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Brush it off…

November 24, 2010

If I had a penny for each time a customer walked into the BE Boutique where I use to work and wanted to return a brush that they had destroyed while washing, I’d be a bajillionaire. You’d think that properly washing your brushes wouldn’t be hard, but it kind of is. The directions aren’t extremely clear and unfortunately it requires a bit more time and patience than most people are willing to give it. For anyone with questions about the process, here is a very brief blog about washing your Bare Escentual makeup brushes. Hopefully you’ll learn something you didn’t know, and hopefully I’m going to save the ladies at BE Boutiques nationwide the pain of hearing any of the below listed dialogue…


No ma’am, you should not have put your $20.00+ makeup brushes in a sink full of soapy water….

No ma’am, you should not have used dish soap, dog shampoo, or baby shampoo on your brushes. Those are for dishes, dogs and babies, not makeup brushes.


First, your bristles are glued inside the metal part of your brush. The glue is domed shape. You can get water up there. And the water can weaken the glue and make your bristles fall out.

How can you keep the water from getting inside the “well” of your brush? Keep those bristles pointed down towards the sink, and never allow them to angle up towards the ceiling. Also, never submerge your brushes or throw them in a sink full of soapy water.

Secondly, only use a shampoo that is specifically formulated for brushes. I know, it seems like baby shampoo would work just as well. And yes, I know, it seems like dog shampoo would work great on something made from horse, pony or goat hair. But trust me, they don’t. They fail to remove all of the makeup while still conditioning your bristles. Get BE’s Well Cared For Brush Shampoo, it lasts forever and makes your brushes feel brand new.

Keep those bristles pointed down towards the sink!


Once you have those two things covered you can start washing. First wet the bristles, but remember to keep the bristles pointed toward the sink and not to angle it upwards so that water is able to enter the well of the brush. Put a pea size amount of the shampoo in the palm of your hand and carefully swirl the brush into the shampoo. Repeat until all of the makeup seems to be out of the brush. Reshape the bristles and set aside.


Gently reshape your bristles after washing.


“No ma’am, you should not have put your brushes in the dryer.”

“No ma’am, rubbing your brush back and forth on a towel will not assist with the drying process, but it will assist in transforming your brush into a matted mess.”


Once all of your brushes have been shampooed and reshaped, they are ready to dry! This step is very simple but very important. They should be placed neatly on a towel and left overnight (or for at least 8 hours) to dry. You should not try to blow dry them, put them in a dryer or even set a fan on them. If you want them to retain their shape and smooth bristles, simply letting them set still is the best option. Make sure you don’t use your brushes before they are completely dry.

Let your brushes dry flat over night. (can you tell that I have some specific favorites that I had to get more than one of?)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. shannon permalink
    November 24, 2010 06:48

    Omg I love this! I wonder if E would let us post this in front of the cash wrap… ;)

  2. Anne permalink
    November 24, 2010 07:42

    Whew! I was relieved to read I was cleaning my brushes correctly. One of these days we should go to BE together :)


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