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How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes


Makeup brushes are essential tools for any makeup enthusiast. However, these brushes can accumulate product residue, dirt, and oil over time. Regular cleaning is crucial to maintain their performance and prevent skin issues. This blog post will guide you on how to clean your makeup brushes.

Why Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

Cleaning your makeup brushes doesn’t have to be a lengthy chore—it’s actually super simple to do! 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.

Step-by-Step Guide to Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Step 1: Wipe Off Excess Makeup

Before you start deep cleaning, grab a paper towel or a clean hand towel and give your brush a good wipe-down (handle and all). Just one quick wipe can take off a lot of product and makes the cleaning job that much easier.

Step 2: Run the Bristles Under Warm Water

Place the brush under water and keep the bristles pointed downward. This will help prevent water from running back into the center of the brush, which can dissolve the glue that holds the bristles together and ruin your brush.

Step 3: Mix Warm Water and Shampoo

Make a cleaning solution with a baby or clarifying shampoo. Fill up a bowl or a shallow dish with water, then mix in your shampoo of choice. The measurements don’t have to be exact but try sticking to a 1:2 ratio (1 part shampoo and 2 parts water).

Step 4: Add Olive Oil or Coconut Oil

Oil-based foundations and concealers can be harder to get off your makeup brushes; however, adding a 1 US tbsp (15 mL) of olive or coconut oil can help break down the product and clean your brushes.

Step 5: Rinse and 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.


Q: How often should I clean my makeup brushes?

A: If you’re an avid makeup wearer, it’s recommended to clean your brushes at least once a week to prevent buildup of product residue and bacteria.

Q: Can I use dish soap to clean my brushes?

A: While some makeup experts recommend using dish soap to cleanse your brushes because of its degreasing properties, others warn that the harsh soap could dry your bristles out over time.

Q: How long does it take for brushes to dry after washing?

A: Brushes typically need 12 to 24 hours to dry after washing, depending on what they’re made of.


Cleaning your makeup brushes is a simple yet essential task for maintaining your makeup tools and ensuring a flawless application. With these steps, you can keep your brushes clean and your skin healthy!

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