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Cleaning makeup brushes is one of those laundry list annoyances—kind of like dry cleaning, AKA hand washing—that rarely seems necessary. ‘You can just NOT clean makeup brushes, right??’ says the lazy girl in me.
—that rarely seems necessary.”You can just NOT clean makeup brushes, right??” says the lazy girl in me.
Welllllll, not really
, according to the professional beauty artists who create fresh makeup canvases for stars every day. Dirt and oil from the skin combined with powder accumulate in the brushes we use frequently, and without regular sudsing action, they can cause skin irritation and breakouts.
Dallas-based makeup artist Joanna Hathcock, for one,
a regular rinse every two weeks, if not weekly. If you have extra-sensitive skin, of course, that process may need to happen every few days.
But how do you actually, uh, do that? After all—as any novice learns the hard way—it’s not just a matter of running your brushes under the sink and calling it a day. Every makeup pro has their own specialized way of doing things, so here we unpack some of the most efficient ways to get the job done without ruining the brush itself.
provides two step-by-step methods below of cleaning brushes, from the most basic (dish soap/bar soap and olive oil) to a more specialized way of removing dirt.
Method One: The Kitchen Sink
If you’re in bind for time or just don’t feel like making a trip to the store (Same!,) the tools you’ll need are closer than you think. Here’s what you’ll need.
works with a regular Palmolive dish soap and olive oil
, mixing mostly dish soap and a small amount of olive oil in a bowl. Baby shampoo works too since it’s known for its gentle qualities. As she explains, the dish soap works to disinfect while the olive oil conditions.
She dips her dirty brushes
into the mixture, head down, and swirls them around on the textured mat.
Note that instead of working the brushes against her hand, the textured mat allows her to create more friction while breaking up the dirt and powder trapped in her brush.
To finish, she rinses the brush to remove all remaining soap and residue. As a substitute for the dish soap,
she also recommends using a bar soap with olive in it
, a favorite of makeup artists like
, who’s known for his work with the Kardashians, to remove dirt and condition brushes.
If You’re Cleaning In a Rush
Ultra Liquid Dish Soap
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