How to Clean Your
Makeup Brushes

how to clean your makeup brushes

When you use makeup brushes, traces of the makeup as well as oil and dirt get trapped in the bristle. When you use them again the next time, they can clog the pores of your skin and lead to breakouts and other skin problems. In addition, makeup build-up on your brushes can make them feel scratchy.

Washing your makeup brushes weekly is good hygiene. Regular cleaning will help remove old makeup, dirt and debris, dead skin cells, bacteria, and oils. Not to mention, quality makeup brushes are quite expensive and so you should try to keep them clean. Regular cleaning is also key to maintaining bristle softness and extending the life of your brushes.

Keep your brushes clean with this easy five-step cleaning regimen:

1. Wet: First wet the fibres of the brush with warm water holding them downwards. Do not hold them upwards or it may allow water to get into the ferrule and loosen the glue holding the brush to the handle.

2. Lather: Using unscented bar soap, or a penny sized amount of dish detergent or baby shampoo, lather it into the fibres to begin washing the makeup out. Avoid lathering too vigorously to protect the integrity and shape of the tip of the brush.

3. Rinse: Use warm water to rinse the fibres free of all makeup and shampoo. Do not stop rinsing until the water running through the brush fibres runs clear. Avoid getting the barrel below the bristles wet, as this can cause the bristles to loosen and fall out.

4. Reshape: Gently encourage the water out without ‘ringing’ the fibres. Reshape them into the same form they were prior to washing.

5. Dry: Lay the tip of the brush over the edge of a counter to dry overnight. Laying it over the edge will allow ventilation from all sides, drying the brush fibres quickly. This will also prevent the brush from getting a matted shape on one side. If either the ferrule or the handle become wet, dry them off with a towel.

Bonus Tip: For brushes that are extra cakey, use a dab of almond or olive oil to break down the residue before washing.

How often should you clean your makeup brushes?

As long as your skin is clear and you aren’t dealing with any allergies or infections, you can get away with cleaning your brushes every two weeks. However,  if you have sensitive or oily skin and are prone to breakouts, consider washing your makeup brushes once a week.


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