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Cleaning Makeup Brushes

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Many types of cosmetics and skin care products require the use of a makeup brush for application, but those brushes need to be cleaned after use. This is a guide about cleaning makeup brushes.
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By 6 found this helpful
September 8, 2016

This is my homemade version of a makeup and brush cleanser solution that works as well as the $12 ones at the shops. It's easy to make and easy to use. If you don't have coconut oil, you can also use olive oil.

Total Time: 5 minutes

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Supplies:

  • 2 parts antibacterial dish soap
  • 1 part coconut oil or olive oil
  • luke warm water
  • 1 plate (not a paper plate)
  • 1 lint-free towel, t-shirt, or paper towel
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Steps:

  1. For the purposes of this tutorial, I cleaned one brush. In a plate, add one big drop of dish soap and half a drop of coconut oil.
  2. Wet your dirty makeup brush with some lukewarm water.
  3. Dip your brush in the soap and oil solution and gently draw little circles. It will start to foam up and smell good. You can also use just your hand which I usually do-- I just didn't have extra photographer hands!
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  5. Rinse bristles under lukewarm water. Swirl the brush against the palm of your hand until water runs clear. Please DO NOT use hot water as the temperature will ruin your brush.
  6. Gently blot excess water with your towel. When rinsed, you do not want to prop it in a cup bristle side up as this will ruin your brush. Instead, fold your towel and lay the brush down at an angle, brush side down. Let dry.
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  8. *Foundation and eyeliner brushes should be cleaned often to keep bacteria away from your skin and your eyes.
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By 4 found this helpful
January 13, 2012

I found a cheap and decorative way to store and clean my makeup brushes. The mason jar and marbles keep the brushes in place and add a cute shabby chic look to my vanity, and when it is time to clean the brushes I simply pop the lid on with some warm water and baby wash and they have never been cleaner!

Materials:

*Same ingredients as many more expensive brush cleaners and gentle on your face and brushes!

Step 1: Grab your clean mason jar with some marbles/decorative stones in bottom.

Step 2: Add a squirt of baby wash and slowly add warm water.

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Step 3: Insert brushes and secure lid. Gently shake to agitate soap with marbles. This will help to loosen the dirt and get your brushes super clean. Repeat a few times.

Step 4: Pour out soapy water and rinse thoroughly with clean warm water. Gently squeeze excess water from brushes and lay on a clean cloth to dry.

Your brushes will be cleaner than ever with minimal mess and clean up! I do this weekly when I deep clean the bathroom. A few shakes in-between tasks and by the time I am done, so are the brushes.

By Teri M. from Omaha, NE

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September 27, 2011

I use scar makeup, which is as thick as stage makeup. Well, a lot of that inevitably ends up on my powder brush, and after a bit it needs to be cleaned. I've tried expensive brush cleaners and high-end shampoos, but nothing worked! Then I soaked my kabuki brush in apple cider vinegar for 48 hours and it is brand new and softer again. Try it.

By Brianna from Dutch Harbor, AK

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By 3 found this helpful
October 6, 2011

For my eyeliner brushes that are hard to clean, due to the fact that cream eyeliner is not water soluble, I clean with olive oil. I put a little oil on a paper towel, 'dip' the brush in the oil, and 'brush' the paper towel.

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May 18, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about DIY brush cleansing palette. A repurposed plastic lid and some hot glue is all you need to make an economical makeup brush cleansing palette.

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October 29, 20050 found this helpful

How can I make a homemade sanitizer for makeup brushes? I know rubbing alcohol cleans, but is it sufficient to sanitize?

Rob from Spokane, WA

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October 30, 20050 found this helpful
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Alcohol was created to kill germs and whathaveyou and was used for only that for a long time. It won't kill *all* germs but if it's good enough for a nurse to swab my skin w/it b4 giving me a shot, i'd think that does a pretty good job of killing 'wee beasties.'

If you'd like another method to sanitize your makeup brushes, you could make a solution of 1 pint of water to 2 drops of household bleach. That's a tad stronger than what's used in hospitals to kill germs (to make water potable, a person would add 6-8 drops household bleach to a gallon of water and wait half and hour, or longer, before use). It would my suggestion you let your brushes soak a long time.

Another way to clean your brushes: one of my teachers in public school used to wash her hairbrushes and combs in a solution of dish detergent and ammonia. She let them soak half an hour. She said it removed all the hair spray build-up and got them very clean.

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December 15, 20050 found this helpful
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When I was going to school at Marca (Esthetician) and we washed our brushes with shampoo and conditioner.

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