How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Laura Lee
Jul 25, 2021

Just like washing your face every night and applying facial serums on your skin, cleaning your makeup brushes properly is an essential part of a good skincare routine. You might have noticed that dirty brushes don’t work as well as clean ones, but that’s not even the main reason why you should remember to keep them clean. Washing your makeup brushes every week prevents bacteria buildup, which can lead to breakouts and other types of skin inflammation.

While there are several great options out there, you don’t have to buy a cleanser specific for your brushes. A regular face wash or even dishwashing liquids can be more than enough to remove foundation, concealer, or eyeshadow from their bristles. The most important thing, whether your makeup brushes are synthetic or natural, is that you use a gentle soap. While regular soaps have the potential to dry out the bristles, gentle ones will keep them soft and shiny.

Makeup brushes

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To make your brushes look as good as new, these are the steps you need to follow. First, wet their bristles with lukewarm water, then squeeze a drop of cleanser onto the palm of your hand, and move the tips of the bristles in a circular motion around your palm. After rinsing the bristles thoroughly, squeeze out the excess water and re-form the shapes of each brush head. Let your brushes dry with their bristles hanging off the edge of a counter – this allows them to dry completely.