Hate Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes? We’ve Got An Easy, Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Out

Ayushi VermaAyushi Verma  |  Jul 2, 2021
How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes


Confession time: cleansing our makeup brushes seems like the most mundane task to us. While we all know that dirty makeup brushes are all around a bit grim and can cause breakouts. However, very few of us can say hand-on-heart that we wash our makeup tools as regularly as we should. TBH, it’s easy to go weeks, months, and actual years without washing them. 

But here’s the thing, not only do unwashed brushes harbour bacteria, but the constant product buildup can also ruin the brush bristles over time. So, if you wish to protect your skin (and face tools) from suffering, keep scrolling for the complete guide to give your brushes a pro-level clean.

                                                                        Also Read: Best Makeup brushes 

The Step-By-Step Guide To Get Squeaky Clean Brushes


Step 1: Wash Them

First thing first, wash your makeup brushes using a bar of antibacterial soap. Using a silicon-free baby shampoo in lukewarm water will also do the trick. This will help strip off all the grease but make sure you don’t use a washing-up liquid as it can be harsh on the natural hair long term. All you need to do is dip each brush individually under the running water, and then into a bowl of gentle soap or shampoo. Gently rub with fingers to get a good lather for a couple of minutes. 

Step 2: Swirl


Next, hold your brushes under running water until there’s no lather left on them. Keep holding for another 2 to 3 seconds to ensure the brushes are squeaky clean. If you’re in a time crunch, we recommend using a brush washing mat that is designed specifically to cut down the washing time in half.  Another clever tool is spanking multicolor makeup brush cleaner. Just swirl your brushes in a bowl, then watch it spin dry in seconds. It’s legit like a brush cleaner of our dreams.

Step 3: Repeat The Process

If there’s still some residue left on the brush, repeat the first two steps. If not, just squeeze the water out of the tool and lay it flat on a towel to dry to make sure the water doesn’t drain into the handle and remove the glue or rot the wood. Pro tip: spray them with a lavender scent to make ‘em smell fabulous.

Step 4: Let It Dry


After all of the brushes are cleansed, lay them in a neat low. If you stack them on top of each other, they won’t dry properly and they start smelling strange.

How Often To Clean Makeup Brushes?


Give your makeup brushes a good cleanse once every two weeks, or more if there’s a lot of product buildup. Also, don’t forget to give your makeup sponges and beauty blenders a rinse because they are more prone to bacteria.


It’s time to give your makeup brushes vital maintenance.

Also Read: Makeup brush cleaner

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