How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

We know cleaning your makeup brushes is the adult equivalent of being forced to clean your room, but as big advocates for brush hygiene, we’re going to have to nag you about this one. 

Cleaning your makeup brushes should be weekly a chore to breakdown built up dirt, oil, and makeup, and to prevent harmful bacteria growing and causing you all kinds of skin nightmares (acne, congestion and skin irritation to name a few). Not only will regular cleaning help to prolong the life of your brushes and make your products easier to apply, it’s also super satisfying!

Follow our six (yep, only six) steps below to keep your makeup brushes clean and your looks fresh. 

Don’t forget about your beauty blenders! Find out how to properly clean yours here.

Step One

Taking your brushes one at a time, dampen them under warm running water. Ensure the brush is pointing downward to avoid water entering the ferrules. 

Step Two

Apply your brush soap to the cleansing pad. With a lot of brush soaps, a little product goes a long way, so don’t overdo it! 

Step Three

Take your makeup brush, and gently circle it against the pad ensuring the brush bristles are lathered in soap. Keep lathering the brush until water runs clear and the brush is free of makeup. 

Step Four

Run your brush under the warm water and gently push out the soap with your fingers. Repeat this step until the brush is soap free and the excess water is removed. 

You might need to repeat the previous four steps if your brush needs extra TLC. 

Step Five

Once you’ve washed your brushes, very gently rub them against a clean, dry towel and reshape them with your fingers. 

Lie them flat across the towel with the brush heads hanging off an edge and allow them to dry. Don’t stand them upright as moisture will travel down into the brush ferrule. 

If you wash your brushes in the evening, they should be dry and ready to use by the next morning. 

Step Six

To keep your brushes clean and fresh daily, you can spritz them with beautyblender Instaclean and lightly buff the excess onto a clean tissue. 

This should not replace washing your tools weekly. 

Also, remember to never share your makeup sponges, not even with your best friends! 

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