Clean Your Makeup Brushes: Here’s The Why + The How
You wouldn’t use the same washcloth for weeks without washing it, and, well, you shouldn’t use your makeup brushes without regularly cleansing them either.
Most of us, though, do just that: using the same dirty makeup brush week after week (sometimes month after month!) and, well, it’s kinda gross.
Moreover, if you don’t clean your makeup brushes regularly, you could increase your chances for breakouts, dull skin, and even more wrinkles!
Cleaning your makeup brushes, though, doesn’t need to be a pain.
Here’s our simple guide to how to clean your makeup brushes, which we recommend doing once per week (we’re partial to the night before #MakeupFreeMondays!).
How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes
- Get out a mug, baby shampoo (which you may think of as gentle for a baby’s head but is actually quite strong!), a dish towel or hand towel, and your makeup brushes and set up shop by a sink.
- Put a pencil eraser sized (does anyone even use pencils with erasers anymore?! Do you even know what we’re talking about?! Google it if not!) amount of baby shampoo in the bottom of the mug and add 1-inch of hot water.
- Swish 1-3 brushes (depending on size) around in the mixture (which is likely looking pretty muddy about now).
- Dump the muddy “water” out in the sink before adding an additional 1-inch of hot water and repeating step 3.
- Repeat, adding more baby shampoo as needed, until the water comes out pretty clean. (The longer it’s been since you last cleaned your brushes, the longer this whole thing will take.)
- Meanwhile, roll the end of your dish or hand towel so one end is bulkier than the other.
- In the palm of your hand, put pencil eraser sized amount of baby shampoo and clean each makeup brush individually with warm water until the water runs through clear.
- Squeeze out the excess water with your hands (in the direction of the makeup brush hairs, so that they’re nicely formed) and place your brushes on the rolled up towel so that the handle is propped up and the brushes are angled downwards, allowing gravity to help pull the water out of the brush.
- Repeat steps 7 and 8 for each of your brushes, using an additional towel, as needed, depending on how many brushes you have. (You don’t want your brushes touching each other as they dry.)
- Let your brushes air-dry overnight.
- In the morning, if your brushes aren’t completely dry (which will depend on the size of the brush and the type of hair), use your hair drier to finish drying them.
- Relish in your accomplishment (and healthy skin!)