Hello! Happy Thursday my friends!
Thank you to my beautiful , intelligent and all around lovely friend, Glenda for suggesting this post.

Cleaning your make up brushes is something that you hear everyone harp about. We've all heard how you are setting yourself up for horrid  infections, etc if you are using brushes that are not clean. I do think this is somewhat of a scare tactic. If it's just you who uses your brushes and you have not come in contact with any bacterial or viral infections, they probably wont make you sick.
However, this is NOT to say that you get a pass to not clean your brushes. Unclean brushes will give you a mucky, muddy application and likely acne... aint  nobody got time for that! :)

Cleaning your brushes and sponges does not, nor should not be an expensive or time consuming endeavor. First things first... DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON PRICEY  CLEANING SOLUTIONS that are marked as "brush cleaners"! I've seen this stuff being sold for over $50. That's a scam, plain and simple. Get yourself some original Blue Dawn dish soap. This is the what they use on animals that have been affected by oil spills. It's strong enough to get the oil off, but gentle enough that it won't harm an innocent animal.
The only thing I'd suggest purchasing, is this brush cleaning palette by Real Techniques. It is so easy to use, it fits in the back of your hand. The pivots and grooves truly help to get all of the product out of your brushes. It only costs between $12-15. Its worth every cent in my opinion.  Click here to purchase  ---> Real Techniques Brush Cleaning Palette  Just to reiterate... Nope, I do not make a cent off of you from these links!  #notanincomegengeratingblog .  Once you have everything ready to go, fill up your sink with warm water and a few squirts of Dawn. Add your brushes into the warm soapy water and let them soak for 5-10 minutes.
Don't be alarmed , the water will turn brown. Better that this is in your sink and not being rubbed onto your face.
For each brush, add an additional drop of soap or two to the cleaning palette. Then rub the brush all over the palette.

Once you have done this for each brush, be sure to rinse each one individually and thoroughly under running water.         
If it's a brush that is on the full side, wring it out after its rinsed. Once they are all cleaned and rinsed, just lay them flat to dry. This normally will take 10-12 hours. I like to do this in the afternoon so that they will be ready to go the next morning. If you need to speed this process up, you can use your hair dryer on the COOL setting.  I'd suggest waiting until the brushes are at least 2/3 dry before doing this though.
There is no doubt that "Beauty Blender" style sponges have become a staple for so many of us. Personally, I use mine to apply foundation, concealer and powder. Some folks use them for blush, contour and highlight as well. Hopefully, you rinse yours out very well after each use.  Even under the best conditions, they will become covered in product.
The good news is, cleaning these babies could not be easier! Fill a large mug or container with clean, soapy (Blue Dawn!) water. Drop your sponge(s) in and be sure they are fully submerged.
Now, just put the mug with your sponges in the microwave for 1 minute.  Once this is done, pour the mug out into your sink and run the sponges under cold water. DO NOT TOUCH THEM until after you have done this. You'll get burned badly if you do.
Once you have rinsed them, they will look good as new!


Well, I hope this helps! I hope that after seeing this, you'll see that giving your brushes a good cleaning is not daunting and is absolutely worth it .
Have a FANTASTIC weekend , lovelies!



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