3 Simple Ways to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

by Eileen Sosa
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Did you know cleaning your makeup brushes should be a part of your regular beauty routine? This is something many people forget or never even knew about. Throughout the week, your brushes can contain leftover makeup, bacteria, oil, and dirt. All that dirty buildup can cause acne breakouts and clogged pores (something NO one likes to have)! 

We have the best tips for cleaning makeup brushes!

Multiple makeup brushes.

Here are three simple ways you can use to clean your makeup brushes:

Soapy makeup brush being swirled on the palm of a hand and being rinsed.

Use your daily face wash.

  1. Wet the brushes. Either run your brushes under lukewarm water or fill your sink with lukewarm water and have your brushes soak for a couple of minutes.
  2. Place a drop of facewash on your palm or the filled water. Take one brush at a time and gently swirl your brush into the soap. Continue to add soap to your palm until all of the makeup seems to be out of the brush.
  3. Massage the brushes. Losen up the makeup residue and dirt by massaging the soapy water between your fingers or on a cleansing mat.
  4. Rinse the brushes. Run brushes under lukewarm water to make sure the soap is rinsed out completely.
  5. Dry the brushes. Gently use a towel to remove any moisture from the brushes. Reshape the bristles by using your fingers to straighten the bristles back to place. Place the brushes laying down flat or upside down.

Use olive oil and dish soap.

  1. Get a bowl and put a few drops of olive oil. Dip brushes into olive oil and swipe them across a towel.
  2. Make a soapy mixture. Fill another bowl with dish soap or baby shampoo and lukewarm water. Soak and gently swirl brushes in the soapy mixture.
  3. Massage the brushes. Losen up the makeup residue and dirt by massaging the soapy water between your fingers or on a cleansing mat.
  4. Rinse the brushes. Run brushes under lukewarm water to make sure the olive oil and soap are rinsed out completely.
  5. Dry the brushes. Gently use a towel to remove any moisture from the brushes. Reshape the bristles by using your fingers to straighten the bristles back to place. Place the brushes laying down flat or upside down.

Use vinegar and hot water.

  1. Get a bowl and fill it with one cup of hot water and two teaspoons of white vinegar. Stir mixture.
  2. Dip brushes in the vinegar mixture and gently swirl makeup brushes.
  3. Massage the brushes. Losen up the makeup residue and dirt by massaging the bristles between your fingers or on a cleansing mat.
  4. Rinse the brushes. Run brushes under lukewarm water to make sure the vinegar mixture is rinsed out completely.
  5. Dry the brushes. Gently use a towel to remove any moisture from the brushes. Reshape the bristles by using your fingers to straighten the bristles back to place. Place the brushes laying down flat or upside down

Vinegar is a great disinfectant for your makeup brushes and don’t worry the smell goes away when the brushes dry!

Remember:

  • Do not store your makeup brushes upright as they dry. Water can soak through the handle and cause rusting, rotting and the glue to come apart.
  • Do not use heat to dry the brushes. The intense heat caused by a hairdryer or flatiron can damage the bristles.
  • Do not place brushes on towels to dry because it can cause mildew. Dry your brushes in a well-ventilated area to avoid moisture being trapped.
  • Clean brushes. To avoid acne or irritation to the skin, foundation and concealer brushes should be cleaned weekly. Brushes used for your eye makeup should be cleaned twice a month.
  • Use a gentle soap that will not irritate your skin!

It can take a couple of hours for your makeup brushes to dry – so try and clean them after you apply your makeup or before bed.


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1 comment

Sarah @girlfriendshoes December 11, 2013 - 12:14 pm

That’s what I do! Except I use an empty toothbrush holder to dry my brushes in (the kind with the holes to stand them up individually)

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