Washing your makeup brushes should be part of your regular routine, yet many of us skip this very important step. Makeup, dirt, oil and bacteria can get trapped in the bristles, so it’s important to keep your brushes clean. Maintaining your brushes is not only important for hygiene, but it will stretch the lifespan, which ultimately saves you money. Not washing your brushes can lead to skin problems like dirt-clogged pores, breakouts or even possible infections. So now that you’re so ready to deep clean your brushes, lets begin with the supplies you will need:
I use The Master’s Brush Cleaner & Preserver. This product is used for paintbrushes, so it’s easy to find at any craft store such as Michaels or A.C. Moore. It cleanses and conditions, but does not sanitize. You can fill a small spray bottle with alcohol and spray the brushes directly. Make sure not to spray too much, or too close, or it will dry out your brushes.
Another DIY brush cleanser concoction is the combination of basic dish soap (to sanitize and clean) and extra virgin olive oil (to condition). If you’re going the DIY route, you’ll need to mix the cleanser on a small plate.
- Pour 2 parts dish soap, 1 part olive oil on the plate
- Use lukewarm water (hot water damages the bristles)
I always wash my brushes in the sink, so I suggest you clear out anything in or around your sink. Put out a towel, lay out the brushes to dry, and voila!
- Wet the bristles under running water. Try not to soak the handle or the meeting point of bristles and handle. If anything besides the bristles get too wet, it can rot or warp the wood and loosen the glue.
- GENTLY swirl the bristles in your cleanser. No need to push too hard on the brush. Swirl the bristles in a figure 8 motion so that the soap gets to all of the bristles.
- Do the same circular motion on the palm of your hand with the brush to get the product broken down. You should see the product buildup leaving your brushes.
- Rinse the brush under the water again.
- If you think you need a second wash, go for it! Kabuki brushes and other large brushes will most likely need a few washes until the water runs clear from the brush.
- When the soap is completely rinsed out and the water is clear, squeeze the excess water out of the bristles (not too hard), and lay them on the towel. NEVER stand your brushes with the bristles facing up to dry. Water will travel into the handle and loosen the glue causing the bristles to fall out.
- Line all of your washed brushes on a flat surface and leave them to dry in an area that is out of your way.
You should spot clean your brushes daily using a spray cleaner and deep clean them weekly using the technique I explained above. I usually deep clean my brushes at night so they have time to dry while I sleep. Sometimes the larger dense powder brushes take longer than 10 hours to dry, so always try to do those first.