How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
Luckily, you can clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis so they apply makeup just as if they were new. This will also get rid of harmful bacteria that may be living in your brushes as well.
I suggest washing the brushes you use most often at least once a week. Wash them sooner if they have a lot of product build-up. For brushes used less often, aim for washing them out every few weeks.
This method works for all bristled makeup brushes, whether for lips, foundation, eye shadow or concealer.
What You’ll Need
You don’t need much to clean your makeup brushes. Gather up…
- Dirty makeup brushes
- Cleaning fluid
- Clean water
You have a lot of options for cleaning fluid. I use antibacterial soft soap. Others use baby shampoo. There are also brush cleaning fluids made by beauty companies such as Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner or Japonesque Professional Brush Cleaner.
Just make sure that you choose something delicate and simple without harsh chemicals. If the soap can be used on your face, it can be used on your brushes.
Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes
Now it’s time to get started!
- Put a small dab of cleaning fluid in the palm of your hand.
- Run your dirty brush under the tap or dip it in a cup of clean water.
- Gently swirl the brush in your palm, mixing the water with the soap.
- Rinse the brush and swirl it in your palm again.
- Rinse thoroughly until the water dripping from your brush runs clear.
- Squeeze out any excess water from the makeup brush bristles and set it down so the bristles aren’t touching any surface.
- Let dry. This may take a few hours.
Once the brush is dry, you’re ready to use it all over again!
How often do you wash your brushes?