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It's really important to clean your makeup brushes. Why, you ask? You have that go-to brush that applies eyeshadow. You use it for everything..the lid, the crease, highlight. It doesn't seem to do you any wrong. You only wear the same 4 colors from that one eyeshadow quad, so what's the big deal?

Dirt. Oil. Bacteria. Color payoff. These all come into play when you don't wash your brushes. Think of the bristles as your hair, and product that you put onto your hair. After a while product and oil builds up and you have to clean it. It's the same concept with makeup brushes, only product and oil and germs build up because you are rubbing it on your face/eyes/lips/etc.


To clean my brushes I like to use a 2-in-1 Shampoo/Conditioner and a regular dish sponge. Be sure to use lukewarm to warm water, and keep the brush at a downward angle so as to not get water into the ferule.
I like to use Suave 2-in-1 Shampoo in the Watermelon scent. It cleans and conditions my brushes.

1. Get your sponge wet and squeeze a small amount of shampoo onto it.
2. Get your brush wet and start going in circles and back and forth across the sponge using gentle pressure, until it keeps foaming a lot and with no visible grime as you swipe.
[IMPORTANT: If the soap bubbles start to disappear then you need to rinse the sponge and brush, add more shampoo, and clean again. Your brush is not completely clean until the foam stays there]
3. When your brush is clean, rinse well under the water and squeeze. Repeat.
4. Push your brush back into shape and lay flat on a surface, preferably with the end hanging over a table to get air circulation through all sides.

A tip for more dense brushes, like foundation and face brushes:
Put a bit of soap on the corner of the sponge and use the corner to get down into the middle of the bristles, still using gentle pressure. I explain this much better in the video because I show you exactly how to do it.

I use this amount at a time for eyeshadow brushes. I usually can get about 4 brushes clean with this little bit, doing them one after the other.
You need a bit more for bigger face brushes. Depending on how dirty and dense a brush is, I will have to use this amount and repeat up to 4 times until the sponge stays foamy.
To wet deep into the bristles of my bigger brushes I cup my hand with some water and press the brush into the water, using gentle pressure.
Run the brush in circles and back and forth along the sponge. If it's a really dirty brush the foam will go away. If it's not very dirty the soap bubbles will stay foaming, which means it's completely clean.
This is what you want to see. No matter how many times I ran the brush across the sponge, the soap bubbles would stay. It took 2 times of washing this one to get this to happen.
Each time you're done cleaning, rinse out your brush and squeeze. You will be able to see all of the dirt and makeup you've just gotten rid of!
When you're done, put your brushes back into shape and lay them alongside a counter or table to dry. Depending on how big or dense the brush is, it could take anywhere from 4 hours to 24 hours for a brush to fully dry.
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