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Time Saver | How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes |

The basic rule of thumb is to clean your makeup brushes once a week. A trivia question for you — how often do you think I have an hour during my week to… a) pull together an important presentation for work, b) tend to family matters, or c) wash my makeup brushes?

Let’s just say d is last on the list. Below is Time Saver #17 with instructions to quickly wash those tools, giving you better skin along with more time for a, b and c.

The Quick Clean

Time Required: 3 Mins


Brush Love Brush Cleaner Main Image When you’re in a hurry to “put your face on”, but need a  clean brush asap, spray IT Brushes Bath Purifying Brush Cleaner ($19.50, 3.4oz) two inches away from the brush on all sides, swirl on a paper towel, and voila! Quickly dissolves buildup while conditioning, presenting you with clean tools, for a one time use.

Here is a travel size ($8, 2oz) version by Cinema Secrets in case you need a little washing during trips. Works on both natural and synthetic hairs, leaving no residue.

On a monthly basis, however, deep clean your brushes to ensure bacteria doesn’t build, which could cause horrid acne. Hopefully, I hit your “vile” button to help motivate. 🙂

The Deep Clean

Time Required: 15 Mins


Main Image - Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa® Express Brush Cleaning MatEcotools Cruelty Free and Eco Friendly Makeup Brush Cleansing Shampoo, 6 Ounce; Wash Away Surface Makeup, Oil, and Impurities from BrushesI bet, if I searched deep inside your soul, you will confess you only wash your brushes once a quarter, or (yelp), once a year! That means your tools are caked with buildup, making it critical to do a thorough cleanse.

A small investment in Express Cleaning Mat by Sigma Spa ($25) will quickly do the trick. The mat suctions to the sink, offering a large surface area coupled with much needed friction, dissolving even the hardest spots without a mess.

Just add EcoTools Hypoallergenic Shampoo ($3.39, 6oz) or Benjambelle Organic Shampoo ($14.95, 8oz) to disinfect. Works for all brush types, leaving no residue.


Step by Step Instructions:

1. Secure the mat and suction cups in sink.

2. Wet brush with lukewarm water.

3. Squeeze a nickel size amount of shampoo out on the mat.

4. Swirl brush on mat, keep moving across the entire mat until all makeup disappears. Add water as needed.

5. Rinse the brush throughout.

6. Squeeze out excess water, reshape brush and lay flat on a towel.

7. You’re done. Repeat monthly (or weekly if possible).

Get It Done. Save Time. In Style.

— Marie


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