How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

Stylisted - How To Wash Your Makeup BrushesOne of the most important steps in any beauty routine is to make sure the beauty tools we use are clean. If we don’t clean our brushes regularly, old makeup, dirt, oil, dead skin, and bacteria can build up on our tools. All of these gross things contribute to breakouts when we use them, so today, we’re going to share different ways to keep your makeup brushes clean!

 Stylisted - How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

1. Classic method: Soap and olive oil

This is the most widely used age-old method for cleaning makeup brushes. For this method, you will need antibacterial dish soap or hand soap, olive oil, and a small bowl to mix in. You can also use baby shampoo or a bar soap. We swear by this one for our brushes and this for the BeautyBlender.

Squeeze in a generous amount of antibacterial soap into a small bowl and add in about a tablespoon of olive oil. The soap will disinfect the brushes and the olive oil will condition it. Dampen a dirty makeup brush and dip it into the bowl. Gently swirl the brush onto the palm of your hand and rinse.

TIP: To give your brushes a deep clean, use a brush-cleaning mat such as this one by Sigma Beauty. This mat has various textures to clean different brush sizes and makes cleaning a breeze!

*A more affordable alternative to a brush-cleaning mat is to use a silicone potholder, which you can find at your local 99¢ store.

Stylisted - How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

2. Spot Cleaning

This method allows you to quickly clean your makeup brushes after each use. Using a spot cleaner helps to disinfect your brushes regularly so that bacteria and old makeup does not build up throughout the week.   

Simply pour out about a half-cup of the spot cleaning solution into a small bowl, dip the dirty makeup brush into the bowl, and gently swirl the brush onto a paper towel until the makeup residue is no longer visible. If the solution comes in a spray format such as the one shown above by NYX, just spritz it onto your dirty brushes and wipe them with a paper towel.

3. Drying your makeup brushes

After you clean your makeup brushes, you want to make sure you dry them in a downward position. If you lay your brushes on its side, the water will not completely drain and that will cause the bristles to loosen over time. Using a makeup brush drying rack will help your brushes dry in a more hygienic way.

TIP: You can also DIY your own drying rack using a cutting board and rubber bands.

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