Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Makeup Brush Spa

Many of you asked me about how to clean your makeup brushes with olive oil that I mentioned in yesterday's Bloom post.  Cleaning your brushes daily(especially foundation brushes) is very important as they collect bacteria and oils from your face which can in turn, cause you to break out! We don't want that, so here is what I do to disinfect, clean and re-condition my brushes.

To disinfect and re-condition  your brushes

Step one:
Pour a small amount of anti-bacterial soap onto a dish or container.
Any anti-bacterial soap you have should be fine.

Step two:
Pour a smaller amount of extra virgin olive oil  NEXT to the anti-bacterial soap, in the same container or plate.

Step three:
Dip your brush into the meeting place of the soap and oil  and swirl it around in circular motions. You will see the pigments start to come out of the brush.
I then use the palm of my hand to wipe the brush back and forth as well. You can pick up more of the solution as needed. This is how oil painters clean their brushes!

Step three:
Rinse your brushes with cold or warm water. Never use hot water as that will ruin the brushes.
Do circular motions on your palm and squeeze out the water until it runs clear.

You should have perfectly clean, disinfected brushes that have been re-conditioned with the olive oil.
Remember the disinfectant soap strips the brush of all it's conditioning so you don't want to skip the olive oil step.

Step four:
Blot dry your brushes of any excess water with a paper towel.

Step five:
Storage of your brushes as they dry is one of the most important steps. Do not dry them with the bristles facing up as the water will seep down and loosen the glue, ruining the brush over time. The hairs will also begin to fall out. Instead, store your brushes bristle side down. If you have brush guards use those over the bristles to protect them from dust and particles which contaminate the brush all over again. If you don't have brush guards, just be sure to store your brush upside down while it dries.

Hope you all try it out! It's very inexpensive and works very well. Keep it glam! xoxo


Couture Carrie said...

Thanks for the reminder and tips, darling!
Fab post!



Great tips sweetie! I'm sooo bad at that if you can believe. And I work in the cosmetics industry. What's wrong with me??? :)

Anonymous said...

I've never used olive oil before, I just stick to my mac brush cleanser. But I will give this a try!

Diana Mieczan said...

Those are a very good tips...I will try them:) Thanks,sweetie:)

this free bird said...

Brilliant. Thanks so much for the step by step because this is on my to-do list. Perfect timing my dear!

Alex said...

What a good tip, I'll have to give this a try!

Trish said...

What a great post, I really needed this, I have never been good about cleaning my makeup brushes! Thanks Eva (I mean Taj! Eva can't hold a candle next to you!) Have a great rest of your week beautiful! xoxox

Anonymous said...

Great tips Taj :)

Fashion Cappuccino said...

That's how I will clean my brushes from now on!! Thank you!! xoxoxoxoxo

Lannie said...

these are great tips! i've always wondered how to do this... haven't cleaned my brushes in years! xoxo

Tzoulia Kadoglou said...

found them in an other blog...but i saw u post them also...ok i can tell u of i copy them for your blog...but i dont know why because u dont have the rights for them but i will :)
have a good night!

MarchMusings said...

I do clean my brushes with soap and water, never knew of the olive oil but will add that from now on. Thanks!

Josie said...

Thank you SO much for the tips. I super need to clean my brushes a lot more often -- it gets pretty bad really fast!
xo Josie

Noble Beeyotch said...

I had no idea cleaning a makeup brush would be such a task. thanks for sharing this!

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A.Co said...

Wow, great tutorial... I never knew how to clean my brushes and this is simple and great! Thanks girl!!! :)

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Yaary said...

great advices here girl.. very important clean out brushes ;)

Sovina said...

well i am so lazy that i don't wash mine a lot..but your tips make it sound as a super easy job..will definitely try the oil thing :)

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Thank you so much for this post!! I so needed this right now. I didn't know I should clean my brushes this often. I will now!!

Ines said...

My Darling-

I LOVE olive oil! It´s the best for the skin! It contains lots of vitamine E!

I use it, to get my make up off-
I use it as a bath oil- and when I showered- I take a wet flannel with olive oil and that´s the way, I get dry after showering - I go with the olive oil impregnated flannel over my skin- it´s better than any bodylotion.
I react in an allergy way to perfume on my skin- that´s why I always use natural, biologic things for my skin... now, my skin is healthy and I have no folds- and I am 43!

I will try out the way to clean my brushes :-)

It´s such a wonderful post, dear- great photos :-) and thank you for sharing your wonderful tipps!

Love and kisses- Ines

Anonymous said...

Great post, thank you for sharing these wonderful (and helpful!) tips!

Would also like to share one of mine: If you use olive oil as a body lotion (as some people do) you can try to mix it with a few drops of pure lavender oil for a lovely and all natural scent. Of course this also works out well with rose oil, or whatever you like!

Have a nice day!

Audrey Allure said...

Great tip!

what i would have worn... said...

Great tip. Isn't olive oil wonderful? So versatile.

Keith said...

Those are great tips. Thanks for sharing those with us.

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Christie said...

So important - I'm always telling my clients to clean their brushes!

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CCWai said...

Thanks for the step-to-step instructions.
I always wondered what's the right way of doing this.

Valerie said...

This is so interesting, I've never used olive oil to clean brushes. I'm going to try this! Great post!


Pop Champagne said...

thanks for doing the post. lol I store my brushes facing up sooo I am going to have to fix that!

My Republic of Fashion said...

Great post. I must clean my brushes more often, definitely don't do it enough. SarahD:)

Taylor said...

This is EXTREMELY helpful! Thanks for the tips, I think I will do that right about now! Haha!

The Allure House said...

I saw it. At least she could give the credits.
I commented her page, but in a polite way. I think you're gonna laugh. :)


Cheryl: Oh to Be a Muse said...

that sounds super easy to do and very informative. thanks luv!

A Casa da Vá said...

So I finally learn how to clean my brushes - thank you for the step by step guidance! And also thank you for the blessings and prayers - so lovely of you!

hélène said...

Great tips!! My facialist is always so adamant about me cleaning my makeup pads and brushes, it's so important for your skin and often people really don't think about it!


iheartkiwi said...

what great advice! i will definitely be trying it out!

The Allure House said...

Great advice! Really helpful :)
And yes dear, I guess we should feel flattered looool

kumar said...

great makeup kit nice post

g e o r g i a ~ g i g i said...

Olive oil, who knew! Thanks Taj for the great glam tip!
Hope you are having a great week :)

knk said...

nice advice i like it , may be i will suggest others

Duchess of Tea said...

Brilliant idea my darling, I am off to clean my brushes.

Love & hugs

Leia said...

great tips! I need to clean my brushes!

liz said...

agh this is wonderful advice!!! i will
definitely use the olive oil next time, its fun
to clean my foundation brush because i see so
much product coming off but then im like wow
ewww all that was in there lol.

im trying to get to the beggining of your blog-
posts but its impossible! haha you've blogged
alot, xD.

where do you work?

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