How to Clean Makeup Brushes

How to Wash Your Makeup Brushes

How often do you clean your make-up brushes? Did you even know you were supposed to? I clean mine a lot less than I should. I wanted to share my personal way of cleaning with you so you so you could see how easy it is and maybe a little bit to motivate myself.

At minimum, you should try to clean your makeup brushes once a month, more if you have problem skin. Dirty makeup brushes harbor bacteria and other skin oils that can clog your pores. On top of that, you could come out with mixed results from using many colors on on brush.

Cleaning your brushes is very easy. You probably have what you need to do it right at home, right now. Here are my instructions for how to clean your makeup brushes.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes


Let’s gather supplies:

  • Olive oil
  • Soap-I like to use Ms. Meyers because it smells yummy and it’s gentle on brushes!
  • Paper towel or clean cloth
  • small dish

Start by adding equal parts olive oil and soap to the small dish. Take your makeup brushes and gently swirl them in the mixture. The olive oil will condition your brushes and the soap cleanses them. (This method works best on higher quality brushes as they have better glue)

Next, Holding them downward, gently rinse under warm water. Make sure to keep them pointed down as to not get water in the metal part of your brush. Doing so may make the glue inside loosen and ruin your brushes. I ruined a few before I figured this out. Make sure to get all the soap out of the bristles or it could make your brushes stiff or cause skin issues when you go to use them.

Repeat this process until all your brushes are clean. Gently re-shape them. Lay them out on your paper towel or clean cloth that is thin like a kitchen towel (the thin “flour sack” kind). The reason you need to not use a washcloth or something similar is it will cause mold. Allow your brushes to dry overnight.

You may be surprised at how much leftover makeup and dirt was in your brushes! Just look what was left behind after my cleaning!

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