It appears as though many of us could use a little reminder about the importance of cleaning our makeup brushes regularly! This is according to a 2015 poll where 39% of women reported cleaning their makeup brushes less than once a month, and another 22% reported not cleaning them at all.
And while cleaning your makeup brushes might sound like a tricky or time-consuming process, it doesn’t have to be that way! And today I’ll be showing you a simple and effective method for how to clean your makeup brushes.
But first, I wanted to talk a little bit about why it’s so important to clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis.
Why Should I Clean My Makeup Brushes?
The main reason it’s so important to keep your makeup brushes clean is because it’s hygienic. Dirty makeup brushes are loaded with oily makeup residue, dead skin cells, and bacteria, which is not a good combination if you’re looking to avoid breakouts!
In addition to the hygiene factor, clean makeup brushes are also better for application. Applying and blending your makeup to perfection is much easier with a clean brush! Using a dirty brush can lead to spotty coverage and other issues.
What Should I Use To Wash My Makeup Brushes?
There are several different cleansers you can choose from to wash your makeup brushes, sponges, and other tools. Some makeup brush manufacturers offer a special cleanser for their brushes, which is supposed to help extend their lifespan. These cleansers can be a bit expensive, but there’s no reason not to use one if you already have it!
I personally use a few drops of Dawn dish soap to wash my brushes! The grease-cutting formula makes short work of all the oily makeup residue trapped in the bristles.
In addition to brush cleansers or dish soap, you could also use a gentle face cleanser (such as Cetaphil) or even baby shampoo. Any of these options can get the job done, so use what you have at home!
How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes
- Cleanser of choice (see above)
- Silicone trivet
- Clean towel
Run the bristles of your makeup brush under warm water, but try your best to keep the handle dry. (If the part that holds the bristles in place gets wet, the bristles may loosen or fall out.)
Squirt a small amount of your brush cleanser of choice onto a silicone trivet. (There are silicone brush cleaning mitts that are designed for this purpose, but a silicone trivet works just as well and it’s likely cheaper too!)
Place the wet bristles of your brush against the soapy trivet and gently swirl it around. Rinse the loosened makeup out of the brush as necessary, and add a bit more soap to the trivet if you need it.
When the brush is good and clean, rinse it thoroughly under running water. Use a clean towel to squeeze any remaining water out of the bristles, then set the brush across the top of a cup and allow it to air dry for several hours. (Don’t let them dry brush side up in the cup. The moisture can seep down into the brush handle and weaken the glue.)
How Often Should I Do This?
Follow the steps above to wash your makeup brushes every two weeks. For brushes or sponges that you use to apply liquid makeup like concealer or foundation, washing those weekly will help you avoid product buildup.
Keep in mind that makeup brushes don’t last forever. Keep an eye out for shedding, discoloration, or lingering smells, which should be taken as signs that it’s time to replace that brush!
How do you like to clean your makeup brushes?