How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Oh HEY. Fun fact of the year: I clean my brushes obsessively. Probably every few weeks, but that’s totally okay, if not majorly important. Cleaning your makeup brushes helps with applying makeup better and there is a pretty good just you’ll have cleaner skin. Just think about all the germs collected on those brushes (from that pretty face of yours and the product)and  without cleaning them, your brushes become a place for germs to live (ICK). Forgetting to clean your brushes can also affect how long your brushes last, too. The good news is that it only takes a household product and a few minutes for your brushes to be sparkly clean. So, if you are wondering how to clean makeup brushes, I’ve got you covered!

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You can clean your brushes with a few different items. The most popular would be shampoo. Preferably baby shampoo, but regular shampoo can also work (although it may affect your bristles, I’ve used my own organic shampoo and it works well!). DON’T use any form of oil, it can ruin your brushes and it’s incredibly hard to get out.

  1. Start by warming up some water at the sink and dispensing a small amount of shampoo onto your palm. Grab a brush and swirl the bristles around your palm until it gets nice and sudsy (that’s a word, right?). I spend roughly 1-2 minutes lathering up my brush, it depends on the size and how much product is on the bristles. Eye brushes take 30 seconds to 1 minute, face brushes anywhere from 2-3 minutes.
  2. Once you feel that your brush is clean (having white brushes help since you can tell when the product is out), make sure all the suds from the shampoo are out by cleaning for 20 seconds under lukewarm water.
  3. Place the brushes on a hand towel, drying off the bristles and shaping the brush before moving onto the next brush.
  4. BAM. You’ve got fresh brushes at your dispense.

If you want to be a total professional, you can grab some brush cleaner from Ulta or Sephora for pretty cheap! It takes me about an hour to clean all of my brushes (I have a lot of brushes), but it’s totally worth it. You can also pick up a dry brush cleaner, which is really easy for a light clean. How often do you clean your brushes? Happy Tuesday 🙌🏼

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  • robin Rue

    As a non-makeup wearer, I had no idea they had to be cleaned. This is so good to know in case I start wearing it someday.

  • Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    I clean mine all the time too! I don’t wear make up that often, but I want clean brushes running across my face. It’s probably why I use my fingers to apply foundation because I know they are clean!

  • Brandy

    Good tips – my daughter just bought me some little brush cleaner mat that you rub your brushes on with soap… I can’t tell you anything else about it so that proves I don’t clean my brushes nearly enough!

  • karen

    I need to be better about cleaning my brushes, but I actually do remember to do it quite often. I use the makeup cleansers available at Sephora to keep it simple

  • Teresa

    I just usually purchase disposable applicators and just toss them after a few uses. I probably should invest in some good makeup tools ad save myself some money! i will have to use all your great tips

  • Terri Steffes

    I need to do this. Now that I am buying good brushes I need to clean them instead of throwing them out.

  • Jessi Joachim

    I need to clean mine, I have been slacking. I also haven’t been wearing makeup as much lately though since I have been staying home. I always used baby shampoo for mine, mainly because I always have it on hand.

  • Katherine McDermott

    First, love your entire site and branding! The water color is so pretty. Cleaning your makeup brushes is so huge and people don’t even realize it. I was so grossed out the first time I washed my brushes and saw all the orange stuff floating in my sink lol.

  • Blythe Alpern

    I have a few sprays I use for spot cleaning and then a bar of soap from Dr. Bronners I use for the big clean. It’s a pain to clean makeup brushes but such a necessity.

  • thesocialbeing721

    Thank you! I’ve always wanted to know how to give my make up brushes a deep clean. They get so dirty and it’s important to keep them clean since we’re using them on our face. Thanks!

  • Angie Rose

    These are seriously some great tips! I try so hard to keep my makeup brushes clean, and I’ve gotten into a routine. I even keep a reminder in my phone every few weeks just incase I forget. I use my Philosophy Purity to clean them and it works great!

  • Kerri

    Spring is here and this is perfect timing! I need to tackle my beauty products this weekend and clean everything. Thanks for the tips!

  • anvita

    This is a great tip. I will try it soon as I have most of the stuff readily available. it’s time to clean them up anyways.

  • Reesa Lewandowski

    Confession: I Never clean them, just get new ones.
    Why? Because I never knew how to do this.
    Thank you!

  • Carolyn

    I used to clean mine more often. Now I forget a lot. You are reminding me that I need to get to it. Thanks for the instructions.

  • Kristin

    This is such a great reminder. I definitely don’t clean my brushes as much as I should. Thanks for the helpful tips!

  • Jeanine

    Ah just what I needed. I have a few make up brushes I want to clean but i dont wear make up often so ill be honest i had no idea how to get them really clean!

  • Nikki Arnold

    It takes me a long time to clean all my brushes too haha. I am glad to know of some other less expensive ways to clean my brushes though!

  • Amber Nelson

    This reminds me that I have some cleaning to do! Mine are in desperate need of a good cleaning!

  • Kecia | From Mom's Desk

    I never realized the need to clean makeup brushes. It makes sense now that I read your post. I am passing this on to some of my make up friends!

  • Chelsea

    Thanks for this! I try to clean my brushes monthly, you never know what you’re brushing on your face after a while!