How Do you Clean Makeup Brushes?

by Lissa

How do you clean your makeup brushes? Maybe a better question is do you clean your makeup brushes? Follow these easy tips to clean your brushes and help them last longer.

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If your answers is never, you might be wondering, "How do you clean makeup brushes?" The truth is, If you aren’t cleaning them properly you could be spreading bacteria and germs on your face and to your eyes. Regular cleanings help cut back on the bacteria in your brushes and also help your brushes last longer so you don’t have to replace them as often.


Why do I need to clean my makeup brushes?

Check the makeup bag of any woman and you are Makeup Brushes in Bagbound to find an array of makeup brushes and tools. These special makeup applying gadgets highlight the best features on a face and disguise blemishes and flaws. However, if these same brushes aren’t being properly cleaned and cared for they could be the number one culprit of skin problems. Keeping makeup brushes is an often overlooked step in any beauty routine.  However, keeping those brushes clean is so important to preserve your makeup brushes and reduce the risk of spreading potentially dangerous germs and bacteria over your face and in your eyes.  Even the best makeup gurus can’t make a serious case of conjunctivitis or a blistering chin boil look good.


Things you can do after each use to help keep your brushes clean.

Between cleanings, you can decrease the risk of bacteria and germs by wiping down our brushes with baby wipes or rubbing alcohol wipes after each use. Remind yourself to do this by by keeping the wipes in you beauty bag with all your other beauty supplies.


How often do you need to wash your makeup brushes?

Some brushes should be cleaned more frequent than others.  Ideally eyeliner brushes should be cleaned after every use. These brushes come into extreme close contact with your eye and are very likely to carry harmful bacteria. Other eye brushes, like shadow brushes and brow brushes also come close to your eyes.  Try to wash them every two to three days. Foundation, blush, and powder brushes need washing once a week.

What Do I Use?

Chosing the right products to clean makeup brushes.

You can’t clean your brushes with just any old soap or cleanser. You want to choose a cleanser that is gentle and appropriate. Some people prefer to use products specially made for cleaning makeup brushes. Others like to use shampoo. If you are going to use a shampoo try to find a very gentle formula. Baby shampoo is perfect for washing brushes. Because of the bacteria fighting powers of tea tree oil, you can add a couple of drops to your shampoo to ensure all the nasty germs and bacteria are killed off.

How to Wash

How do you wash makeup brushes?

How do you clean makeup brushes?Apply a small drop of cleanser or shampoo the brush fibers. Lather gently and use warm water, not hot. The brushes only need to be damp not soaking wet. Remember to rub gently. If you are too rough then you are likely to damage the fibers or pull them out. Run the brushes under warm water to rinse out the shampoo and makeup residue. Just keep running them under the water and until the water runs clear and suds free.  Finally, lay your brushes out on towel to air dry overnight. Never try to try to dry them by rubbing with a towel or with blow dryer. This will just cause damage to the fibers causing you to replace your brushes sooner.

Updated: 05/07/2012, Lissa
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