How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes


If you are a bit of hygiene freak like I am, you probably hate seeing your makeup brushes just hanging around. You’d be surprised to know how much dirt they can absorb, and how much gunk can get into them.

I know that cleaning makeup brushes is not the most glamorous task you can do, but it is essential to your health. Let me just say that you cannot expect to get clean, shiny, healthy and beautiful skin without cleaning your makeup brushes. Think of the cleaning process as a beauty routine.

Clogged pores and breakouts are the result of not cleaning your brushes. And on a more important note, since you are investing good money into makeup brushes, it would be good to keep them longer. Cleaning the brushes extends their lifetime. So let’s take a look at few ways to clean your makeup brushes.

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Method 1: Simple Water Cleanse

Let’s start with the simple and easy method. Rinse the bristles under water, making sure that water doesn’t touch anything above the handle of the brush. Now, apply some soap on your hand (but only a little bit). Massage / swipe the brush in the soap on your hand. After soaping it up, rinse your brush again. The last step is to squeeze the water out by gently pressing the bristles with your finger. After you’ve squeezed out the excess water, place your brush on a towel and let it air dry.

Repeat the steps with each brush you need to clean.

Method 2: Baby Shampoo

This is very similar to the first method, with the main difference being the products we use for cleaning. Quick and effective, this tutorial will help you prolong the life of your makeup accessories.

Start by running your brush bristles under water. Again, wet only the bristles. You can do that by pointing the brush downwards.

Now it’s time for the crucial step—dispensing a small amount of baby shampoo into your hand. You don’t need much, just a nickel-sized amount. Swirl the bristles in the shampoo, and continue doing so until you get a rich lather.

Rinse the brush under lukewarm water. Rinse more than usual, as the baby shampoo can be oily and it requires more water for rinsing. Squeeze the excess water with your fingers. One thing to note: if the squeezed water is dirty, I’d recommend repeating the process. You know you’ve done a good job when you see that the water runs clear.

You can use a cloth to dry off the bristles. And I would also recommend you reshape the bristles as you dry them off.

Bonus Tips

  • Clean your makeup brushes every time after applying makeup. If this is too much for you, clean your brushes at least once a week.
  • However, synthetic brushes need to be cleaned every other day. Synthetic brushes are those you use for cream-based and water-based makeup.
  • When you dry off your brushes, be careful how you store them. Don’t store them upright, as this will allow the water to soak down into the shaft, causing the bristles to loosen (and then you’ll need a new brush, since this one is ruined). However, once your brush is completely dry, you can store it upright.
  • For an antiseptic effect and benefits, mix some tea tree oil with the shampoo you use for cleaning your makeup brushes.
  • Leave your brushes under an air conditioner to soften the bristles.
  • If you are in a hurry, you can dry your brushes on top of a radiator.

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