Thursday, May 26, 2011

Breaking Out?! It May Be Your Makeup Brushes!!

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?

It is very important to clean your brushes! Over time, all the makeup you apply to your face with your brushes begins to build up and becomes a huge breeding ground for bacteria. In turn, bacteria will clog your pores and cause your skin to break out! Now, I know the task of cleaning your brushes may seem to be a big burden, or sometimes we may mean to do it but it crosses our minds and by the time you remember you're already 15 minutes late for girls night out. I try to clean my brushes after every 2-3 applications but I must confess that I too forget or get lazy. But ladies, it is a must! Plus, if you want your brushes to last you longer then cleaning them helps you achieve that..

E.L.F. Studio Daily Brush Cleaner - E.L.F. Eyeshadow "C" Brush
I cleaned my brushes not too long ago and took a few pictures for my readers.. I have heard before that you can use your on-hand shampoo to wash them but some stores do sell liquids or wipes made especially to disinfect your brushes. I've never used the shampoo method so I have no place in recommending that. But, I do use E.L.F. Studio Daily Brush Cleaner. I bought it when I placed a haul through the website and paid less than $2 for it because of a promotion that was going on. But regular retail is only $3 and you get a good size 8.5 oz spray bottle for your 3 bucks! (Size comparison shown above) And as for quality, I think it is pretty amazing for such a low price. The liquid does have a bit of an alcohol aroma but isn't that a given? If its purpose is to disinfect it usually smells like rubbing alcohol. At least it doesn't smell 100% like rubbing alcohol. E.L.F. also sells a brush shampoo for the same price but I've never tried it before.

Follow these steps to clean your brushes:

1. Gather all your lovely dirty brushes and your brush cleaner. Also grab a few pieces of paper towel. You might want to do this in your bathroom so you don't make a mess on your lovely comforter or mess up your desk.

Spraying powder brush w/ E.L.F. Studio Daily Brush Cleaner
Paper towel after cleaning brushes, went through 3 of these.
2. Clean one brush at a time (daunting, I know) by spraying some of the liquid directly onto the brush. Gently wipe the brush onto a clean paper towel until all makeup has been removed from the brush. When the brush no longer exudes anything, you can then move onto the next one.

Clean brushes set aside to air dry.
3. Set your brushes aside on a clean paper towel and allow them to air dry. They typically need a few hours. I let them dry until the next day. Now, you're all set to use your newly anti-bacteria brushes again. Don't forget to repeat this process every few uses in order to keep that face clean and beautiful!

E.L.F. Studio Daily Brush Cleaner - Ingredients (
Water(Aqua), Alcohol Denat,Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Methylparaben.

What do you use to clean your makeup brushes? Any other tips on cleaning them?
Leave a comment/question below..


  1. i get pretty lazy too... i clean my brushes usually about once a week and often every other that bad lol?

    and i use shampoo with a little conditioner and it works perfectly well! I prefer it to alcohol based cleaner because i feel like it dries out the hairs. i suppose it's all personal preference!

  2. @Alma- I'm guilty of the same, I try doing it every 2 uses but it gets annoying lol.. I've been wanting to try using shampoo but since I have the brush cleaner I might as well use it.. I've been using the e.l.f. cleaner for a while now and it hasn't dried out the hairs, that's why I like it.. I will try that method though one of these days.. Thanks for leaving a comment!


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