How To Clean Makeup Brushes

Obviously, women enjoy wearing and applying makeup, but when you use makeup brushes that are filled with bacteria and dirt, you put your skin at risk. Dirty brushes can also make your makeup look less than ideal. In order to achieve perfect makeup, regular brush cleaning is essential and, surprisingly, you may even need to clean them the moment you purchase them.

Trish McEvoy Brush Set

The kinds of bacteria that are crawling in your makeup brushes are old makeup, dead skin cells, bacteria, oil, debris, dirt, and a variety of germs. Your makeup brushes are filled with bacteria and, without cleaning them, you are simply spreading around old germs and bacteria. In Addition, if you don’t properly clean makeup brushes, you can damage the hairs, causing them to fall out of the brush. So, let’s get cleaning!

Simple Steps On How To Properly Clean Makeup Brushes.

-Use Mild Shampoo

There are brush cleaning products on the market, but in reality, all that you really need is some mild shampoo or any other soap that won’t damage the hairs of the brush. Baby shampoo is a favorite of many. Afterwards, wet all of the hairs of your brushes with lukewarm water, but make sure that the hairs of the brushes are all facing down, to avoid water overly weakening the glue at the base of the hairs. Once the brushes are a bit wet, apply the shampoo on the tips of the hairs, and the carefully massage the dirt and bacteria outwards. Rinse carefully and blot dry with paper towels.

-Plastic Trick

Once you are done cleaning all of your brushes, you can loosely apply plastic wrap or brush plastics around them so that the hairs will keep their shape. Tape the plastic around the brushes, and then face the brushes down. After a couple of hours, the water will be gone and the brushes will have retained their shape.

- How Often to Clean

In order for you to keep your makeup brushes in good shape, clean them often. Here is a rough guide:

  • The brushes you use for bronzers and face powder should be cleaned once every week.
  • Brushes for eye shadow must be cleaned every few days, or after each use if you using brushes on multiple people.
  • Foundation brushes should be cleaned once every week.
  • Clean eyeliner brushes after each use.

With the simple tips above, you willl then be able to prolong the lives of your makeup brushes and keep you makeup looking clean and the shades true when you apply your makeup.

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Need brush recommendations? See our article on the Best Makeup Brushes.

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Nars Holiday Collection

The Nars Holiday Collection this year has a modern kabuki theme. The collection of  luxury beauty items were personally curated by François Nars himself, who had this to say about the collection:

“I am completely fascinated by Kabuki theatre; the makeup and costumes are especially beautiful. My attraction to this art form led to the creation of this Collection.  The shades and products used in the NARS Kabuki Collection range from bright, intense shades to deep saturated hues.” –FrançoisNars

The collection includes the following gorgeous items:

The Hanamichi Eye Shadow Palette with brush.


NARS Hanamichi Kabuki-Inspired Eyeshadow Palette Holiday 2011 Gifting - Hi Res

A sleek and pretty Kudoki Kabuki Lip set with brush.

NARS Kudoki Kabuki Mini Lip Coffret Holiday 2011 Gifting - Hi Res

Kuroko Mini Nail Polish Set.

NARS Kuroko Kabuki Mini Nail Polish Coffret Holiday 2011 Gifting - Hi Res

Mie Mini Soft Touch Eye Pencil Sets.

NARS Mie Kabuki Mini Soft Touch Shadow Pencil Coffret Holiday 2011 Gifting - Hi Res

Shop the Nars holiday collection

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Eco Tools Makeup Brush Review

The best makeup brushes are usually made of natural hair or very high quality synthetic materials and tend to be expensive. But there are a few affordable brands that are sufficient for good makeup application without breaking the bank.   Eco-Tools is one of those brands. The Eco tools line of synthetic brushes tends to be pretty decent quality for its price point, which happens to be very affordable.

eco tools brushes

As a bonus, the products incorporate some environmentally friendly traits. So, if you like green products, this is a line to look at. Ecotools makeup brushes have bamboo handles with a ferule that is made from recycled aluminum. The brushes are packaged in biodegradable and a reusable sleeve.

I found the brushes quite adequate for makeup application and hair loss with them was minimal-something that can often be a problem with cheap makeup brushes. There is a good variety of eye shadow brush sizes, and the blush brush was particularly impressive. Almost everything in the line is available for under $10 and there are some cute kits and sets available.

Eco-tools also makes bath tools. You can find them at most big box retailers and some drugstores, as well as online.

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