Beauty School: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Beauty School: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
So you know which brushes to use for contouring and which to for concealing. But did you know that you should be cleaning your makeup brushes? Washing your makeup brushes should be a regular part of your beauty routine. When you use your brushes, bits of makeup, oil, dirt, and even bacteria can get trapped in the bristles. So while it might seem basic, skipping this step can lead to clogged pores and pesky breakouts. Not to mention the fact that quality makeup brushes can be expensive. So learning how to properly clean them is one of the best ways to protect your investment.

Luckily, cleaning your makeup brushes is quick and easy. The first step to keeping your brushes clean is picking up a daily brush cleaner and spritzing it on your brushes after each use (I like Sephora’s Daily Brush Cleaner). Once a week, it’s time for a deep cleaning. (Note that your brushes will need a few hours to dry after a deep cleaning, so I’d recommend washing them after you’ve applied your makeup that day.)

Here’s the right way to deep clean your makeup brushes…

You will need:
• A shallow bowl
• Gentle clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo
• Your sink
• A lint free cloth

Instructions:

  1. Begin by running your brushes under lukewarm water, rinsing out all of the residual makeup. Try to focus on the actual bristles while avoiding the part of the brush where handle meets the head, as this can loosen the glue over time
  2. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a squirt of shampoo, and gently swirl your brush tip in the water. If you need to, you can also swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to work up a lather.
  3. Rinse the brush tip under running water once again. Repeat steps two and three until the water runs clear from the brush,
  4. Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go.
  5. Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry.

And there you have it! Your makeup brushes will be as clean a whistle. It’s also worth mentioning that there are specially formulated brush shampoos on the market. A gentle clarifying or baby shampoo will do the trick just fine though.

Are your brushes in need of a cleaning?

Be sure to pin this post so that you’ll remember how to properly wash them.

xo Ilana
Team LC

Photo: Made by Girl
Categories: Beauty Note, Ilana Saul, Primp
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  • suzanne

    Cleaning my brushes is a lot of work, but necessary!! I especially clean my face brushes as often as possible.
    xoxo
    Suzanne from http://www.writtenbysuzanne.com

  • Sarah Dufour

    Ooopsss I didn’t know I should wash my make up brushes once a week, thank you very much for this tip. I will get into the washing more often ;)

    Sarah from http://www.dreamsmilekiss.blogspot.com

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  • Katie Elisabeth

    I always dread cleaning my brushses on a Sunday evening, but love that they’ll be soft and clean for the week ahead :)

    Katie
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  • Sarah @ Sequin Doll

    I love the brush holder that comes with the Real Techniques brushes. It allows you to “”hang”” them upside down to dry so the water doesn’t go into the handle and loosen the glue!

    http://www.sequindoll.com

  • Ashley

    Great post… I thought it was easier to learn this from YouTube but you explained it well! :) http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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  • Kelly Lynne

    Thanks! Needed this…

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Thanks for this! I really needed this.

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  • Stephanie

    I recently learned about daily spritzers. I was so happy to find out about them. I was washing my brushes after every use, which got a little frustrating because I don’t always have time for that. I do, however, value the product I put my money into and want to keep them in good condition.

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  • Katelin Absher

    You can also use a mild dish soap like dawn because it is antibacterial! I use that as well as baby shampoo!!

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  • Valeria Alvarez

    I need to do this!! just I got so lazy some times :p

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  • Ana Sofia

    Great tips :) to obtain a perfect result when we makeup is essecial that the brushes are in good condition…

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  • KeeleyLou

    This is so helpful because I am terrible about cleaning my brushes! I just wrote about this in my blog post… Thanks for the help it’s put me in the mood to do mine! xxx

    http://thebestofmeicanpossiblybe.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Brenna Gray

    I cleaned mine on Sunday! E.l.f. (eyeslipsface) has great brushes for only $1-$3!!! They also sell the daily brush cleaner and the shampoo for really cheap.

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  • Rachel Sanders

    I should really wash my brushes more than I do! This has definitely prompted me to do it more often!

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  • Vee

    I’ve learned that your brush bristles get dried out (like your hair does), so occasional conditioning, or using moisturizing shampoo or cleaners will help when cleaning.

  • Deanne Castro

    Love this! I too have a similar cleaning method but it involves olive oil!

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  • Nessa m.

    You should also spray antibacterial spray on them to prevent breakouts. Also, I try to wash mine once a week to keep makeup from building up and to prevent breakouts.

  • Gina Mackey

    I’ve always used make-up remover to clean my brushes. I’ve been doing that for years and have never had a problem.

  • Alex

    I always do this but instead of washing them in a bowl, I use a wet paper towel with baby shampoo rubbed into it.

  • Melia Williams

    I read about using a facial foaming cleanser awhile back and have been using that! Works great!

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  • April Reyes

    I had never even thought of cleaning my make up brushes before! Wow. Thanks for post :)

  • Sarah

    I like using Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap to clean my brushes – it’s 100% natural and really gets the gunk out!

  • Raven Locks

    Wow…perfect timing! I need to clean my brushes :) I never thought of using facial soap. Great tip!

    xo Azu

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  • Raven Locks

    Dr Bronner’s products are AMAZING! I use their coconut oil & soaps too :)

  • LaurenConrad.com

    So glad we could give you a little reminder! Simple makeup solutions like this are so easy to forget!

  • LaurenConrad.com

    Having soft, like-new brushes, definitely makes it worthwhile come Monday morning :)

  • LaurenConrad.com

    Thanks for the tip! It’s great to see that Laurenconrad.com members are so on top of this important part of their beauty routines :)

  • Arelis Nelms

    Yes oh yes. There are some brushes I clean frequently but others need it big time. Thanks for the reminder and tips.

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    I make sure to wash and deep clean my brushes once a week. Baby shampoo works like a charm!!

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    Sincerely Miss Ash

  • Ashley at Sincerely Miss Ash

    I make sure I wash and deep clean my brushes once a week. Baby shampoo works like a charm!

    xo,
    http://sincerelymissashley.blogspot.ca

  • Dana Ivy

    I know I should be washing my brushes more! I always feel the need to buy professional brush cleaner but I’m glad to hear that a good gentle shampoo works just the same. Thanks!

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  • Sarah

    Yeah, aren’t they great? I also like the patchouli-lime lotion: it smells so good that I use it as a lotion and a perfume in one :)

  • Hopkins Nerd

    This is exactly how I clean my brushes. I also will sometimes use a gentle facial cleanser. The only difference is that I will lay my foundation brush flat and elevated that way when it dries the bristles aren’t smooshed on one side.

  • Meghan Silva

    Cleaning makeup brushes is so important , love the post .

    http://www.meghansilva.blogspot.com

  • Donna Hale

    Great tips, how often would you suggest cleaning your brushes?

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    • Grace

      Cleaning them daily after every use with a quick brush cleaner and deep cleaning them weekly/biweekly will keep them in great shape.

  • Tricia D’Costa

    It is worth remembering that while baby shampoo works well, it does not kill bacteria. Therefore a good tip is to also use a antibacterial handwash that will kill germs and bacteria build up that baby shampoo will not. I work as a MUA & this works fantastically well as does MAC brush cleaner.

    Lots of love Tricia D’Costa http://www.beautybytricia.co.uk xxx

  • Kate Noto

    I will use these steps from now on.

  • Nanzy

    It always best to clen your bushes. Thanks for the tip.

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    Thanks for this! So helpful :)

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  • Emma denton

    Great tips! Thank you I’ll be cleaning my brushes today! haha please check out my beauty blog from Australia http://www.rosycheekssite.wordpress.com

  • Nastassja Bahar

    Instead of using shampoo might be better to use your face wash or cleanser as you want to make sure that it won’t irritate your skin once you use the brushes if you have sensitive skin.

  • Elly

    The article was very useful

  • PAPRIKA

    ….so i accidentally used baby oil… yeah don’t do that. I’m on day 3 still trying to clean them brushes out of the baby oil. :P whops

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    Great tips and very useful, thank you!
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