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How to Clean your Makeup Brushes Like a Pro

Get rid of the accumulated gunk in your bristles.
How to Clean your Makeup Brushes Like a Pro
ILLUSTRATOR Gab Gutierrez
Get rid of the accumulated gunk in your bristles.

Applying makeup is fun, but most beauty girls tend to forget about the importance of cleaning makeup brushes. It's a vital chore that is often overlooked. But just so you know, it's not just about hygiene (bacteria will grow into your brushes, clog your pores, and cause skin breakouts). This step is also about properly caring for your things given that these tools don’t come cheap. It is advisable to clean your makeup brushes at least once a week so that the gunk and beauty products that accumulate overtime would be easier to remove. Plus, think about this: clean brushes would feel new. And what do new brushes do? They make your makeup application easier and smoother.

You can wash your brushes with a number of items that you already have at home. See for yourself below.

Baby shampoo

Step 1. Run your brushes under lukewarm water. Be sure that the water won’t touch the area where the bristles meet the handle. Doing so will loosen the glue keeping your brush together overtime.

Step 2. Squeeze a coin-sized amount of shampoo onto your hand.

Step 3. Swirl your brush around your palm, creating a lather.

Step 4. Rinse the brush with lukewarm water.

Step 5. Squeeze out the excess water from the brush. If the water is still a bit murky, repeat the process. Otherwise, lay it out on a paper towel and let it dry.

Olive Oil

Step 1. Mix two parts of a liquid antibacterial soap to one part olive oil on a plate.

Step 2. Wet your brush with lukewarm water. Again, be careful not to get water into the ferrule (the ring or cap around the handle where your bristles are glued together) by keeping the bristle-side down while running it under the water.

Step 3. Coat your brushes with the soap and oil mixture.

Step 4. Rinse until the water is residue and soap-free.

Step 5. Lay out your brush to dry overnight.

Professional makeup brush cleaner

Professional makeup artist Jason Delos Reyes swears by these two products that effectively cleanse your brushes.

IMAGE Beauty MNL, Bobbi Brown

Parian Sprit brush cleaner, P600, Beauty MNL; Bobbi Brown brush cleaning spray, P1035, SM Megamall

“Bobbi Brown’s brush cleansing spray is a great product because it’s alcohol-free so it won’t damage your bristles, especially if it’s not synthetic. Meanwhile, Parian Spirit brush cleaner is not just a cheaper choice. It’s also vegan with a citrus Caribbean scent. It’s also anti-bacterial and can effectively eliminate even those waterproof makeup formulation.”

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Note: You also have to clean your beauty blenders! Same process applies, too. Clean them until no residue appears after rinsing.

Happy cleaning!

Photos from Bobbi Brown, MAC, and Beauty MNL

Main image from MAC.

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