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Sooo I see people ask all the time “How do I clean my brushes?”. Well this is how I do it!

  1. Assemble items: dirty brushes, dish soap, olive oil/grapeseed oil, a small bowl, towels or brush guards and jars.
  2. Prepare drying station! Now this all depends on whether you are going to be using brush guards for drying or towels. If you’re using towels then I suggest laying out a hand towel on the counter, then rolling up a hand towel and placing that at on one end of the other hand towel, then take a wash cloth or two depending on how many brushes you’re going to be washing, roll that up and place it further down on the hand towel from the other rolled up towel. This provides a downward angle for your brushes to dry so water doesn’t get into the ferrule.
  3. Select a brush and wet it making sure you keep the bristles pointed down.
  4. If you’re like me and you have a giant costco sized container of dish soap you can pour some into a small bowl and dip your finger in to add soap to your hand, if not then just pour a little soap about the size of a pea into your hand and just a few drops of oil.
  5. Now you may take your wet brush and swirl it around your hand until the bubbles are nice and dirty.
  6. Once you’ve sufficiently swirled your brush around and dirtied your bubbles you may now rinse your brush. Again make sure you keep it angled down to avoid any water damage to the glue inside the ferrule. I like to rinse off my hand at this time and swirl the brush around my hand a little bit to make sure it gets squeaky clean.
  7. Once you’re done rinsing squeeze the excess water from the brush from the ferrule down to the bristles. If the water isn’t clean when you squeeze it out simply repeat step 5 and 6 until the water squeezes clean.
  8. Now that you’ve squeezed the excess water from your brush you’re ready to dry! If you are choosing to use brush guards simply slide on the brush guard from the tip of the handle towards the bristles and place the brush guard down in a cup or jar to dry. If you’re using the towel method simple lay your brushes bristle down on the wash cloth and handle up on the rolled up hand towel. This gives your brushes a slight downward angle so water doesn’t drip back into the ferrule and damage the handle or glue causing bristles to fall out.
  9. Just rinse and repeat for all your brushes!

And uh that’s it. It’s pretty easy!

Now how often should you clean your brushes? Honestly? Every day is ideal, but most people don’t take the time to do that. I keep on hand several essence shadow and liner brushes, they’re cheap and work really well. This way I can rotate out without having to wash them as often. My other brushes I try to wash once a week but here’s a handy guideline:

Foundation Brushes – Foundation brushes really should be washed at least once a week, if you suffer from acne it’s more beneficial to your skin if you wash them daily. If you’re not up to that then I suggest keeping several foundation brushes on hand so you can rotate.
Finishing Powder, Bronzer and Blush Brushes – Clean these at least once a week.
Eyeshadow Brushes – Unless you’re rotating them out I’d really recommend cleaning them every two – three days.
Eyeliner Brushes – These should be cleaned after every use, especially if you’re using a foiling medium or sealant.

Now why is it important to keep your brushes clean? Washing your brushes on a regular basis helps keep them free of old makeup, dirt and debris, bacteria, oil, and dead skin cells. It’s even more important for those who suffer from acne or other skin problems. Keeping your brushes clean helps take care of your skin. It also increases the life of your brushes, meaning over time you spend less money on replacing them. Keeping your brushes clean also helps prevent excess oil, bacteria and such from getting into your makeup[1. I know mineral makeup is very unlikely to breed bacteria unless say water is introduced, but let’s be on the safe side shall we?]. And on that note, please don’t share, and please don’t use the icky testing stations at Sephora and other places… It’s a breeding ground for infection and really gross. :SICK:

Next DIY installment will be on how to keep your makeup sanitary!


Let me start off by saying I know there’s a whole slew of videos and instructional posts on how to depot these pencils, I’m adding my own anyways! Who knows maybe someone hasn’t seen this yet. Now let me say, I loathe watching videos. It’s really a combination of it making me literally car sick to see, and I’ve been using Kai’s old laptop since my health got really bad and it takes me at least 10+ minutes to just partially load a video. I also know I’m not the only one who loathes video tutorials! ;) Let me also add that this works on the wetnwild idol eyes. I actually took photos of the process using a wetnwild pencil. Photo thumbnails are displayed in order.

Now! You’ll need the following things:

  1. An old towel or paper towels.
  2. A microwave safe glass, or two or three.
  3. Pliers to remove the plastic cap at the end of the pencils. Please note, sometimes it’s metal.
  4. Empty 5 gram jars with lids, with labels.
  5. Pencils to depot.
  6. A microwave.
  7. A refrigerator. xd

Alrighty! You want to lay your towel out to protect the surface you’re working on. Take your pliers and remove the cap at the end of your pencils. It’s a 50/50 chance of them being glued on. Two of mine weren’t glued and came off fairly easy, the other two were glued on and ended up breaking the ends of the tube when I got them off. On that note, be careful if you break the ends because they can and will leak out the end and go all over your cup.

Once you have the caps off the end of the pencils take an empty jar and set it inside your microwave safe cup, now place the pencil tip down into the jar, so that the butt end of the pencil is resting against the inside of the cup. Now place the pencil inside the jar, inside the microwave safe cup, into the microwave. You’ll want to start with 30 second increments so you can see how long it takes your pencil to melt into the jar. My pencils took anywhere from 2-3 minutes per pencil to fully melt. Also note, if you have a minute plus button, don’t use it. For whatever reason it doesn’t get hot enough to melt the pencils and you end up having to nuke it for a much longer period of time.

Once your pencil is empty be careful taking it out, the cup will be hot. Use your pliers to carefully pull the empty pencil out of the cup. If you’re like me and you used a cup that isn’t that wide you’ll want to use the pliers to carefully grab the edge of the jar and lift it out as well. It will be hot so be careful if you’re taking it out with your hands. Now that you’ve successfully de-potted your NYX or other brand pencil you’ll want to place the jar into the refrigerator for around 10 minutes. This will allow it to solidify. If you have a lot of pencils or a poor memory you’ll want to put labels on your jars to identify your melted pencils. I however like to live on the edge and didn’t label mine.

Easy peasy! Behold step by mostly step photos!


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