Thursday, June 18, 2015

Beauty Shortcut: Cleaning Your Brushes

Hey y'all! I hope you're having a wonderful week so far. I am absolutely thrilled because I am going to be hitting the spa tomorrow and getting a massage! I haven't gotten a massage in over 6 years, so saying that I'm excited is an understatement! They're going to have to roll me outta there, I'll be so relaxed! YAY.
Cleaning your make-up brushes

Today I wanted to talk about beauty brush hygiene. To be perfectly (and embarrassingly) honest, I didn't really know this was as necessary as it actually is. Ladies, we should be washing our brushes once a week. ONCE. A. WEEK. I started using facial brushes when I began using BareMinerals foundation- I got a starter kit, which comes with a few different brushes, and wasn't educated on how to take care of them. Thankfully, when buying my second canister at Sephora, I thought to ask the sales girl how to and how frequently I should clean my brushes. To my delight and mortification she informed me that it should be a weekly occurrence. I am sure that I blushed a deep red because I hadn't cleaned them at all before asking this question. She showed me a few specialty (read: expensive) cleaning solutions and must have read my face before asking me if I would be interested in a shortcut.

She took me to the samples near the checkout counter and picked up the Philosophy purity face wash sample. This bottle was only $10 and she said it works to clean your brushes just as well as the expensive solutions! Although small, it should last a while with my intended use. She suggested pouring a dime sized amount into a glass, adding warm water, and stirring/soaking my brushes in there. After a short soak time, the brushes should be rinsed until the running water is clear again. I lay them out on a hand towel to dry, typically rotating them once after several hours to make sure they dry all the way through. Because the face wash is gentle and is designed to remove makeup from our faces, it works wonderfully to clean the brushes. Thank the Lord for this timely tip, because I had to wash them about 5 times to get the rinsing water to run clean. I cringe just thinking about that first time I cleaned them. But, it's totally worth it- I love the texture of my brushes after they're cleaned!

If you aren't already cleaning yours, I highly recommend the Philosophy wash. I am still working to get through my first small bottle and feel like it will continue to last me a long time. Happy cleaning!

How do you clean your make-up brushes? How often do you do so?


  1. I do clean mine and I actually use the Purity face wash but I never thought to use it to clean my brushes as well.
    I'm sure it works wonders and I'll need to start doing that.
    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  2. Thanks for a much needed reminder to clean my brushes! I love Philosophy's face wash, great idea for a quick cleaning, will be on my weekend to do list ;-)


  3. Thanks for the tip! I feel like I heard somewhere that soaking your brushes isn't good for them, since it loosens the fibers/bristles where they're attached to the handle. I might have to try this though. I've tried different sprays and they just don't seem to get the job done! Thank you for sharing!

    xx. Brittany
    Southern Soul

  4. I don't clean my brushes that often, but I don't wear make up that often. Which is probably bad because all that stuff sits on the brushes for so long. Thanks for the reminder, will be cleaning them tonight!

  5. Oh gosh I need to clean my brushes. I will definitely pick up that face wash (as I need a new one anyway)!

    Michaela || The Monogrammed Midwesterner

  6. I definitely forget to clean my brushes all the time, which is gross! Thanks for the much-needed reminder!

    Alessandra |

  7. This is something I need to improve! Thanks for sharing. :)

    Allyssa, Life with Lyss

  8. I totally forget to clean my brushes- thanks for the reminder!

  9. This is so helpful - thank you!

  10. I don't wear makeup but I know how important this is to remember! Great method! :)

    xx | Steph @ The Lovely Essentials & Jenssen's Designs

  11. I actually have some of that face wash so I'll have to give it a try! I'm really bad about cleaning my brushes but when I do I usually use Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap! You can get it on amazon or at target and it works really well!

    Anchors and Pearls

  12. Love cleaning my brushes! I use the sigma express glove and baby shampoo! Best invention ever!

    The Fashionista's Diary

  13. I try and clean my brushes every week! I like to use a daily make up brush cleaner from sephora.

    This reminded me to clean my brushes, thanks :)

  14. Things to do: actually wear make up, buy brushes, and remember this when I clean them!

  15. I just use baby shampoo to wash mine. It's great because it's cheap and lasts ages. Then I spritz them with an anti-bac cleaner from a drug store!

  16. I need to wash mine oh my goodness I didn't know that you needed to do it so frequently!

    Marie H.
    Progression By Design

  17. I've used a BareMinerals cleanser before, and I've also just tried good ol' soap and water! Still experimenting, but it's definitely so important to clean brushes regularly. No need for yucky bacteria or dust!

  18. Great idea! I also really love the Dr. Bronner's peppermint bar soap from Target! I've heard it's a dupe for the Beauty Blender brush cleanser!

  19. Thanks for this! Cleaning your brushes frequently is definitely necessary and not something I do enough!

    x Sarah


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