How To Properly Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Because cleaning them is as important as removing your makeup every night.

Letting your makeup build on your beauty tools has consequences that you will never like- they are seriously nasty consequences. Your brushes come into contact with so many different surfaces– in your makeup bag, into your beauty products, onto your face, and then sometimes sit on your vanity counter– that they most likely bound to encounter some bacteria. This is why you should make sure that you wash your brushes at least once a week or maybe even spot clean them each day between uses.

As a general rule, it’s time to wash your makeup brush when it stops feeling soft or anytime there is visible caked-on makeup. However, here are a wash list on how often you need to wash your brushes and the cleaning process.

  • Wash once a week: Concealer, foundation, blush brushes
  • Wash twice a month: Eyeliner and eye shadow brushes
  • Wash once a month: Eyebrow, lip liner brushes

Cleaning Process

Step 1: Pour a tablespoon of baby shampoo into a small bowl of lukewarm water. There’s no exact science here, so don’t worry about getting a perfect blend. The only important thing is to keep the shampoo at a minimum. If you get a little too squeeze-happy, you’ll end up with a sticky residue.

Step 2: . If it’s visible dirty, hold it under running water to get some of the product off. Once it’s relatively gunk-free, dip it into the water.

Step 3: While holding your brush under water, slowly swirl it over the bottom of the bowl. Make gentle circles against the bowl for about ten seconds. Be careful not to get the entire brush wet. If you get water at the base of the bristles it can loosen up the glue and lead to a mess. You only use the tip so just clean the tip.

Step 4: Once you’ve swirled the brush around the bowl for a while, hold it under cold water for a few seconds. The water pressure will rinse away any remaining product.

Step 5: Use your fingers to gently mold the brush back into its original shape.

Step 6: Once it is washed and rinsed, lay the brush down on a clean, flat towel. It’s important to leave them lying flat. If you let the water collect around the handle you can mess up the glue and cause rust. A flat bed is the simplest option but you can speed up your drying time a bit by taking it to the next level.

Remember: When bristles start falling out, it’s time to get a replacement brush.


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