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A Better Way to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Last week, another blogger encouraged me to watch Michelle Phan’s YouTube beauty and makeup tutorials.  I’m not a huge fan of video blogs in general, (I studied broadcasting so the jumpy cuts and shaky camera work gives me nightmares) but there are a few out there who do a great job and Michelle is definitely one of them. 

Imagine my surprise, however, when I watched her video on how to wash you makeup brushes and found out I’ve been doing it all wrong.  (Bad, Belle, bad.)  I tried her method last night, and I am completely converted.  I even ordered a set of brush guards like the ones she uses in the video.  

If you’re looking to perfectly clean your brushes and banish bacteria, dirt and oil from your face, check out this video and Michelle’s YouTube channel.  You will be glad you did.


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  1. C says:

    I looked through her archives, and found nothing, but I'm curious: does anyone know if this works with synthetic brushes? Logic says no, and I'm not about to test it and end up with a greasy slick brush.

    August 25, 2011/Reply
  2. Kristina says:

    Belle, I had no idea I was cleaning my brushes improperly! I am so grossed out thinking about all that bacteria going right back onto my skin. Thank you for posting this. I too am now a convert.

    August 26, 2011/Reply
  3. Alisha says:

    Thanks for posting this! I'm new to makeup and have already ruined two brush sets. After washing them I ended up with useless brushes because I'd end up with brush hairs all over my face. I thought it was because I wasn't buying nice enough brushes. But after watching this, I think it's because the way I stored them caused water to get into the glue. Very good tips.

    – Alisha

    August 26, 2011/Reply