How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes are staples in every kit and caring for them is the best way to extend their life, and keep things hygienic. If it’s been a while since bubble baths for your brushes, we bet you’re not the only one who’s neglecting their tools. But washing your makeup brushes doesn’t have to be a chore and half an hour here and there will go a long way.

How often should you clean your makeup brushes?

If you’re a professional makeup artist, you’ll know that cleaning your brushes after every use is essential. For everyday makeup users, a daily wash can be a bit excessive so aim to give your brushes a really good wash at least once a week. It never hurts to be doing your best to keep your brushes clean day-to-day though. Brush off any excess onto a cotton pad soaked in micellar after each use and never store away wet brushes or beauty sponges.

What should you use to clean makeup brushes?

There are fancy brush cleaning products around that do a great job at breaking down makeup in your brushes and sponges and leaving them shiny like new. However, you don’t need to spend a fortune investing in something you’ll just be washing down the drain if you don’t want to. Instead, a gentle baby shampoo is a great alternative and you can even use a gentle hand soap if it’s all you have on hand.

Your step-by-step guide to cleaning your makeup brushes…

  1. Start by half filling a cup or mug with warm water and add a dollop of baby shampoo or gentle soap
  2. Run your brushes and sponges under warm water
  3. Swirl your brushes into the cup of water using the bottom of the cup to gently open up the bristles
  4. Rinse your brushes under some warm water and massage in another drop of soap if needed and repeat
  5. Always lay your brushes flat on a clean towel or piece of lint free paper towel to dry

When is it time to replace your makeup brushes?

It can be hard to let go of your favourite makeup brushes and sponges but they certainly don’t last forever, even the expensive ones. If your brushes aren’t letting go of leftover product, bristles are falling out or they smell less than fresh, it’s time to invest in a new set.


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