Weekend Challenge #4

My makeup bag seems to get very messy very quickly. I am terrible about buying makeup, so I use a makeup subscription service that sends me new items every month, which means that my makeup bag tends to fill up fast!

On top of that, everything seems to get coated in loose eyeshadow or powder, and the inside of my makeup bag looks like an eyeshadow palette exploded!

And don’t even get me started about my makeup brushes.

According to a survey by Harris Poll, 39% of women who use makeup brushes clean them less than twice a month, and 22% never clean their brushes at all. That means that 61% of women who use makeup brushes do not clean them often enough!

Cleaning makeup brushes can feel like a chore, but failure to clean your brushes not only means they will wear out more quickly, but it also means they are a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that lead to blemishes. Eww!

So, how often should we be cleaning our brushes? It depends on how often we use them, whether we have dry or oily skin, and how prone we are to breakouts, but at the very least, we should be cleaning them 1-2 times a month. I like to clean mine once a week.

In light of this, this week’s Weekend Challenge is:

Makeup Brush/Bag Challenge

What you will need:

  1. A brush cleaning solution. Do not use regular soap and water! Soaps can be harsh and dry out your bristles if they are not properly conditioned. If you aren’t sure what to use, here are a couple of recipes:

    Castile soap/liquid coconut oil recipe
    Coconut oil/lemon juice recipe
    Dish soap / EVOO recipe

    If you would rather purchase something, Japonesque has a great cleansing balm that makes cleaning brushes a snap!

  2. A wet cloth, baby wipe, or makeup removal wipe.

What to do:

  1. Clean those brushes! The recipes I linked to above have some step-by-step instructions, so if you are using one of those or another DIY recipe, make sure to follow the instructions!
  2. Make sure to gently squeeze any excess water out of your brushes and either lay them flat, or hang them brush side down to dry.
  3. While you’re at it, dump everything out of your makeup bag. Wipe down each item with a wet cloth (I like to use one of my makeup removal wipes). Throw away any old makeup and set aside any makeup you don’t use very often to put away elsewhere. Finally, wipe down the inside of your makeup bag. Use a little vinegar/warm water mixture to sanitize it.

I find it easiest to clean my brushes right after I have done my makeup, because they will have a full 24 hours to dry before I need to use them again.

Take some time this weekend to clean your makeup brushes and bag, and then work it into your schedule at least once or twice each month! Your brushes will thank you – and so will your skin!

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