5 Easy Steps: How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

I recently watched a friend throw her makeup brushes in a sink full of Dial. Naughty, right? My horrified expression prompted her to ask the question "well how am I suppose to clean them then"? Brushes are not inexpensive and they are a very important part of the makeup application process, so it is important to take good care of them. Here are the 5 steps that I take to clean my babies:
  1. Pour a dime size amount of baby shampoo into your palm.
  2. Wet your brush and swirl it around in the shampoo (makeup will start to come out of the brush and end up on your palm).
  3. When it appears that you have removed most of the makeup from your brush, rinse it under warm water GENTLY (remember the $52 you spent on that 138 brush?) squeezing any remaining product from the brush hairs.
  4. Place the brush flat on a towel, forming the hairs into the shape that they were in when you purchased them.
  5. Allow to dry over night.
This is how I clean all of my brushes once a month and I have had many of them for 5+ years. There are cleaners specifically for brushes, but I think that baby shampoo works just fine and its only about $3 for 12oz. It's not a good idea to soak them in soapy water because many brush handles are made of wood and it would eventually soften them, as well as remove the glue that holds the brush to the handle.

I hope this helps!