How to Clean Makeup Brushes Like a Pro
Cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is super important, especially if you’re using them daily. Dirty makeup brushes can be a cesspool for germs, bacteria & dead skin (even dust), and can cause infections, irritation and blemishes if left unsanitized for too long (ewww). To keep your brushes in tip-top shape, here’s what you do:
What You Need:
- Antibacterial Hand Soap (the more natural, the better) or Makeup Brush Cleaning Soap
- Brush Conditioner or Olive Oil (optional)
- Rubbing Alcohol
- A Bowl OR Textured Brush Cleaning Pad
- A Clean Towel and Paper Towel
- A Firm, Rectangular Cutting Board or Lid
- 3 Rubber Bands
When to Deep Clean Your Makeup Brushes:
Makeup brushes should be cleaned every 1-2 weeks. Since the brushes take time to dry, it’s best to clean them after you’re done with your makeup application for the day, as they need to dry over night.
How to Clean Makeup Brushes:
- Gather all dirty brushes, rubbing alcohol, hand soap OR makeup brush soap, a bowl OR makeup brush cleaning pad with raised textured nubs, and brush conditioner (optional).
- Layout a clean towel next to sink. If doing bowl method fill with a few drops of soap and warm water.
- Swirl dirty brush in either the soapy water bowl OR against the textured brush cleaner under water. Run brush under faucet until water runs clear. If using a real hair brush, I would recommend conditioning it. If you don’t have brush conditioner you can use a little virgin olive oil in the soapy water bowl, sparingly.
- Squeeze out excess water and lightly shake brush. Set aside on clean towel and move on to next brush until all are clean.
- Using paper towel and rubbing alcohol wipe down the brush handles and set back on towel until all brushes are clean.
- Brushes need to be dried upside down (bristles down, handle up), so the excess water doesn’t soak in and ruin the glue holding the brush together. To do this grab something firm and rectangular – a cutting board, a lid, etc and 3 rubber bands. Rub board down with rubbing alcohol and place 3 rubber bands across the length, about 2 inches apart. Place brushes in rubber bands, alternating the bands over/under wise.
- Place board somewhere clean and let brushes dry over night.
- Repeat every 1-2 weeks (depending on how often you’re using the brushes)
You can also “spot clean” your brushes each day by using a quick-drying brush cleaner such as Cinema Secrets or Sonia Kashuk Quick-Clean (I believe e.l.f even has one now for a few bucks). You simply spray (or dip) the brush with the spot cleaner, and rub the excess product off on paper towel in light, circular motions. This will not remove all of the product off of the brush, but it will disinfect the bristles. 🙂
Now that you know how, it’s time to get to cleaning! Taking good care of your brushes will allow them to last a long time, and give you the best makeup application!
Until next time, my darlings!