Brush Cleaning 101: How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Cleaning your makeup brushes might seem like a boring task (up there with paying bills, grocery shopping, and vacuuming), but there’s a reason why professionals are so diligent about cleaning their tools – and why we should be too…

Sponges and brush bristles are porous so they collect dirt, oil, and makeup debris, creating a breeding ground for bacteria which is transferred to the face and can lead to unwanted breakouts. What’s more, dirty brushes won’t pick up pigment or distribute product as effectively, and will affect the final look and finish of makeup application.

How often should you clean your makeup brushes?

According to dermatologists and makeup artists, we should be washing our beauty tools (at least) once a week. Brushes which are in direct contact with skin (like foundation and concealer brushes may require a more frequent cleanse) whereas the likes of eyeshadow blending brushes  and highlighter brushes can be washed once a month.

What should you use to clean your makeup brushes?

Specially designed to exfoliate even deep-rooted, stubborn build-up out of your brushes, the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat helps you to perform the most thorough cleanse in the most simple manner – a little buffing goes a long, long way.

This clever contraption is a favourite of makeup artists – the Dry’N Shape Tower allows brushes to dry in record time and prevents them from drying out of shape. Simply clip each brush into place post-wash and leave it hanging…

This gently foaming solution cleanses brushes by quickly dissolving makeup for the most mess-free deep-cleanse possible. Meanwhile conditioning coconut oil softens the bristles to result in flawless makeup application every time.

How Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

  1. Rinse the brush head with warm water – ensure the brush is pointed downwards and try to avoid soaking the entire brush as this will cause the bristles to fall out
  2. Apply brush cleaner to the top of the brush and massage into the bristles
  3. Swirl the brush across the WASH section of the mat in circular motions
  4. Rinse the bristles under warm water
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 using the RINSE and REFINE sections of the mat until the water runs clean from the brush
  6. Gently squeeze out excess water
  7. Reshape the brush head and lay the brushes flat, with the brush heads hanging off an edge