How to Clean Makeup Brushes

October 10, 2012

Out of all the girly things I love, cleaning my brushes is my least favorite, but most important thing I do. Being sanitary with makeup brushes is super important because it keeps your skin clear of dirt, germs, and any bacteria that can get in the bristles over time with use.

Cleaning your makeup brushes is just as important as washing your washcloth, exfoliating gloves, clothes, sheets, etc. Anything that touches your skin should be cleaned, but loads of people don’t know the importance of cleaning their makeup brushes.

That’s why I’m here to provide a quick “HOW-TO”¬†for you!

There are a few different options for brush cleaner, but for me I use baby shampoo.

If you want to get fancy and pay for a more expensive spray that’s up to you, but baby shampoo is gentle and is perfect for all brushes from expensive(MAC) to inexpensive(elf).

Step 1: Use a dime size amount of shampoo (or cleanser of your choice) in your hand to clean your brush.

Depending on the size of brush you may need a little more, but don’t use too much or you’ll spend a lot of time rinsing.

Step 2: Wet your brush and swirl around in shampoo.

You should see pigments from makeup, but if not don’t worry it’s still getting clean. Just swirl until you think it’s enough.

Remember not to press down hard or you could tear bristles from your brush. Also, if your brush is on the less expensive side be careful how far down you go with the lather because the glue could come loose with the water and bristles could fall out.

Step 3: Rinse your brush.

When rinsing your water shouldn’t be on the highest pressure. You want to gently rinse the brush to get out all the suds. ¬†Remember not to tug and tear at bristles.

Step 4: Pat dry and Form

To get your brush back to its original form you need to lay it flat, press out excess water, and gently form it to its original shape.

Step 5: Let Dry

I’ve found that my brushes dry faster and better all around when placed on an incline on towels.

One towel is flat and one is rolled up for the brushes to lean against. This allows the brushes to dry evenly and help keep their form. I let them dry overnight just to make sure they aren’t damp when I put them back in the drawer.

It’s best to give your brushes a good cleaning every week, but at least once a month. It keeps your skin clear helps your brushes last longer clearing them of buildup that forms after each use. It also keeps them soft so your makeup goes on smooth!

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1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm

I’m going to do this right now. I’ts disgusting how long it’s been since I’ve cleaned brushes. Especially my powder brush. *shudder*

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2 Heather @ Better With Veggies October 15, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Great tip! I try to remember to do mine weekly, but honestly it’s usually every few weeks. :)

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