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How to Clean Your Eye Makeup Brushes: What to Use & Why

Eye makeup brushes. What should you use and how often should you actually clean them? I am going to divide this into 2 categories. You'll want to read both because the 1st category talks about why you should never get your eye makeup done at a makeup counter.



Do you have currently or have you had demodex mites blepharitis in your past?

If you're in the category of demodex blepharitis, you will want to do 2 very specific things.


Demodex can actually survive (although not for long) for a few hours on oils and sebum that get trapped inside the bristles of an eye makeup brush.

You definitely do not wanna go to makeup counters if you have or have had demodex blepharitis. For this reason, you definitely do not wanna share makeup with your friends and family.

When you are done applying eye makeup, add 1 pump of the foaming cleanser to the eye makeup brush and wash well under running warm water. If your eye makeup is a little bit more oil based / waterproof – it's gonna be a little bit more difficult to get off. You will still want to use the foaming cleanser with the tea tree oil, but in addition - spray the brush with our micellar water to remove the oil based eye makeup. Saturate the brush with the micellar water, add some elbow grease, then rinse off with warm water. Towel dry and let air dry on a clean towel.




If demodex is not a concern, you can choose either cleanser: foaming cleanser or micellar water. These work perfectly well. If you're in this category, how frequently should you actually wash eye makeup brushes?




My answer to this is to clean as often as possible. In an ideal world, after each use. But a good number would be at least once a week to at least once a month depending on the 3 things I mentioned above.

Love + Healthy Eyes,
Dr. Tanya Gill