Did you know that cleaning your makeup brushes is one of the most important things you can do to make sure your makeup looks flawless? If you don’t clean them every other week all sorts of oil, dirt, and bacteria can build up on your brushes. The result? Your attempts at a modern vintage beauty look, a bronzed beauty look, or leopard print eyeshadow may end up less than stellar. And while one GoJane girl confessed to throwing her brushes away when they got dirty, we have another method that’s far more preferable: deep cleaning your brushes.
You’ll need: olive oil, makeup brushes, antibacterial soap, paper towels, and a plate
Tip: Olive oil works for deep cleaning because most makeup has some oil component and oil removes oil far better than water alone does
Pour equal parts olive oil and antibacterial soap onto a small dish
Rub your brushes around in the olive oil and soap mixture
Tip: Do this gently- you don’t want to damage your bristles or the glue holding the brush tips together
Run brushes under warm (not hot) water and rub against the palm of your hand
Tip: Don’t face brushes up towards water- you don’t want to get the head of the brushes soaked because it could weaken the glue. We like holding them facing downwards.
Remove brushes from water and gently squeeze excess water out and shape brushes as you do this
Place brushes, bristle side facing down, on a flat cloth or paper towel
Tip: You want to dry your brushes at a downward angle- we used a magazine to add extra height
Let brushes dry
Tip: It’s best to let your brushes dry for at least a day
Have you deep cleaned your brushes? How did it go for you?