Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Confession time. Who cleans their makeup brushes on a regular basis? Show of hands? I’m hearing crickets…

You’re in good company because i’m guilty of forgetting about it for forever. But, i’ve been dealing with some annoying breakouts lately, which has made me reconsider my beauty routine. While I used to be consistent in cleaning my makeup brushes, i’ve slacked off and now is as good as any to get back on track. You may think this is a task that isn’t worth your time, but reconsider. Your brushes pick up old makeup, oils, dead skin as well as bacteria when they come into contact with your skin. Think about this. Not pleasant. The more prone to acne that you are? The more bacteria and oil you are applying back to your skin.

It’s recommended that you wash your makeup brushes every week to two weeks. Thankfully, it doesn’t take long and i’m putting in back into my routine..every Sunday night. Consider it part of your skin care.



There are many dedicated makeup brush cleaners available, but baby shampoo works just as well. I chose the natural, unscented kind to keep things as clean as possible.


1. Rinse your brushes, bristles down, in lukewarm water. Keep the bristles down for the entire process to protect the glue that holds the bristles in place…along this same vein, try and keep the ferrule (the metal part) dry as this is what holds your brush together.

2.Place a small amount of shampoo in the palm of your hand.

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3. Work up a lather in your hand by rubbing the bristles in a circular motion. Be gentle… If you’re like me you’ll be shocked at the amount of makeup that comes out. This process was long overdue. You may have to repeat this a couple of times if you are doing it for the first time in a while.

Another option is to add a small amount of shampoo to a bowl of lukewarm water and swirl your brush in there. I’ll be honest…i’m a fan of the hand wash. i like to see my accomplishments quickly…but each to their own!

Once clean, re-shape your brushes and lay them flat on a clean surface. I like to use a micro fibre cloth. Make sure your brushes completely dry before you touch makeup to them.


Now i can’t blame my makeup brushes for any blemishes that show up. Regardless, knowing what’s all been collecting in them? i’m just glad they’re clean!

makeupbrushes5I’d love to know if i was the only one not staying on top of this part of my skin care. Do you clean your makeup brushes regularly?