Cleaning your makeup brushes is such a mundane task but is crucial to maintaining cleanliness! If you are not washing your brushes often than you are basically spreading bacteria across your face. Not sure about you but that totally grosses me out! You will be surprised at how long people go with out washing their brushes, especially the foundation ones! (Gross, by the way). Before I tell you my two methods of keeping your brushes clean, let explain to you why it is so important. When you apply any makeup with one of your brushes, you are picking up bacteria that is already on your face. When you are finished, you are letting that bacteria fester and grow on your brush, not to mention the dust that collects on it from it sitting out and not being used. Next time you go and use your brush, the exact same thing happens but this time, the bacteria that has been sitting there from the previous use is put back on to your face. It’s a never ending, vicious circle unless you clean them correctly! Obviously, eye brushes, as opposed to foundation brushes, are less of an issue but keep in mind it is going on your eyelid and around your eye which can cause infection. So I am going to show you my methods of maintaining clean brushes which include spot cleaning and deep cleaning.

What is the difference?
Spot cleaning your brushes means that you are only cleaning a visible spot rather than washing the entire thing.
Deep cleaning your brushes is when you fully wash and submerge them in water cleaning the tip of the bristles down to the base of them.

What do I do?
I try (try being the operative word) to spot clean my brushes after each use if I have time. I usually don’t, however I do spot clean them every 2 or 3 days because they sit out in the open air. I do not wear much makeup to work which is why I forget but the thought of dust collecting on them freaks me out so I clean them often!  There is a significant difference in my skin and makeup application when I am applying makeup with a clean brush. I deep clean my brushes every month. Though, it should be more. This is something you should do every two weeks.

How I Spot CleanSoniaKashukSoniaKashuk2SoniaKashuk3Items needed: A towel, brush cleaner, and some dirty brushes! For brush cleaner you can use any kind you like! I usually use the MAC Cosmetics brush cleaner, but I was out and didn’t make for a cool photo (LOL) so I used my second best by Sonia Kashuk. Your brush will not be spotless but this helps tremendously with removing bacteria!

  1. Choose which brushes you are cleaning and lay them all out.
  2. Spray 4-8 sprays of your brush cleaner on the bristles of your brush.
  3. On your towel, with the bristle side down, move your brush in circular motions. Your brush should be damp enough that it allows the makeup to come off onto the towel.
  4. After you are done, wipe with a separate dry towel or paper towel and leave out to dry!
  5. (OPTIONAL) Use a blow dryer on the lightest setting to dry your brushes. This is personal preference. Drying the brushes always makes me feel like I’ve done them a service and completed the job (LOL)

How I Deep CleanDeepClean1 DeepClean2 DeepClean3 DeepClean4 DeepClean5( Notice the different of the clean brush vs the dirty one in the picture above )

Items needed: A clean dry towel, a bowl with 1/2 cup dish soap and 1/2 cup water, and again your dirty brushes! Out of everything I have used before to clean my brushes, dish soap has worked the best. It is very oily which is good because it works as a conditioning agent for your brushes and does not dry them out. If you would like a little extra conditioning you can add a little olive oil if desired.

  1. Choose which brushes you are cleaning and lay them all out.
  2. Dip your brush in the bowl that includes the mixture of water and dishsoap.
  3. Over your sink, move your brush in circular motions in the palm of your hand. You will notice the makeup coming right out of your brush.
  4. Rinse under the running water while squeezing the bristles trying to remove any left over makeup trapped in the brush. If you still see color, repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have complete clear water.
  5. Again, you can use a blow dryer to dry your brushes if you cannot wait until they dry!

THATS IT!! I hope that you guys found this post helpful and useful! How many of you are going to run and clean your brushes now!? GO!!

Some Of My FAVORITE Brushes:
10 pc. Kabuki Brush Set $35!!! HERE
( I own them and love these brushes!! ^^ )
Flawless Finish Bamboo Foundation Brush HERE
Undercover Lover Bamboo Concealer Brush HERE
Slenderizer Bamboo Contouring Brush HERE
Powder Pouf Brush HERE
Angled Definer Brush HERE
Large Tapered Blending Brush HERE
18 pc Studio Pro Brush Set $32!!! HERE

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6 comments on “HOW TO | Spot Clean & Deep Clean Makeup Brushes!”

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  2. No joke I literally read this and hopped out of bed to go deep clean my brushes. You don’t even want to know how bad mine were..! This worked perfectly. The last time I washed mine it was something I found on Pinterest using vinegar and my brushes wreaked for weeks! It was terrible.

    • VINEGAR!!!? What the heck, that’s sounds terrible!! The dishsoap is just soooo good because it keeps them soft and still smelling good. Plus it’s easy because it works so well. Really glad you got use from my post!! :)

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