How to Clean Makeup Brushes

how to clean makeup brushI don't clean my makeup brush as much as I should. Ladies who use a face powder with a cosmetic brush (like me) should wash the brush every two weeks to each month, depending on use. Well, I know what I'm going to be doing later today.

Cleaning your makeup brush helps remove the oils, dirt, and any bacteria that gets caught up in the bristles. It helps keep your skin clear and lessens the chance of clogging pores.

What's the best method of cleaning?


The answer depends on the type of cosmetic brush you use -- there are natural hair brushes and synthetic brushes, most made of nylon. 

I have a natural hair brush and I have used either baby shampoo or my own face wash to clean it.

Here's how I do it:

  • Place only the bristles under warm and slow-flowing running water and gently fan out. You can also use bowl of water and submerge bristles and swirl around.
  • Remove bristles from water and add a pea sized drop of baby shampoo or an oil-free face wash and lather. You will see the old makeup start to change the color of the lather.
  • Suds up and lightly rinse bristles under water until the water runs clear.
  • Gently squeeze out any excess water and reshape brush.
  • Lay brush on its side, with bristles over an edge so they don't get out of shape. Don't lay it on a surface -- that can make bacteria seep in. 
  • Never use heat to dry brush. Let it dry naturally.

When CafeMom laddybuug asked what is the proper way to clean her foundation brush in the All About Hair And Makeup group, answers varied.

  • StructuredChaos says that it's best to use a cleaner made for brushes, but you can use a mild cleanser and add a drop of tea tree oil for antibacterial purposes. Lay on a clean towel to dry.
  • EHolman says that synthetic brushes should only be cleaned with a brush cleaner. She reminds us to lay them flat to dry because if you put them bristles facing up in a cup to dry, the water will run into the glue and loosen the bristles. Great point!

All great tips!

Have another one to share? Tell do you clean your makeup brushes?

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