Drs. Rx: Do Olive Oil and Your Makeup Brushes Mix?


For today’s doctor’s prescription Dr. Batra has a make-up brush cleaning tip, and a common kitchen ingredient is the key component to keeping germs off your face. To explain Dr. B. Well should we do the reveal? That ingredient is olive oil. Yes! So the interesting thing is most of us, thanks for that applause. Most of us know about soap and shampoo to clean our make-up brushes, but the added ingredient of olive oil is so useful for heavy duty foundation or waterproof make-up, and it goes back to high school chemistry, which I love which is that like dissolves like. So when you have something oil based it’s going to dissolve something that’s oily, and then you have the soap or the shampoo to get rid of the pigment or dirt or anything water based on your brushes. So what do I do? Guide me. So first thing you would do is you would take a little bit of that dish soap or shampoo or– Just a little dab would do me? Yeah, no actually in the palm of your hand. Okay. And so then you wanna take that make-up brush, swish it around in the water or you can run it under you sink, and you can also if you have a heavier make-up or you really wanna soften the bristles put a couple dabs of the olive oil right into that soak too. Sorry, this is a multi-part instruction, and the idea, the best way to wash this is to actually take the brush in your hand and use it and have the soap and the oil, well done, actually solubilize all that pigment and make-up on the brush and use your hand almost like a washboard. You can use it in the hand under running water and you’ll see, yeah, and you’ll see if it were a dirty brush you would see that make-up particle. You could brush it across your fingers as a washboard. And as it’s running under the water, you know when the water runs clean, that your make-up brush is nice and clean. And then the only other corollary, I would say, is once you’ve rinsed it off, you’ve gotten off all that greasy residue, ’cause you don’t want it to dry sticky, just try to dry it resting up kind of with the brush or the bristles facing down. Because a common, rookie mistake is to put it upright again, and then the water goes back into the barrel and it messes up those bristles, and they start to fall out. So when in doubt you could either lie it on its side on a towel or you can rest it like that, and then all the water goes down. And it’s so important because that way you don’t have bacteria or grime building up on your make-up brushes. Another little thing you can do if you want to do that extra little thing is put alcohol just rubbing alcohol even on the handle so there’s no bacteria left. Is she the brush guru or what? (audience clapping) I mean, my goodness gracious.

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