How to Clean Makeup Brushes: DIY Wash Without Special Products

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Wondering how to best clean your makeup brushes? We’ll show you how easy it is to wash your makeup brushes clean so that they’re as good as new. Everything you need is already in your bathroom.

Clean Your Make-Up Brushes with Water and Shampoo

You don’t need to spend 20 dollars on a special cleaner for washing your make-up brushes. Whether you’re removing powder or liquid make-up remnants from your makeup brushes – for a thorough wash, just a little organic shampoo and water will do the trick. The most important thing is that you clean your makeup brushes as thoroughly as possible.

Step 1: Wash Your Make-Up Brushes with Water

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Cleaning your makeup brush off with water first removes any loose makeup remnants. (Photo: Utopia)

Hold your brush under lukewarm water and gently rinse the soft bristles. This is the best way to remove the largest particles.

Step 2: Put Shampoo on Your Brush

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Now it’s time to lather up that makeup brush with shampoo. (Photo: Utopia)

Next, work a mild shampoo into the brush’s soft bristles. You don’t need more than a pea-sized drop. The mildest option is an organic shampoo. Use your fingers to work the shampoo into the bristles. As soon as the shampoo on your makeup brush begins foaming, wash by rinsing the brush until the water runs clear.

Step 3: Dry Brushes After Washing

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When drying your makeup brushes, do not damage them with friction or heat. (Photo: Utopia)

Brushes are best air-dried. Using hot air from a hair dryer or placing them on a heater is harmful to your brush’s bristles. You also shouldn’t place your freshly-washed brushes into a container where the remaining water gathers in the center of the bristles; this can cause those bristles to fall out sooner. Instead, leave your brushes to dry flat on a clean towel.

How Often Should You Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

How often you need to clean your brushes depends on the type of brush in question:

  • Foundation brushes should be cleaned after every use.
  • Eye shadow makeup brushes should be cleaned every two weeks at best.
  • Rouge brushes should be cleaned every three to four weeks.
  • Powder makeup brushes can be cleaned every three to six months.

Why Do You Need to Clean Your Make-Up Brushes

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Your makeup brushes will need to be washed clean soon or later due to the natural build up old makeup remnants, dirt and bacteria. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - WerbeFabrik)

Your make-up brushes don’t only collect remnants from your foundation, powder, or eye shadow. Over time, bacteria and dirt particles also gather in your brushes. These make it harder to apply fresh make-up and may cause your skin to suffer, leading to pimples or skin irritation. If you take good care of your brushes and clean them regularly, they will last longer – which is also a relief for your pocketbook.

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This article was translated from German into English. You can view the original here: Pinsel reinigen: Kosmetikrückstände ohne Make-Up-Reiniger entfernen.

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