Wash Makeup Brushes at Home

Edited by Kara, MsBarbs, Eng, Anonymous

Hi, you are watching VisiHow. In this video, I will show you how to wash your makeup brushes. Your makeup brushes get dirty through regular use and you have to clean them. A professional makeup artist taught me how to clean my brushes.

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Steps

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    Prepare the water.
    I have a bowl of water here. It is lukewarm. I am also going to be using a small amount of shampoo. The same kind you use when washing your hair. This is Syoss shampoo from Schwarzkopf. You want to use just enough to make the water slightly soapy.
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    Wash the facial powder brushes first.
    You want to begin with the brushes that were used to apply the dry textures, as they will have a lighter product residue on them. This brush was used for facial powder and is a natural bristled brush. We will be gradually moving toward the brushes, which have more product residue on them. You can see that the water has already become dirty. You want to begin with the brushes that have the least amount of residue so you will not have to change the water as frequently.
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    Very carefully squeeze the excess water out of the brush.
    If you do not want to destroy your brushes, you need to take care of them. Once you have removed the excess water place the brush onto the towel.
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    The next brush I am going to wash is the blush brush.
    I am putting it into the water and washing it very gently. We need to make sure that all of the residual product is removed from the hairs of the brush. Squeeze it gently to remove the excess water. While you are squeezing the excess water out try not to bend the bristles out of shape.
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    Wash the eye shadow brush that you use with the lighter colored eye shadow.
    Next, I want to wash the eye shadow brush that is used with the lighter eye shadows. We need to wash it thoroughly, but you should not put too much soap into the water. The water needs to be slightly soapy. Squeeze the excess water out of the eye shadow brush and lay it onto the towel.
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    Begin to wash the synthetic brushes.
    Once you have washed all of the natural bristled makeup brushes you can move onto cleaning the synthetic bristled brushes. The synthetic bristles are used to apply creamy makeup and are dirtier than the brushes we have already cleaned. These brushes are thicker and you have to pay closer attention to make sure that all the residual product is removed. As you can see there is still some product left in the bristles, so it needs to be washed more. Dip the brush into the water then squeeze the excess out. Check to make sure all the product has been thoroughly removed, squeeze out the excess water, and lay the brush onto the towel.
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    I am now going to wash the concealer brush.
    This brush is used for concealer and other creamy textures. It is dirty.
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    I have two brushes left; this one has been used on red creamy textures like lipstick.
    I need to wash it a little bit differently than I did the others. Since, this brush is used on thick creamy textures I will need to use a napkin to wipe off the excess product as well. So, I wash it off, wipe it on the napkin, and then wash it again. This technique helps to remove the residual lipstick from the bristles.
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    The last brush is for contouring the eyes.
    It is a natural haired brush. It is very soft. Wash it, and then we will move on.
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    Pour out the dirty water and refill the bowl with clean water.
    Once you have finished cleaning all of the brushes you want to pour out the dirty water and refill the bowl with clean water so that you can rinse off the brushes.
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    Rinse off each brush.
    You use the same techniques as you did when washing the makeup brushes. You can stir the water with the brush, and then you want to gently squeeze the excess water out of the bristles. Try not to bend the bristles too much when you do this.
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    Move on to the next brush.
    After you squeeze out the excess water, place the brush onto the towel and move on to the next brush. It does not really matter at this point what order you rinse the brushes off in, because you have already removed the bulk of the dirt by washing them. This process is just to remove the soap.
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    If you want to have softer bristles, you could add some conditioner to the water.
    I do not have any conditioner now and that is why I am not using it. Do not apply hair masks, as it will make the brushes heavy. Just the conditioner is enough.
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    Move the water out of the way.
    Once you have rinsed all of the brushes move the bowl of water out of the way.
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    Dry the brushes.
    We do not stick the brushes back into the case wet and let them air dry. You never want to allow your brushes to dry while the bristles are sticking upward because this will cause the bristles to frizz in all directions. What we are going to do instead is to pat each brush with the towel.
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    Recreate the initial shape of the brush.
    Do this as best you can. You want to shape it the way you need it to be. Then place it onto the towel.
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    Pat the bristles dry with the towel.
    Do not yank the bristles or pull on them.
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    Shape the bristles and lay the brush onto the towel.
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    You need to shape every brush regardless of the bristle type.
    Both types need to be reshaped after you wash them.
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    Wait until the brushes dry.
    We have now washed, rinsed, and reshaped our brushes. Now, we will leave them on the towel until they completely dry. You do not use a hairdryer or fan to dry them. Just let them lay on the towel to dry. Thank you for watching VisiHow. This is Kara. If you have any questions, about makeup and beauty, please leave them in the section below. Thank you, bye-bye.
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