So E Coli and Staphylococcus Could be Chillin’ in Your Makeup Brushes! An Easy-n-Quick Way to Clean Them.

29 Jan

Hey Y’aaaaall!

So I know this has absolutely nothing to do with makeup brushes, but my big sister just had her baby last night and I am so freakin’ excited! Isn’t him the absolute cutest!?!?!? I just wanna kiss all over those cheeks! photo 1It’s also my girl Oprah’s b-day today! She’s 60 and FAB-U-LOUUUUUS!

Okay, so moving onto today’s talk. Did you know that your makeup brushes could be the breeding ground for all kinds of bacteria we can’t pronounce, like staphylococcus aka staph? Staph is a group of bacteria that infects tissues of the body and causes various diseases. The list of bacteria that could be living between your bristles is extensive: e coli, pseudomonas aeruginosa, streptococcus, etc. Even if you don’t get a serious disease from unclean brushes, you can still suffer from skin issues, like acne, breakouts and rashes, clogged pores, black heads and so on. Skin care goes beyond facial soap and toning. You have to clean your cosmetic applicators as well. Not cleaning your brushes also contaminates your makeup. If your brushes are dirty and you dip them in your foundation and eye shadow, then naturally your cosmetics get dirty. Not to mention, makeup brushes can be expensive and cleaning them will keep them lasting longer. I suggest cleaning them once every 2 weeks. If you wear makeup every day though or use heavy applications, you may want to cleanse your brushes once a week. Here’s a quick, easy and cheap way to keep them clean.

What You’ll Need:

  • Water, of course
  • Dawn or baby shampoo (to clean)
  • Olive Oil (to soften and moisturize)
  • Plastic bowl
  • Clean cloth


  1. Wet the bristles and get out as much debris as you can by simply rubbing them under the water with your fingers.
  2. Apply a pea-size amount of Dawn dish liquid or baby shampoo to the brush bristles and rinse away the rest of the excess makeup. Don’t use too 3
  3. In your clean plastic bowl, squeeze a drop of Dawn dish soap or baby shampoo and pour a cap full of olive oil and mix with lukewarm water. Place your brushes in the bowl. You don’t want to fill the bowl up; just enough to cover the brush 5
  4. Swish the brushes around for a few seconds and then let them sit for about 10 2
  5. Take the brushes out of the water and pour the water out of the bowl. Rinse the brushes thoroughly so that no soap suds or makeup debris is left in the bristles. The water rinsing off of your brushes should be perfectly clear.
  6. Gently fling the excess water and squeeze the brush bristles dry with a clean, dry cloth. Don’t vigorously rub the brushes against the cloth; just gently squeeze.
  7. Lay the cloth on a flat and clean surface and then lay the brushes on the cloth to 4

It really takes no time. You can do it on a Saturday night, right after you’ve dolled up and before you get ready to step out. By the time you get back in, your brushes will be clean and dry!


3 Responses to “So E Coli and Staphylococcus Could be Chillin’ in Your Makeup Brushes! An Easy-n-Quick Way to Clean Them.”

  1. Summyr January 29, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    Such a great tip! I never thought to use olive oil along with soap …Thanks Essence!


  2. sudom121 February 3, 2014 at 5:38 am #

    Since Ive been here I dont use make up brushes (bc i dont wear makeup often) haha but when I get back Im definitely using these tips! Great work!


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