Let’s face it, good quality makeup brushes can be a pricey investment, so we want to get all we can out of them, right? One of the best ways to ensure that your brushes will last is by giving them a little TLC. Makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria. One of the best things you can do for your brushes and your complexion is to clean them – regularly. Clean them when they are first purchased and clean them on a regular basis to remove makeup, bacteria, oils, and dead skin cells.

There are many benefits of keeping your brushes clean, such as softness. Yes, did you realize that makeup build-up, such as foundation and bronzer, can cause your brushes to feel scratchy? If you have sensitive skin, cleaning your brushes regularly will help keep it soft. Trust me, your skin will thank you!

So how often should you wash your brushes? In a perfect world, brushes would be cleaned after every use, but really who has the time? Here are a few tips on how often each type of brush should be cleaned.

  • Foundation Brushes: Twice a week
  • Brushes used for powders, blush and bronzers: Once a week
  • Eyeshadow Brushes: Every 2-3 days (this is non-negotiable)
  • Eyeliner Brushes: After every use

wet makeup brushes

There are two ways I clean my brushes, and I try to follow the schedule above:

Option 1 (Quick & Easy): This is great for eye shadow brushes which need more care and foundation brushes which should be cleaned more frequently.

  1. Spray each brush with brush cleaner. ( I prefer MAC or Sephora Brush Cleaner )
  2. Rub each brush back and forth on a paper towel until clear.
  3. Run under warm water and position a towel with a round object underneath (think of  a see-saw) so that you can line your brushes to dry with the brush heads facing down.

Option 2 (More Complex): Great once a week cleaning for all brushes.

  1. Swirl brushes around in a bowl of warm water mixed with a mild baby shampoo.
  2. Soak in soapy water for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cool water.
  4. Reshape bristles.
  5. Position a towel with a round object underneath (think of  a see-saw) so that you can line your brushes to dry with the brush heads facing down.

Keep in mind you don’t want to dry your brushes in an upright position. The water settles into the glue at the base of each brush head that’s holding the bristles together and starts breaking down the glue over time, causing the hairs to come off when you swipe the brush against your face. We all know what I’m talking about…isn’t it annoying?!

Last but not least, store your brushes upright and spaced apart.