Day 81 - Clean Your Makeup Brushes Naturally

How often do you clean your makeup brushes?  Once a month?  Once a year?  A handful of times since you started wearing makeup?  

I have to admit, I'm probably guilty of the latter.  I very rarely wash my makeup brushes, though all my instincts and a lot of experts say that I should.  And given my recent struggle to get my skin back to health, I figure it can't hurt, and may even help keep my skin looking good. 

The good news is, you can clean your brushes using cleaning supplies you probably already own.  

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

  • Olive oil or almond oil
  • A towel
  • Water
  • A bar of castile soap

WHAT TO DO

PRE-CLEAN

Start by putting a few drops of oil on your towel.  Then swipe your brush back and forth across the oil spot a few times to transfer some oil onto the bristles, then wipe the brush back and forth across a clean section of the towel until you see color start to come off.  Repeat this several times until you feel you've deposited a good amount of color onto the towel.  

CLEAN WITH SOAP & WATER

Next, dip your brush in water, trying not to saturate the ferule of the brush (the part the bristles connect to).  Then, brush it back and forth across your bar of soap until you see some suds on the end of your brush.  Brush the soapy bristles back and forth across the palm of your hand, being careful never to press directly down or disturb the direction of the bristles.  

RINSE, RE-SHAPE, & DRY

Rinse out your brush, again avoiding the ferule.  If the water doesn't run clear (it won't the first time), repeat with the soap and brushing your hand until your last rinse runs clear.  Very gently squeeze out excess water with a clean towel, carefully re-shaping the bristles into their original shape.  Lay your brush flat to dry, and avoid using it again until it's completely dry.

That's it!  No fancy brush cleansers, no money spent, just clean, bacteria-free makeup brushes that will last you a long time!