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How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Did you know you have to clean your brushes and sponges regularly to avoid bacteria build up, cross contamination and breakouts? Soooo many people don't realize cleaning your brushes is a thing and that TERRIFIES me! We are a completely judgment free zone at BMA, so if you're someone who has maybe let their brushes go for too long or didn't know you need to clean them I'm here to give you all the info you need.

How often should I clean my brushes?

Deep clean your brushes weekly and using a spray cleaner while doing your makeup if you want to reuse a brush that already had product on it.

What do I use to clean my Brushes?

There are so many good cleaners on the market these days, do your research and see what will work best for you.

My favourite way to clean my brushes are Sards wonder soap, a textured matt (or rubber oven mitt) and a DIY spray cleaner - 60ml distilled water, 150ml isopropyl alcohol and 10 - 15 drops of essential oil all added to a spray bottle (shake before use)

Quick-cleaning with a spray:

  1. Spray your brush a few times, with the heads pointing down to prevent any moisture from seeping into the glue.

  2. Swirl your brush against a clean cloth or paper towel to loosen up the pigments.

  3. Air-dry your brushes on a flat surface.

Quick-cleaning with a liquid cleaner:

  1. Fill a small bowl with a thin layer of the solution

  2. Dip the tip of your brush into the solution.

  3. Gently run your brush back and forth on a clean paper towel or a microfiber towel until all the product buildup is loosened up and your brush feels clean.

  4. Air-dry your brushes on a flat surface.

Deep-cleaning with soap and water:

  1. Holding your brushes with the bristles facing down, gently run lukewarm water in the sink and wet the tips of the bristles. You don’t want the water to get inside the barrel of your brushes because over time it can break down the adhesive that is holding your brush together and possibly erode your brush handles if they are made of wood.

  2. Add a drop of your soap of choice to a textured cleansing pad (or even something like your palm), and swirl the brush into the soap until it’s fully lathered up and any pigment or dirt is removed. Or, if you’re using a bar soap, gently rub your makeup brush or sponge into the soap, creating a lather.

  3. Gently squeeze your makeup brush or sponge to remove any excess cleanser or water.

  4. Rinse again with clean water, with the bristles facing downward.

  5. Gently squeeze out any excess water, and mold your bristles back into place so they will dry correctly.

  6. Lay your brushes flat to dry on a towel or paper towel.

Remember Babes, clean brushes = happy and clean skin

Love B 💋

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