How Often and How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

If you take your makeup seriously, then buying professional makeup brushes can be pretty costly.  Even if you don’t spend your money on the expensive brushed, it is still a good idea to keep your brushes clean.  

Always clean your brushes when you first purchase them, before you use them.  Then, be sure to clean them on a regular basis to remove old makeup, dead skin cells, bacteria, oils and dirt and debris.  Also, makeup buildup, especially foundation can make your brushes feel scratchy when you use them.  Cleaning them regularly will keep them soft.  

Here is a general guideline to how often you should clean your brushes on a minimum.

Foundation brush – once a week
Finishing powders and bronzing brushes – once a week
Blush brushes – once a week
Eyeshadow brushes – every 2 to 3 days
Eyeliner brushes – after every use, especially if you use an eyeliner sealant. 

How to clean your brushes:

First, wet the bristles with warm water with hairs pointing downward – this will prevent water getting into the metal handle. Next, use a mild shampoo, liquid hand soap, or pure castile soap and apply to brush with your fingers starting from the handle to the tips of the bristles. Gently squeeze the hairs from handle to hair tips repeatedly while adding a little water at a time.  Rinse and repeat until the water runs clear.  Be sure to always keep your brush hairs pointing down.  Gently brush the excess water off onto a clean paper towel and then allow them to air dry on their side. 

Your makeup brushes will be soft and ready to go. 🙂


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