As we swing into a new season, it’s time to freshen up those beauty tools.
Even though we use them almost every day, our makeup brushes are often overlooked when it comes to regular cleaning. Why does it matter? Over time the brush bristles can accumulate makeup residue, dead skin, oil, bacteria from our faces and even the surrounding environment, which can lead to breakouts. Gross.
Luckily, cleaning your brushes is super quick, and we’ll show you how to do it in just five easy steps.
How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes
- Wet. Run warm water over your brush head, holding it at a downward angle to avoid damaging the bristles.
- Soap. In the palm of your hand, combine a few drops of water with some fragrance-free baby shampoo.
- Swirl. Gently glide your brush in a circular motion over the soapy mixture to break up and remove makeup and grime.
- Rinse. Hold the brush bristles under warm water until the water runs clear.
- Dry. Use a clean towel to gently mold bristles back to their desired shape, then lay flat to dry overnight. (Never leave your brush upright in a brush holder to dry, as excess water can drip down into the base of the brush and cause damage.)
Pro Tip: No baby shampoo on hand? Use bar soap instead! Just wet the bar and hold it in your hand, then massage your brush over the soap until it comes clean.
Follow these steps weekly to keep your brushes looking and working their best. We like to clean brushes while we mask on Sunday nights, as part of our weekly detox routine, but you can do whatever works for you. And for those moments when you just need a quick clean on the fly, try wiping your brush over a clean makeup remover wipe to swipe away makeup from the tip of the brush before using.