How To Clean And Take Care Of Makeup Brushes January 3, 2017

Do you have any idea what could be growing in your makeup brush?

Bacteria. Living, breathing and actively breeding bacteria. Are you creeped out yet? Well, you should be! Think about this the next time you go an entire month without cleaning your brushes!

Using makeup brushes has changed my makeup game for the better, but you know what they say right? “With great power comes great responsibility!”

So be responsible and read on to learn how to clean your makeup brushes!

Let’s go through the various types of brush bristles first!

Types of Brush Textures

1. Natural Bristle Brushes

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These use actual animal hair. They tend to pick up the product better and helps in blending better, which is why they’re so expensive. Sonia Kashuk’s brushes are quite popular in the natural bristle department. Unfortunately, they tend to shed and are difficult to clean because of how much pigment they pick up. Consider yourself warned if you have allergies since they are animal hair!

2. Synthetic Bristle Brushes

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I prefer this one, even though the application is better for makeup with natural bristle brushes. I am just not comfortable using animal hair and fur, no matter how much they say they aren’t harmed! They are also cheaper and easier to clean, and it’s so not worth torturing an animal with a razor! A lot of people say that the synthetic brushes aren’t as soft, but I personally don’t feel so! Have you used the EcoTools or Real Techniques brushes? They’re so soft!

Alright, now let’s look at how to actually clean the brushes!

How To Clean Makeup Brushes

Primarily, there are two methods that are popularly used to clean brushes. Let’s dive right in!

Spot Cleaning

This method can be used when you are short on time. It’s the easiest and quickest option. We usually run out of available brushes when it comes to eye makeup. A clean brush is always preferable for blending. These kinds of brushes can easily be spot cleaned.

What To Use To Clean Makeup Brushes

  • Makeup Brush Cleaner- ELF, Clinique and MAC are all excellent choices.
  • Paper towel

How To Spot Clean Makeup Brushes

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1. Pick Your Product

First off, you will need a makeup brush cleaner.

2. Wet Your Brushes

Spray the product onto the brush, enough to make it damp.

3. Use A Paper Towel

Gently swirl the brush on a paper towel till the product is gone from the brush.

4. Repeat The Steps

Wipe off any excess dampness and repeat with the rest of the brushes.

Next, we move onto Deep Cleaning!

Deep Cleaning

You cannot get away with just spot cleaning your brushes. Even if you try and spot clean a foundation brush, there are still traces found. Deep cleaning is a must! This is the only way to make sure that your brushes are free from any bacteria.

What To Use To Clean Makeup Brushes

  • Gentle or Baby Shampoo/Dish Soap
  • Gentle Bar Soap
  • Olive Oil
  • Paper Towels
  • Vinegar (Optional)
  • Brush Cleaning Silicon Mat/Glove(Optional)

How To Deep Clean Makeup Brushes

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1. Pick Your Product

You can either squeeze some of the shampoo/soap onto your hand or the glove. You may add some vinegar if you’d like. I know a lot of people use it, but I personally don’t. If you have a lot of brushes, it’s better to buy a silicon cleaning glove, as using your glove can make your hands really dry. Add a drop of olive oil to the soap or shampoo. This helps in keeping the brushes moisturized and strong.

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2. Pick Your Choice Of Cleaning Surface

This can be your hand or a silicon mat/glove. Swirl your brush gently where the shampoo was squeezed.

3. Gently Rinse

Once you’re sure that all traces of makeup from the brush has been removed, place the brush under a running tap. Make sure the pressure of the tap isn’t too much, or the temperature isn’t too hot, as this can damage the bristles of the brushes.

4. Clean Them With A Paper Towel

Squeeze any excess water from the brushes, dry them with a paper towel and lay them down to dry.

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5. Let It Dry

Leave them to dry preferably overnight.

How To Deep Clean Makeup Sponges

Do not neglect your beauty blenders! They require a thorough cleaning as well! This is where the soap bar comes in.

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1. Pick Your Bar Of Soap

It’s easier to use a soap bar when cleaning your beauty blenders.

2. Pick Your Choice Of Cleaning Surface

Swirl the sponge on the bar to get the soap and then swirl it over the glove or your hand.

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3. Rinse

Run it under the tap and check to see if all the makeup is gone.

4. Repeat

Repeat the process if required.

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5. Leave To Dry

Squeeze gently till you get most of the water out and leave it overnight to dry.

How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

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Excellent question and the answer to that should be, probably every day, if we’re thinking about hygiene and skin. However, it’s not quite possible to do that because of our busy schedules, so a decent and reasonable time frame should be once a week. You never know what kind of bacteria is growing on your brushes. It’s practically a breeding ground! If you have extremely sensitive skin, it’s highly suggested that either you use a different brush every day, or that you at least spot clean them.

Let’s look at some tips and precautions that will make your life easier when it comes to brush cleaning.

Tips and Precautions

If you have acne prone or sensitive skin, please (and I can’t stress this point enough), use new brushes.

  • Keep two sets of brushes so that in case you need a backup brush, they’re clean and ready to use.
  • While letting your brushes dry, don’t leave them standing upwards. If you do this, the water may drip downwards to where the glue holds the bristle and causes the brush to shed faster.
  • Don’t put off deep cleaning for more than a few days.
  • Try and set some time aside every weekend for cleaning your brushes. Think of it as a stress buster! Put on some music while you clean!

Well, I hope you understand how important it is to clean your brushes on a regular basis! You wouldn’t want to create a little family living in your brush now, would you? I hope you’re off cleaning your brushes ASAP. I definitely know what I’m doing the first thing after I get home today!