How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

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Manic:  My messy makeup drawer that houses my makeup brushes that need to be cleaned!

Managed:  Sharing awesome tips on how to properly clean makeup brushes from Celebrity/Professional Makeup Artist Karen Hall, who is also a managedmoms writer, I’m proud to say!  Karen’s last article gave us great tips about which makeup brushes work best, so today she gives us this terrific follow-up article on the best way to keep your nice cosmetic brushes clean.  This will extend the life of the brushes that you spend your hard-earned cash on, too.  Take a look…

Karen says:

How to clean your make up brushes……

Ever notice how soft and fluffy your brushes are when they are new?  Then, as they accumulate make up, they start to feel dense and hard, sometimes prickly on the skin.  All you have to do is properly clean them, and they will return to their soft and fluffy state!

Since most good brushes are made of natural hair, a gentle shampoo will work to gently clean them, just as it cleans our hair.

Here’s a quick and easy way to do it……

1. On any brushes that have accumulated creams and waxes, such as foundation, lip and eyeliner brushes,  use any vegetable oil (I use jojoba oil), to break up the debris, otherwise they will never get clean. 

2. Using shampoo and water in a shallow bowl (trying to keep the handles dry), swish the brushes around.  Dump this water and fill the bowl again, swishing some more.   Keep doing this until the water is clear. I always add a splash of white vinegar in the final rinse and this ensures that they are really clean! 

3. Reshape them, and lay them flat to dry, and they will be like new again! 


About our writer & expert, Karen Hall:


Karen Hall, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Karen Hall has dolled up the likes of Paula Abdul, Faith Hill, Conan and many more world-wide celebs that come to Phoenix to perform or make personal appearances.  Karen is called in to make the stars look amazing and many of these celebs end up asking Karen what her own personal secret is because she looks 30 years younger than her age…which she will tell you is over 60!  Hard to believe, isn’t it?!   
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  1. Great tips!!