How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Hi Beauties,

One of the most important part of any beauty routine is the regular cleaning of makeup brushes. This is super important for a number of reasons; it prevents acne or the spreading of spots, killing germs and bacteria build up which can cause infections, you will get better colour pay off, maintaining the softness of your brush head and can help in ensuring that your brushes last a super long time.

What Can I Use To Clean My Makeup Brushes?

There are so many ways that you can clean your makeup brushes. You can use products like baby shampoo, oil-based cleansers, alcohol spray, rubbing alcohol, coconut oil or even olive oil, just to name a few.

It is important to note that not all products work the same. Oil based cleansers will clean your brushes of any excess products but won’t always kill all the bacteria. Whereas alcohol based products will kill the bacteria but won’t necessarily remove all the excess product from the brushes. This is why I always spot clean brushes with an oil-based cleanser to get all the excess product out so I can continue using a clean brush and then deep clean with alcohol-based products to kill all the bacteria.

My most used products are the Xo Beauty Solid Brush Cleaner, the Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner and the MAC Cosmetics Brush Cleaner.

How Often Should I Clean My Makeup Brushes?

Face brushes can be deep cleaned once a month (at the very least) while brushes used around the eye area (blending, liner or shadow brushes) should be cleaned more regularly. I know that may seem like a lot of work for some people, and trust me I know how annoying cleaning brushes can be, but there are little things you can do in between washes to make sure the brushes are clean and performing at their very best.

Every single time I do a makeup look that uses eye brushes, I give them a quick spot clean when I am finished using them. This means I take a small amount of Mac Brush Cleaner, or the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner (oil based products) on a bit of paper towel and swirl my dirty brush in it until the colour comes out of the brush. I find that this helps them to not only be clean and hygienic, but I am also able to continue using that brush instantly and it can last a little longer before I need to fully deep clean it.

How Do I Deep Clean My Makeup Brushes?

Step 1: Grab all your dirty brushes, your cleanser and a clean towel and set yourself up near a sink.

Step 2: Wet the bristles of the brush with lukewarm water (important- make sure it’s not too hot otherwise it might melt the glue which holds the bristles to the brush).

Step 3: Swirl your wet brush in whatever soap/cleanser you have chosen to use.

Step 4: Gently massage the bristles in your balm so that the soap really gets deep into the dirty brush.

Step 5: Thoroughly rinse out the bristles. Repeat steps 3-5 until the water runs clear from the brush

Step 6: Using your clean towel, squeeze out any excess moisture from the brush.

Step 7: Reshape the brush head and place it on the towel to dry overnight (important- try to refrain from holding or sitting your brushes upright as you don’t want any water to get into the glue in the ferrule, this can cause shedding and your brush will not last as long as it usually would).

That’s it! Easy right?! I have included two short videos of me washing my makeup brushes for you to check out. Enjoy!

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? What products are your favourite for this task? Leave me a comment and let me know! 🙂

That’s all for now Beauties!

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