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Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes: A Comprehensive Guide


Keeping your makeup brushes clean is essential for maintaining the quality of your tools and ensuring your skin stays healthy. It may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be as easy as washing dishes. Let’s dive into the process!

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Step 1: Pre-Cleaning

Before you start deep cleaning, remove any chunky makeup to make the cleaning process easier. You can do this by giving your brush a good wipe-down with a paper towel or a clean hand towel.

Step 2: Rinse

Wash your brushes under running water. This allows any dirt and excess product to wash off completely instead of leaving any grime in the bristles. Remember to keep the bristles pointed downward to prevent water from running back into the center of the brush, which can dissolve the glue that holds the bristles together.

Step 3: Apply Cleaner

Apply a few drops of cleaner directly on the brush itself, or apply on a towel, and then swirl the brush around until it runs clean. You can also use a brush mat, which has textured surfaces that mimic the effect of washing brushes with your hands.

Step 4: Rinse and Repeat

After applying the cleaner, rinse the brush under warm water again. Repeat the process until the water runs clear.

Step 5: Dry

Once your brushes are clean, you can leave them to dry by laying them down on a flat surface or using a brush tree to hang them vertically with the bristles pointing downwards. Brushes typically need 12 to 24 hours to dry after washing.


Q: How often should I clean my makeup brushes? A: If you’re an avid makeup wearer, washing your brushes is especially important. Not only does it help keep old product out of your current look, but it also keeps your skin clean and healthy.

Q: Can I use regular soap to clean my brushes? A: As much as possible, skip the regular bar soaps and pick up a brush cleanser that’ll actually get the grime out.

Q: What if I don’t have time to wait for my brushes to dry? A: Instant cleaners are great for when you have a brush that needs cleaning but don’t have the time to wait for it to dry.


Cleaning your makeup brushes doesn’t have to be a lengthy chore—it’s actually super simple to do. With these steps, you’ll have clean, ready-to-use brushes in no time!

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