how to clean makeup brushes

How To Clean Makeup Brushes – 3 Steps

Whether you wear makeup every day or just occasionally, knowing how to clean your makeup brushes is a must. You spent money on them, why not keep them in good shape? Plus, the better care you take of them, the longer they’ll last.

Cleaning makeup brushes only takes about fifteen minutes to do. Did you know it’s recommended to clean your brushes every day?! For many of us who dread daily routines and chores, that may be a bit too often, so once a week works just as well!

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes In 3 Steps

  1. Warm water soak
  2. Paper towel & oil
  3. Dry, shape and disinfect

When you are getting ready to clean your makeup brushes, examine them first to see if you used them for cream or powder-based makeup. If they were used for cream-based makeup, they will need a deeper cleaning. Continue reading to get started, and then follow along to the last section for cream soiled brushes at the end.

Soak Your Makeup Brushes In Warm Water

To start, run the bristles of your brushes under lukewarm water facing at a downward angle. Hot water will damage the bristles on the brush. Also, avoid getting water under the metal clasp of the handle – this will ruin the glue holding the bristles together or cause the clasp to rust. Keep rinsing until some of the makeup has rinsed off.

Next, take a cup or bowl and fill it with about half a cup of lukewarm water. Again, avoid hot water. Then add two teaspoons of baby shampoo and mix it into the water. If you don’t have baby shampoo, you can use Castile soap. Dip your brushes into the water mixture and swirl it around. Only dip them to just the bottom half of the brush so that water doesn’t travel up the handle. You can you use your hand to gently loosen up makeup and dirt from the brush into the water, and continue swirling it around.

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Run Your Makeup Brushes Against a Paper towel & Oil

For cream-based soiled brushes, you’ll want to start with a paper towel and some oil. I’d recommend almond or olive oil. Place a few drops of oil onto the paper towel and dip the bristles in the oil, then give it a swirl. Don’t soak the brush in the oil, you only want the dirt and makeup to get loosened up by running the brush back and forth across the towel. After this, give the brush a rinse in warm water. Then, squirt a few drops of baby shampoo into your palm. Swirl the makeup brush in the puddle of shampoo in your hand. The soap should start to get pretty dirty from the makeup coming off. Now that all your brushes are washed, follow along below to finish!

Dry, Shape & Disinfect

Once it looks like most of the makeup is gone, rinse it under the faucet with warm water until the water runs entirely clear. Pat your clean brush on a towel gently removing the moisture on the bristles. If your brush bristles became crooked or misshaped, you can reshape them at this point. Using your fingers, straighten, spread the bristles out pull them back into their original shape. Finally, let the brushes air dry. You won’t want to lay them on a towel as this can cause mildew! Lay the brush on a bare counter, with the damp bristles hanging over the edge. In about an hour or two, your brushes should be entirely dry – feel free to fluff them up and they are ready to use!

Interested in disinfecting your brushes? Just use a small bowl with a 2 parts water, one part vinegar mixture, swirl your brush in it and give it one last rinse before setting it out to dry!

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