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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How to Clean your Make-Up Brush & Sponge

First of all, let me start this post telling you that I am in no way Martha Stewart.  

That being said, it should be clear that I am not an expert at all.  The goal of this whole series, is to give you random cleaning & organizing posts that hopefully you will find it useful.
Disclaimer: I am just showing how I did it, and do not claim in any way to be an expert.  Therefore, it is not my responsibility if this works with you or not.

Cleaning your make-up brushes and sponge is not a rocket science. ☺

But even with the least busy woman out there, would not clean these items regularly.  And that makes me think, ewww!!

Anyway, here we go.

Gather all your make-up brushes and sponges that needs cleaning.
You see how the make-up are sticking to the sponge and brushes?
How to Clean your Make-up Brushes

Step 1: Get three things:
Hydrogen Peroxide is good for cleaning because it works like a bleach.  For me, if it is safe for use as a gargle or rinse as described in the label, then it is safe for cleaning the make-up brushes & sponge.
Baby Wash is my choice because it is definitely gentle on the skin.  If it is going to make the baby's skin soft then it's going to make the make-up brushes & sponge soft as well.

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Step 2: Pour about two 3 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide on the bowl, then pour the same amount of baby wash and soak the make-up brushes.
After about 5 minutes, you will notice that the make-up residues are coming off, just by looking at the color of the mix on the bowl.
Step 3: Dip the brushes onto the bowl, going up and down, until you see your bristles of the brushes are looking clear from make-up residues.
Step 4: Empty out your bowl and replace it with clean water, rinse the brushes into that bowl with clean water.  Repeat this step until you get a clear water off from rinsing the brushes.
Step 5: Gently squeeze the bristles to remove excess water then reshape them.  Lay the brushes flat on a towel to air dry.

How to Clean your Make-up Sponge

Repeat Step 1 from above

Step 2: Pour about half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and about the same amount of baby wash onto the bowl.
Soak it for about 20 minutes.
Step 3: Gently squeeze the sponge, then dip it back, then squeeze the make-up residue off of the sponge.
Step 4: Rinse the sponge from a running water until the water runs clear.

Step 5: Gently squeeze the sponge to remove the excess water and then lay it on a towel to air dry.  
Sponge takes longer to dry than the brushes so be prepared for that.
I hope you find this helpful!
Really, when was the last time you cleaned your make-up brushes & sponge?
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  1. I'm the ONLY person on earth that enjoys cleaning my makeup brushes. I don't have 500 but I also dont have just 2. I don't know why I find it satisfying!


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