It’s ironic how we’re so careful with our skincare routine but tend to ignore the fact that our make-up tools are basically living bacteria farms.
Makeup brushes and applicators are caked with old make-up residue, oil, and dead skin cells (which we apply to our freshly cleaned faces every morning)! It’s like taking a shower and then putting on the same dirty underwear every day.
So, what to do? If you ask them, Professional Make-up Artists will tell you that you should clean them after each use. But, hello! I barely have time to put my make-up on in the morning, let alone clean the brushes every day! Thankfully, a monthly deep clean is all you need to ensure cleanliness (and avoid break-outs).
BTW: There are plenty of specially designed “brush cleaners” everywhere, but they’re pretty harsh, kind of expensive, and can seriously dry out your brushes (which is why most of the cleaners out there are made by people that also make brushes). All you really need is good dish soap and warm water. And maybe a few paper towels.
Here’s our 5-minute solution and you already have everything you need in the kitchen. Ready? Here’s how to do it:
- Gather all of your brushes and applicators, soap, spray, a clean bowl or jug, and some paper towels.
- Put a small amount of dish soap onto your brush and massage gently, working to loosen the old make-up.
- Swish it through a bowl of clean warm water being careful not to over-soak or wet the handles.
- Rinse with warm water until the water runs clear.
- Pinch with a paper towel to squeeze off excess water and leave them out on a clean, low-lint towel to air-dry.
We like to do this on a Sunday afternoon and leave them on the counter all day in a sunny spot so they’re ready for Monday morning! *Extra Credit: Use a hypochlorous acid spray, or a quick spritz of our 100% natural Glass Cleaner for an easy between-clean routine. Spray. Wipe. Done.*