How To Clean Makeup Brushes The Right Way


How would you feel if you realized your face was covered in bacteria, oil, old makeup and dust? If you can’t remember the last time you washed your makeup brushes, this might be exactly what’s happening. (Hello, clogged pores and annoying breakouts.) Don’t worry, we have the essential info on how to properly clean your makeup brushes and tips for keeping them clean. Weekly maintenance is crucial (you heard us, weekly), so consider this your new Sunday ritual.

Say No To Dirty Brushes

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Why? You Ask

Before we get into the steps, let's discuss the importance of regular cleansing:

Hygiene: A weekly deep clean removes oils, dead skin cells, old makeup, dust and harmful bacteria that gets trapped between bristles and eventually makes its way to your pores.

Maintenance: Quality brushes are an investment, but if taken care of properly they can last years.

Performance: Cleaning your brushes keeps them soft and allows for smoother application.

Weekly Wash

Step 1: Olive oil and almond oil are great for breaking down thick product buildup. Pour a small amount of oil onto a paper towel and gently swirl the brush in circular motions, leaving product behind on the towel.

Step 2: With your fingers, work a few drops of antibacterial dish soap, baby shampoo or clarifying shampoo into a wet brush and rinse with lukewarm water. Continue until the water runs clear.

For Beauty Blenders: Soak under warm water and add a few drops of soap. Squeeze and massage soap into the sponge and rinse until the water runs clear. Repeat if necessary.

Mistakes To Avoid

Don't Soak: If water gets into the metal base, it never properly drains and causes it to rust.

Don't Scrub: Scrubbing your brushes in a back and forth motion on a rough towel loosens the hairs and causes shedding.

Don't Dry Upright: Standing brushes upright to dry allows water to seep into the glue that keeps the bristles intact and often results in shedding. Instead, lay brushes flat on an absorbent towel or get this awesome drying setup and hang them upside down.

Daily Disinfecting

We don't expect you to thoroughly wash your brushes after each use but a quick disinfecting session extends the life of your brushes and keeps harmful bacteria off your face.

After Each Use: Spritz your brush with a daily cleaner and blot on a paper towel. If you're on the go, a few swipes of a makeup removing wipe also does the trick.