Five rules to clean your makeup brushes

When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?  Not to gross you out, but now imagine not brushing your face for that long. 😱 I literally have to schedule my makeup brush cleaning because it’s a chore, and I casually forget until a zit pops up then I know my brushes is the culprit.


Consider this a gentle reminder to wash those brushes sitting on your vanity.

Wash them once a week

Cleaning your brushes once a week is standard. Your brushes are home to bacteria and oil, which can result in unwanted breakouts on your face (and who wants that, right?). Set aside one day in the week to wash your brushes and turn it into a weekly ritual – trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

Use a brush cleaner or DIY

While there are plenty of brush cleaners on the market, you don’t have to spend the extra dough on specially made formulas, or a bar of soap with makeup removing properties. I combine in a bowl two parts antibacterial dish soap with one part olive oil then I rinse them off with a bar of soap.

Stick to lukewarm water

Just as you would rinse your face, rinse your brushes with lukewarm water. Using hot water can make the glue used to hold the brush together tacky – sometimes causing it to break apart!

Be gentle

Preserve the lifespan of your brushes by being gentle when you wash. You don’t need any special tools to deep clean your brushes – simply use the palm of your hand to massage the bristles gently. Tip: for flat brushes like a Concealer Brush, Shadow Brush, and Eyeliner Brush in the Crown Brush, maneuver it back and forth like you’re painting a canvas. For round brushes like a Powder Brush, Blush Brush, and Blending Brush, gently twirl it in circular motions.

Yes, there’s a right way to dry your brushes

The drying process is more important than you think. After you squeeze out any excess moisture with a clean towel, give it a slight fluff to reshape the brush head, then lay it flat on a counter with the bristles hanging over the edge – this is the best way to keep the shape of the brush intact!

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  1. Jennifer

    I am so bad about cleaning my makeup brushes. LOL! I need to start cleaning them once a week like you said. But when I do clean them, I use BareMinerals cleaner. It works great! I love your beauty tips. xoxo

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