The Art of Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

We are all so much more aware of how important it is to ensure everything is clean, hygienic, and sanitised, thanks to the pandemic. And it is just as important for our makeup tools and devices, particularly makeup brushes.


If you’ve developed robust skincare and makeup regimen, then you don’t want to undo all that hard work by using dirty brushes. While there are electronic makeup brush cleaners available, you can easily clean your kit at home. We have a look at how.


First, grab a bowl of warm water to put all your makeup brushes and tools in, before adding a few drops of mild dish detergent, and mix with some olive oil or baby shampoo. Let them soak for a few hours or overnight. This should effectively remove dirt from bristles and sponges.


Depending on how often they are used, try to wash your brushes at least once a month. If you have tools that are used more regularly, you may need to wash them once a week.


If you’re using brushes to apply liquid makeup, then they may need washing after every use to keep them in good shape. Whether it’s foundation, blush, or highlighter, the oils and moisture can build up, and lead to bacteria growth.


Even brushes you do not use that often will need a monthly clean to get rid of any dust that has accumulated.

Once brushes have been soaked, give the bristles a good rub in the palm of your hand and rinse them under warm water while holding the brushes downwards. Squeeze out any excess water. Dry by hanging them down or laying them flat on a cloth or paper towel.


Use a few drops of hand sanitiser on a cotton bud to clean eyelash curlers, makeup pencil sharpeners, tweezers and other such tools, and allow to air dry before use.


For an extra layer of protection, spray some sanitiser lightly over the bristles and sponges. This is super important if you share tools or are an MUA!


The most important step, however, is to make sure you wash your hands properly before touching your face and/or your makeup tools.


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