Brushes – Naturally

First, before you start, you’ll need to get some things:

  • Used dirty makeup brushes
  • Shampoo *preferably made from natural and organic ingredients
  • Small dish bowl
  • Paper towels (or a dry cloth towel)

Step 1: Wet ’em
Gather your brushes and run them through cold tap water facing down. 

Step 2: Pump & Swirl
Give your shampoo bottle a pump or two into a dish bowl. If you can, try using a natural brand of shampoo made from natural oils, and with as little chemicals and artificial fragrances. I used my favorite Coast to Coast Invigorating Shampoo which is made with natural oils of tea tree, lavender and sandalwood. These oils have natural anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

Add a little water and stir into a thick soapy mix. Then, dip your brushes into the solution and swirl each brush, one at a time, at the base of the dish bowl. Kinda like painting the bottom of your soapy water dish bowl.

At this point, if your brushes are dirty like mine, you will start to see the water turn into a somewhat icky brown to black color. Once you find the brushes are no longer releasing makeup debris, leave the brushes in for a quick 3 minute soak.

Step 3: Rinse
Now, take the brushes out of the bowl and run them through clean cold tap water again. Remember to have your brushes facing down when running it under a tap! Makeup brushes are expensive and should be considered a beauty investment. So you really don’t want to end up with a messy and disheveled brush after wash. 

Step 4: Pat ’em & Dry
Hold out each brush, shake out any excess water and give the brush hairs a gentle squeeze to get rid of excess water. Take a paper towel (or dry cloth towel) and pat each brush dry. If necessary, you can re-mold each brush by pressing the hairs between your fingers until it is molded back to its original shape.

Lastly, lay your brushes out to dry. I used the same paper towel, folded it into half and placed it as a base to spread my brushes on. Each brush should be spread away from the next so there is a small gap of space for better ventilation.

People often ask if brushes should dry in an upright position or lay them flat. Personally, I like to lay mine flat. It is just another step (and too much work) to find a jar to hold my brushes in. And frankly, once the brushes are dried, they don’t look any different. Just clean, fluffy and shiny.

My brushes dried out overnight and were ready for use the next morning. Awesome!

This is so easy…I am definitely cleaning my brushes out more frequently to keep my complexion flawless.

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