How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Properly

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Learning how to clean your makeup brushes properly can save money and eliminate waste.  I used to buy the little disposable makeup brushes and sponges and then toss them when they needed to be replaced.  There were times I’d toss a regular makeup brush rather than washing it because I wasn’t sure exactly how to wash it properly. Eventually, I invested in a nicer quality makeup brush, and I didn’t want to throw it away. That meant that I needed to learn the right way to clean it. This post contains affiliate links.

How to clean your makeup brushes properly

How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Properly

Makeup brushes need to be cleaned to remove old makeup, dirt, bacteria, oils from your skin, and dead skin cells.  You don’t want to keep transferring dirt and oil from your face to your makeup brush to your makeup and back again. That can not only cause acne breakouts, it can damage your makeup and make it difficult to apply properly. Taking care of your makeup brush will help your makeup last longer and stop the spread of bacteria.

Ideally, makeup brushes should be cleaned once a week to keep them soft and supple.  Learning how to clean your makeup brushes properly means you will be able to extend the life of your brushes. I recommend investing in a quality set of makeup brushes and taking care of them properly to make them last as long as possible. This is the process I use to clean make makeup brushes.

  • Wet the hairs of your makeup brush under lukewarm running water gently.
  • Using a makeup brush cleaning solution, gently work a lather into the brush. If you’d rather not invest in a makeup brush cleaner, you can use a very mild shampoo instead. If you use shampoo, make sure there is NO conditioner because that can coat the hairs on the brush and ruin it.
  • Rinse the suds from the brush with cool water and then repeat until the water runs clear.
  • Pat the brush on a paper towel or soft towel to remove excess water. Never rub or press firmly.
  • Set the brush bristles up in a glass to allow the brush to dry. Don’t lay the brush flat or lean it against something or the bristles may dry in the wrong shape which will interfere with how your makeup is applied.
  • Let the makeup brushes dry completely before you use them again.

I find that this method of cleaning my makeup brushes works best for all different types of makeup brushes whether they are the expensive ones or the ones from the dollar stores.  Use care not to get the handle of your makeup brushes wet as that can have an effect on how long the makeup brush lasts.  Also, be certain to be gentle when washing your makeup brushes.  Washing them too vigorously can cause the bristles of your makeup brush to fall out.

When was the last time that you cleaned your makeup brushes and what method did you use?

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2 thoughts on “How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Properly”

  1. This post sort of opened my eyes on how important it is to clean my make up brushes a lot more often than I’ve been doing. I guess I didn’t realize that cleaning them can be as simple as using mild shampoo and warm water. I was imagining it would require specialized cleaning solutions since that’s what I used the last time I cleaned them. I will definitely clean my brushes from now on, at least regularly so that I can keep them longer and probably improve my own make up process as well as keep my skin protected from germs. Thanks for this post!

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