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Let me just start off by saying I love makeup. Being an artist, I see makeup as an art form. You can apply it so many different ways and can create so many different looks. It’s like painting a face in a way. But like painting, you need to wash your brushes. You wouldn’t put blue paint on a brush right after using red, well unless you wanted purple, but that’s besides the point. So if purple is not the color you wanted then your basically just making a mess.
For makeup, if you don’t clean your brushes then they can develop bacteria and who wants to put bacteria on their face? Yuck. That’s how you break out. So it’s pretty important to clean your brushes or you’re just going to break out. Also, when you build up gunk on your makeup brushes, your makeup will not apply as smoothly as clean brushes would apply it. This could leave streaks on your face or eyelids and your makeup will not look fresh and will not blend well.
I’ve made the mistake of not cleaning my brushes and it has cost me. I have tried a couple different cleaning solutions but the best out of the brands I’ve used is one that I’ve made myself. Want to know how to make it? Yes? I thought so.
What you need:
- Dirty makeup brushes
- Dawn dish soap
- White vinegar
- Extra virgin olive oil (optional)
- Jar to mix liquids
I mixed the Dawn dish soap, white vinegar, and water in the first picture. In the second I twirled my brush around to get the makeup off of it. Be sure not to get the top of the part that connects the bristles wet, (the top of the brown on my brush pictured) because then the bristles will start to fall out when you go to use your brush. So only put enough of the mixture in to get just the bristles wet and not the whole brush. When your water starts to look like chocolate milk then your brush is done. It might have some more makeup on it, if it does then just whip up a new mixture and repeat the process. I made a new mixture for each brush.
Once your done swishing around your brushes in the mixture, rinse them out with fresh water and lay them flat on a paper towel to dry. Do not put them bristles up in a cup or jar because then the water will drip down through them and bristles will fall out when they dry.