HOW TO: CLEAN YOUR MAKEUP BRUSHES IN 5 EASY STEPS

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How often should you clean your makeup brushes? The answer isn’t that simple.

It can vary from person to person and depends on your skin type and how often you wear makeup. But to keep things simple, it is generally recommended to clean your makeup brushes every 14 days. Cleaning your brushes regularly will not only keep bacteria away from your skin, but will also prolong the quality of your brushes. So here is your friendly reminder to CLEAN THOSE BRUSHES! Below are five easy steps to help you do it.

You Will Need:

Step 1

Pour the cleaning solution into a cup. There are plenty of products on the market specifically created for cleaning brushes or you can create your own homemade brush cleaner. 

Step 2

Swirl your dirty brush around in the cleaning solution. Make sure you are dipping just the tips of the brush bristles. You don’t want to soak the brushes because that could weaken the glue that holds the bristles in place.

Step 3

Rinse bristles under lukewarm running water from your sink. Gently swirl and massage the brush on your hand. There are also silicone brush cleaning gloves and mats you could use. I like the e.l.f. Makeup Brush Cleaning Glove and the Sigma Beauty Cleaning Mat

Step 4

Run the brush back and forth over a towel. Paint back and forth until the strokes on the towel no longer show makeup.  (You may have to repeat steps 2-4 to get the brush completely clean.)

Step 5

Reshape your brushes, lay them flat on a towel, and set them aside to dry overnight.


If you are in a pinch and want a quicker option you can use a brush cleaner. Spray the brush cleaner on a paper towel and sweep your brush across it until it appears clean. My personal favorite is the Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner.


Don’t feel guilty if you don’t wash your brushes as often as you should. It often slips my mind too! But makeup brushes play a crucial role in helping you get that perfect look, so let’s make more of an effort to give them some much needed TLC!

Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself. All opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links and I may earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support!

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