Why can’t my makeup brushes clean themselves? I’m with you, friends. I can’t make your brushes clean themselves, but I DO know an easy at home DIY makeup brush cleaning recipe and I’ll share it with you today.
You wash your face everyday. Why wouldn’t you wash your makeup brushes regularly? Unfortunately, makeup brush cleansing takes a back burner in many beauty regimens. This, my friends, is a grave mistake. There are so many reasons why you need to wash your brushes regularly. From application to disease, there is a plethora of disappointing truths that come with dirty makeup brushes.
Why Do I Need to Wash my Makeup Brushes?
It’s no surprise that we are covered in bacteria. Every surface, ever, is covered in million (billions? trillions?) of tiny little microbic activity. It’s a fact of life. So, when we use makeup brushes, we’re providing the ultimate breeding ground for more bacteria. Those little germs get deep in the bristles, where it’s dark and comfy.
Think of everything you touch with your makeup brush. Likely you store your brush in a cup, so it touches other (dirty?) brushes. There your makeup brush also collects things floating around in the air – dusty, dog fur, poo particles (it’s real, y’all). Then you take your makeup brush out and you dip it into a makeup product (which has its own little bacteria). Once saturated, you bring it up to your face and you smear it all around. Excess bacteria and grime in dirty makeup brushes can break you out and spread illness (pink eye!). Not to mention, the thought of rubbing poo particles on your face is just gross.
One thing that it’s spoken about as often is makeup application with dirty makeup brushes. When your brush is dirty, it isn’t working in tip-top shape. Many times dirty makeup brushes have a hard time blending products seamlessly, getting the right color payoff, and not leaving streaks. There is absolutely nothing worse that using a dirty brush to apply liquid foundation. I’m shuddering at the thought.
Your makeup brushes have a life expectancy. Did you know that? You have have to take care of them or they will not last:
Use a makeup brush dry shampoo (it’s a thing!) to clean excess products off between uses.
Deep clean your brushes at least once a week.
Never store your brushes on their bristles.
Don’t get water into the ferrule (the metal part that holds the bristles together).
If you do all of these things, your makeup brushes will love you back in lifespan and quality.
There’s no need to go and and purchase an expensive makeup brush shampoo. In fact, I insist that you don’t. That’s a waste of money. Instead, whip up this simple DIY makeup brush cleaning solution when your brushes are in need of a cleaning.
Stain Removing Brush Wash
This is probably the most simple recipe you’ll ever use. I’ve been using it for the last 3 or 4 years. I posted a photo on Instagram when I did my Wet N Wild Brush review on my YouTube channel and someone asked me how I kept the brushes so clean (because the bristles are pink and white). I kind of chuckled because it’s so simple – I clean them with this solution.
I remember when I bought my first white bristle makeup brush several years ago. I was so worried I wouldn’t be able to keep the bristles white. And what do you know? This diy makeup brush cleaner works like a charm.
DIY Makeup Brush Wash
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1 cup lukewarm water
1/8 tsp liquid dish soap (I use Mrs. Meyer’s)
3 Tbsp vinegar
Stir it all together. Then dip the bristles of your brush in to pick up the solution. Rub the brush in your hand or use a silicone brush scrubber, like I use, to get all the dirt out. Rinse clean and dry.
Because I like to make sure I don’t get any water in the ferrule, I like to hang my brushes to dry. I use a brush tree like this one. Gravity ensures that no water seeps and sits in that area. If water is allowed to sit in the ferrule it will loosen the bristles and cause shedding. No one wants shedding.
I cleanse my brushes about once a week with this solution and all are in tip-top shape! I encourage you to wash your makeup brushes regularly if you don’t already. It’s not fun, but I think it’s seriously important. If we invest in our skin care and then rub dirty brushes all over our face, is that skincare regimen really doing anything?
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