WNLSY: Dirty Makeup Brushes! Cleaning Up What No Longer Serves You

I’m thrilled to kick off this year with a new blog post series that will guide you in identifying what is no longer serving you – because who doesn’t want to clear some clutter this month?!

Over the next 4 weeks, you can expect to see a weekly blog post from me to assist you in simplifying one small thing in your life, whether it be decluttering items from your makeup bag or crossing off a nonnegotiable task from your list to make time for yourself.

It will be titled “What’s No Longer Serving You” or “WNLSY” for short 😉

Don’t worry – we’ll keep it simple. This series is designed to be super doable, so that you can implement what we talk about within minutes! I know you have a full schedule and a lot on your plate… and I want this to serve you!

That being said, let’s talk about what isn’t serving you right now.

Dirty makeup brushes. Yep, I said it. And if you’re feeling totally called out, know that you’re not alone. I need to work on this myself!

How to clean your dirty makeup brushes

Did you know that the American Academy of Dermatology advises washing your makeup brushes/sponges every 7-10 days?! I am totally called out! This is definitely something that I plan to do more often in 2024. If you aren’t using your makeup brushes on a daily basis, I’d say you could go a little longer in between washes.

So why does this matter?

It’s important to wash your makeup brushes frequently for several reasons:

Anything that is on your face like bacteria, dead skin cells, dirt or oil will be transferred to your makeup brush when you use it. Enough said.

When you have a clean brush, your makeup application will go on much smoother!

Here’s the simplest and best way to clean your makeup brushes:

I recommend using either the Citrus Mimosa Body Wash or the Charcoal Bar to wash your brushes.

To start, wash your brushes under lukewarm water. Grab a bowl or a silicone mat if you have one, put a small drop of soap (or suds from the charcoal bar) onto your brush and swirl it in the water. You can even massage the brush tip in the palm of your hand to get a really good deep clean. I’ve done this before and I was both amazed and horrified by how much foundation came off of my brush!

Rinse your brush under running water (lukewarm is best), and repeat the process until the water runs clear from the brush. Once you’re done, squeeze any water off of the brush and lay it down on a towel to dry.

I know it’s an extra step, but it’s an important one for the health of your makeup brushes and your skin!

I’d love to know if you have any makeup brushes that you love. If so, send me a DM on IG @lifelikelunden and let me know 🙂

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