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the quick way to clean your make up brushes

When is the last time you actually cleaned your makeup brushes?  If you’re anything like me, it usually spans somewhere between years ago and never. It’s not because it’s particularly hard, it’s just that whenever we think about it right when we’re actually using them and then after that thought has passed we are on our way out the door.

This past fall, while I was painting my face for this, I was using my gel eyeliner brush to create some of the detail, but had to clean the brushes in between colors.  In that moment, I had what they call an ‘aha’ moment. Now, I hate the term ‘life hack’.  I think it’s so overplayed, but I might dare to refer to this trick as my favorite life hack to date.  There I said it, Like Hack. And here you have it: The easiest way to clean your makeup brushes!

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It was during that face painting session that I had a few make-up remover wipes out for minor mistakes that I just started swiping my brushes on the towelette to clear out the color and I had the thought… why don’t I do this more often?

After that, I started getting out a make-up remover wipe (I like the Boots No7 Quick thinking wipes) and just giving my brushes a quick rub-down after each use.  Since they don’t get soaked, they dry pretty quickly, too, which is a big selling point for me.

The first time, it might take a few towelettes to get them clean, but after that, it’s easy to keep up with.

I just make sure that I leave them out to dry (as opposed to sticking them into a zippered make-up bag) for a few minutes after cleaning.

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So, do you think you’ll give it a try?  Maybe your brushes will get cleaned more often?

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  • Genius! Although, I must say, there’s something very satisfying about soaping up the bristles and cleaning them in the sink!

  • I’m a never but this tip is so quick and easy I will definitely try!

  • What a great idea! I will try this tonight. Thank you for posting, as I was just thinking this morning that I needed a quicker way to clean my makeup brushes!

  • I’ve been using this hack for almost a year and it’s life changing. I also use a makeup sanitary spray that dries quickly for when I want them to feel extra clean.

  • Where is the mirror from? It is really pretty:)

  • That is such a great tip! I clean the brush that I use for concealer about every ten days but my blush brushes… Figuring out a way to clean them without ruining them, has been on my to-do list for a while now. Can’t wait to try this out!

  • This is genius! I was once on a roll of cleaning my brushes one a week or so but have gotten out of that habbit. This makes so much more sense though!

  • You’re a genius. Thanks for sharing <3

  • Very Helpful!

  • Great article. I repeat to my daughter that it is really important to clean her brushes. If she doesn`t want there is always an option to learn how to put her make up with hands! I am kidding. Thank you for sharing your post. I will send it to her. Greetings!

  • Thank you Erin for sharing with us your strategy to clean te makeup brushes correctly.