How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes In 4 Simple Steps

Using good quality makeup brushes to look stunning is absolutely essential. In fact, we even told you which brush would be right for what application. But how often have you removed the makeup completely from your vanity brushes? Did you know that unclean brushes can cause acne and skin infections?

Regular cleaning of makeup tools will ensure all the dirt and debris have been removed, along with dead skin cells, excess oil and bacteria. It also increases the lifespan of your brushes, so you must clean them at least once a week. We show you how to clean them in four easy steps.

clean your makeup brushes

a. Shampoo/detergent/soap
b. Sponge
c. Olive oil or almond oil
d. Hair conditioner
e. Clear finger nail polish – this is optional

Cleaning Process

1. Light Makeup Brushes
You can use anything to clean your brushes as long as it is mild. First, soak your brush in lukewarm water for five to 10 seconds. Next, take a bit of soap or shampoo and lather it on the brush. Be careful not to touch it to the metal rim and handle above it, as it might rust. Next, put it in lukewarm water again and rinse till all traces of makeup are out. Squeeze the excess water out and leave it to dry for a day.

2. Heavy Makeup Brushes
This process should be used on brushes used for oil-based makeup such as foundation or gel eyeliner. These brushes are stiff, so they need to be free of makeup residue and water won’t help. Take a clean paper towel, use a small amount of olive or almond oil and swirl the brush in it lightly, then wipe it with a clean tissue. If you want, you can wash it with soap after this is done. Be careful not to use too much oil as it can be hard to remove and can also ruin the brush. A tinge of it should work just fine.

3. Soft Bristles
When dealing with a brush that has soft bristles, a regular wash can leave it rough and starchy. Use a dot of hair conditioner to soften it and wash it with water and leave to dry.

4. Brush Handles
Now that your brush is clean, you need to also care for the handle as it can gather bacteria over time passing from one hand to the other. Clean it using wet wipes and dry with regular tissue. To avoid the number or any information on the handle from rubbing off, use a clear nail polish to coat it.

We hope you’re trying to clean your makeup tools and vanity bag. Do let us know if you have anything to add to the list.

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