How to keep your brushes clean and like new

How to keep your brushes clean and like new

So you think you’re a makeup brush connoisseur. You know which brush to use for contouring, which to for concealing, and you enjoy confusing boys by comparing your MAC 184 duo fibre fan and 141 face fan. Now, that’s all well and good, but did you know that you should be cleaning your makeup brushes?

Many years ago, I wondered why I kept getting spots even though I kept my skin really clean. The culprit? My absolutely filthy makeup brushes. All my careful cleansing was being wasted from using dirty brushes on my skin. Washing your makeup brushed 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. 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, and I tend to leave mine over night, so wash them after you’ve applied your makeup that day and not before!)

Here’s how I deep clean my makeup brushes…

You will need

  • A shallow bowl
  • Gentle clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo
  • Your sink
  • A lint free cloth


  • 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
  • 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.
  • Rinse the brush tip under running water once again. Repeat steps two and three until the water runs clear from the brush,
  • Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go.
  • 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? Do you have any products you swear by for cleaning your brushes?

– With Lipstick and Love x

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