Tools of The Trade: How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Posted by hmazur07 on May 18, 2015 at 6:50 AM


After a week or two of using your makeup brushes, the oils in your skin, makeup residue, etc., will begin to build up and harbor bacteria. For that reason, washing your brushes is important to keep the grime from transferring to your skin, as well as to keep the makeup brushes soft and effective.


Fortunately you can eliminate bacteria and residue from your brushes in 3 easy steps!



Using lukewarm water, place the bristles under the faucet. Be sure that the brush is facing downwards to keep the water from seeping into the ferrule which can ruin the glue that holds the bristles in place. Keep rinsing until most of the makeup residue is gone.


You can use ready store bought brush cleaners, castor soap, mild shampoo or even antibacterial soap mixed with a couple of drops of olive oil for extra conditioning.

To create your own brush cleanser at home, mix 1⁄4 cup of slightly warm water with 1 tsp. of shampoo in a cup or jar. After mixing the solution, thoroughly swirl the bristles in the liquid to remove any oils on the brush hairs. Next, rinse the bristles again under the faucet, and there is no residue.

2. Now that all the grime has been done away with, it is time to DRY YOUR BRUSHES


Although it is important to keep the brushes upright when storing them, it is a different story if they are still


damp. To be sure that the moisture does not seep into the handle and do damage, keep the head facing down. An easy way to do this is to place the handle of the brush on a rolled up hand towel, so that the bristles are resting on the vanity facing downwards. With that complete, it is as good as new.


Dont forget that sneaky bacteria can survive even the most thorough washing ,so don't forget to desinfect your brushes with a sanitizing spray e.g. Beauty So Clean, Cinema Cecrets Brush Cleaner or even make your own desinfectant spray with 70% alchohol, glyceryn and a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil.

Cleaning my makeup brushes is definitely not always my favorite activity, but with these easy steps it makes the process quick. You will definitely notice the difference washing your brushes makes in the long run.

By Bethany Yakel

About Bethany: Bethany is a beauty blogger intern for Hanna Mazur Hair and Makeup Artist sharing her opinion on all things beauty.

They will be more effective, last longer, and your skin will be better off!

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