June Photo Challenge: Day 16

Can’t Live Without

This is gonna make me sound overdramatic and crazy, but I can’t live without clean makeup brushes! The thought of using a brush that hasn’t been cleaned in a few months is appalling to me. I know, I sound like a germaphobe. But in my defense, I have really sensitive skin and have to be careful about what touches my face to begin with. I was surprised to learn that the very same makeup brushes making you feel beautiful can also make existing problems worse.

I remember trying to figure out why adults get acne *hand-raise* and stumbled upon this article. Long story short, Loyola Marymount University tested the bacteria on makeup brushes weekly, for one month, and found that the bacteria doubled within 2 weeks and then were immeasurable by one month. Don’t worry, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor too. And then I ran straight to the bathroom to scrub them.

MakeupBrush-8I use regular old baby wash and warm water. I figure if it’s gentle enough to remove makeup from my face, it’s perfect for these.


It’s quick, easy and so satisfying washing them. I’m still surprised at how much makeup comes out of these brushes! This is from the brush I use to apply BB cream.


 Yuck! When you’re satisfied, squeeze/shake/pinch out as much water as possible and lay them flat on a towel to dry.


Leave them out overnight and they’ll be ready for you bright and early. I highly recommend not blow-drying them! If you must, do it on the lowest heat setting – they are delicate and will fry just like your hair.

After cleaning these weekly and following my coconut oil regimen, I saw far fewer blackheads and pimples. Plus they work so much better! Helloooo, airbrush finish!


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