How To Clean Makeup Brushes

How To Clean Makeup Brushes

The other day I was looking at my makeup bag and it was looking pretty sad. I had makeup in there that was a bit old, outdated, and no longer in use. Plus, my actual bag had seen better days. My makeup brushes were looking a bit on the pathetic side too. I knew that I needed to get to work cleaning, organizing, and updating. So, that’s exactly what I did.

When I was at the store, I picked up a set of new makeup brushes, a few new pieces of makeup, and additional tools that I had been wanting to add to my repertoire.

When I got home, I emptied the contents of my makeup bag and immediately began scrubbing and sanitizing my makeup bag. While my makeup bag was drying, I started sorting through the contents of my bag. At the end of the sorting session, I ended up with a big pile of makeup that I tossed in the trash can.

Once my makeup bag was clean and dry, I added my new makeup brushes and other makeup items back into my bag. I couldn’t help but be pleased with the end result. With a fresh, clean face, I couldn’t wait to put on my makeup. My face felt so clean and fresh using clean, new products.

But, don’t worry. You don’t have to toss all of your products if they are still in working order. My brushes had seen better days so I knew that I needed to replace them. If your makeup brushes are still in decent shape, be sure to follow the steps outlined below to get clean makeup brushes.

Cleaning your makeup brushes is such an important step in your beauty routine. Why? As you use your makeup brushes, bits of makeup, oil, dirt, and bacteria tend to build up in the bristles over time. Gross, right?! Why would you want to put that bacteria all over a clean face? If you skip the makeup brush cleaning routine, you could end up with clogged pores, nasty breakouts, and filthy bacteria all over your face. No thank you.

The good news is that cleaning makeup brushes is a quick and simple process that you can easily accomplish on a weekly basis. Just be sure to wash your brushes after you apply your makeup for the day since the brushes will be wet for a few hours.


How To Clean Makeup Brushes

Thankfully, cleaning makeup brushes isn’t hard. After just a few simple steps, you’ll have makeup brushes that are clean and free of bacteria.


  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Gentle shampoo (preferably baby shampoo)
  • 2 Lint free cloths


  1. Run your brushes under lukewarm water so that all of the residual makeup washes off the brushes. Be sure not to wet the part where the bristles meet the handle since water can loosen the glue over time. Focus on the bristle area of the brush when running under lukewarm water.
  2. Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and add a few drops of gentle shampoo.
  3. Swirl each brush individually in the shampoo water.
  4. Rinse the bristles in lukewarm water.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the water runs clear.
  6. Wipe down the brush with a lint free cloth. Be sure to reshape the bristles.
  7. Place your brushes on a lint free cloth to dry.

How often do you clean your makeup brushes?

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