How To Clean Makeup Brushes With Coconut Oil


Coconut oil strikes again! It seems like coconut oil is used for everything these days. Hair masks, makeup remover, face moisturizer, so on and so on. I myself have perpetuated this ( here. here too. ) and I stick by it one hundred percent! I swear by coconut oil, especially as a moisturizer. Today, though, we are switching gears just a bit.

There are two essential factors in maintaing clear bright skin: daily cleansing of the skin, and clean makeup brushes! When the residue from various makeup products, and the natural oil from your skin, are allowed to sit on the bristles of your brushes, they harbor and foster bacteria. Every time you swirl that brush around in a makeup product you transfer all of the dirt, dead skin cells, and bacteria that are trapped in the bristles into that product. It is essential to clean your makeup brushes to nurture  clear, luminescent skin, and increase the longevity of your makeup products. All of the grime trapped in your makeup brushes ( and makeup products by exposure ) can cause acne; the bane of a every woman’s existence. So clean those brushes, girls!

I have to admit, I have not always been good about cleaning my makeup brushes. Once I started cleaning them regularly, I saw a great improvement in my skin! Bye bye breakouts!  

So how often should you clean your makeup brushes? This depends on what kind of products you use and where you store your brushes. If you keep your makeup brushes on your bathroom vanity, or you use liquid foundation, clean your brushes at least once a week. Twice is better. Eye shadow brushes can go a little longer. Once every two weeks or so will do the trick.
You Will Need:
2 teaspoons of coconut oil ( liquid form )
3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
small bowl
clean cloth or paper towels ( for drying )

In a small bowl combine 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. If the coconut oil has solidified, microwave it for 40 seconds to liquify. Swirl your makeup brushes around in the coconut oil and lemon mixture. The makeup will immediately pull out of the bristles. Rinse brushes thoroughly with warm water and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Set out on a clean cloth to finish air drying. 
+ If your brushes seem to have a bit of coconut oil left on the bristles just swirl them around in a bit more lemon juice. The acid with break down the oil. Rinse well with water!
You can use this mixture to clean your eyelash curler as well! Simply wet your fingers in the coconut oil and lemon juice and rub off any caked on mascara, eyeshadow, and bacteria that may have accumulated on your curler. Rinse with water, and dry. 
The coconut oil pulls out all of the old makeup and bacteria from the bristles, and the lemon juice helps kill that nasty bacteria; Essentially disinfecting your brushes/curler. It is just that simple! No pain. No fuss.

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