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Simple, easy way to clean your make-up brushes.

Honestly, it's so simple! I've noticed that a lot of people take this too seriously, yes, keeping up and cleaning your applicators is a must, wouldn't want bacteria build up or maybe some caked on old foundation or eye shadow creeping up while you're trying to apply different make-ups. But seriously, the best and easiest way if to just use liquid dish soap. Mhmm, that's right. Warm water, then apply the dish soap, rub in really well and then wash off all of the soap and then the make-up should wash away with it. Then just let the brushes air dry!

Claire Dunn

i normally use shampoo or shower gel to clean my makeup brushes. i just deep them into the soapy water for a while and rinse them properly. i do that once a week and everyone should be doing the same, otherwise dirty makeup brushes and sponges can cause pimple or other skin problems. i've read about this in a tumblr post and there i found some other useful tips too, you should have a look too.
I love mixing in a bit of cleansing oil (Garnier has a great one that's cheap!) with whatever liquid soap I'm using (shampoo is always a good option). The combination of the oil and the cleanser seems to bust the makeup off even faster! It's especially good for Real Techniques brushes which I find hold on to product a bit more.


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Professional quick-drying brush cleaners are the best way to go…


This is what I use to clean
My brushes. I use the 99% to clean alcohol based make-ups.



To wash brushes with natural bristles, use gentle products. To clean these brushes, I take the same products as for washing my hair. Take a regular shampoo (baby shampoo is often recommended) and dilute it in warm water - this solution will easily rid the brushes of any dirt, and then leave them to dry naturally. You can also use special soap for brushes.


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You're not wrong.

The one disadvantage of using water, is that it takes way too long for your brushes to dry. This might work for your personal-use brushes at home.

In the trailer, all our brushes need to be dried in 2 to 3 minutes.

The other disadvantage of using water, is the water and furrule issue, which then leads to the shedding thing over time... And so on.

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