We paint, contour, and flush our faces with makeup brushes every day, but how often are those brushes being cleaned after the fact? Turns out, not enough. (Shocker.) According to dermatologists and makeup artists, we should be sudsing up our tools on a weekly basis — at least — in order to prevent bacteria buildup, which can ultimately led to unwanted breakouts. Read on to find out how to clean up your makeup brushes the right way.
First of all, how often should you clean your makeup brushes?
Most dermatologists will tell you to soak your tools, especially foundation and concealer brushes, once a week — at minimum — to prevent product buildup. Because these brushes are used on your face, the cleaner, the better, says Bobbi Brown. “Brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned at least twice a month,” she says. “All others can be washed once a month.”
According to makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci, soaping up your makeup brushes regularly can extend the life of the bristles and make for a better makeup application. “Brush hairs and sponges are porous, so they hold onto oils, debris, and bacteria,” she says. “If your brushes are dirty, your application will be spotty and blending will be difficult.”
What should you use to clean your makeup brushes?
The best (and most thorough) method for cleaning your tools requires only water and either a gentle soap (regular soap formulas can dry out the brush’s bristles, especially if they are made of natural hair) or brush cleanser. (Easy, peasy.)
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ArrowHow do you actually clean the brushes?
Follow these seven steps for cleaner, good-as-new brushes and blenders.
- Wet the bristles with lukewarm water.
- Place a drop of makeup brush cleanser or soap into the palm of your hand.
- Gently massage the tips of the bristles in your palm.
- Rinse the bristles.
- Squeeze out the excess moisture with a clean towel.
- Reshape the brush head.
- Let the brush dry with its bristles hanging off the edge of a counter, thereby allowing it to dry in the correct shape. Never let your brushes dry on a towel — the bristles can become mildewed.
Mid-wash, keep the base of the brush head away from soap and water. The bristles are glued to the base, and water and detergent can cause the glue to disintegrate and the bristles to come loose and shed. Do not dry vertically — this will cause water to leak into the ferrule , which will also loosen the glue and lead to bristle loss.
Do you recommend any makeup brush cleaning products?
Two products stand out: the 2X Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove and Vera Mona Color Switch.
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The only task more daunting than washing your face at the end of the day to take off your makeup is cleaning your makeup brushes. It’s easy to go weeks/months/actual decades without washing them because, honestly, who has the time or patience? But here’s the thing: Not only can unwashed brushes harbor bacteria, but the constant buildup can also wear on the bristles and ruin them over time. Breakouts and destroyed brushes? Hi, no thanks. But shoving all your brushes into a cup full of water and calling it a day, unfortunately, is not gonna cut it. So grab your makeup bag and follow the below advice on how to clean makeup brushes properly. I promise it won’t be that bad—or at least not as bad as taking off your makeup.
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- 1. Soap. Water. Hands. Done.
- 2. With a fancy, ribbed silicone mitt or mat.
- 3. Baby shampoo and a bowl.
- 4. With a cleansing balm.
- 5. With a hi-tech, brush-cleaning machine.
- 1. Clarifying or baby shampoo
- 2. Unscented soap
- 3. Dishwashing liquid
- 4. Olive oil
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Can dirty makeup brushes cause pimples?
Not only can dirty makeup brushes caked with product buildup make the application process challenging (blending is hard when your fluffy brush is more like a clumpy brush), they’re also notorious for collecting bacteria that can cause acne breakouts or worse. In other words, makeup and skin experts aren’t nagging you to wash your brushes for their own health—they’re doing it for yours.
How often should I wash makeup brushes?
How frequently you need to give your brush bristles a good scrub-down depends on how often you use your brushes and what you use them for. Some experts suggest cleaning them a couple times a month, while the American Academy of Dermatology recommends washing them every seven to 10 days—either way, it’s likely way more often than you’re used to doing it. But don’t freak out—with a combination of easy tricks and genius products, even the laziest of lazies can wash their tools with ease.
What should you clean makeup brushes with?
The first step in washing your brushes is choosing a cleanser that won’t destroy them (aka no harsh detergents). Many brands sell products specifically designed for makeup brushes, but you can also use a mild soap, baby shampoo, or a gentle face cleanser (Mario Dedivanovic loves using a face wash, specifically the Purity Made Simple Cleanser by Philosophy).
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But wait! Soap isn’t the only thing you need. You’ll also need to round up a few supplies to help with the scrubbing and drying steps of the cleaning process. While your hand would work just fine, you’ll also find a cleansing mat or another textured surface helpful in removing stubborn makeup faster. The goal when drying your brushes is to prevent water from seeping into the glue at the base and loosening the bristles. When setting them out to dry, keep your brushes tilted with the bristles pointed downward (a drying rack can help with this) instead of throwing them bristles up in a cup to dry.
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How do makeup artists clean their brushes?
Here’s what you don’t want to do: Fill up the sink and let the brushes soak, handles and all. Not only will the water warp the wood over time, but it’ll also seep into the base of the bristles and loosen the glue. You know how annoying it is when you’ve just perfected your foundation application, only to find a loose bristle embedded in your base makeup? If you soak your brushes, you’ll end up with a dozen loose bristles on your cheek (my personal nightmare).
Makeup artists are able to maintain the integrity of their makeup brushes for years and years by cleaning their tools regularly but also very carefully. As demonstrated by a makeup artist in this YouTube video, pour a little bit of the soap onto either hand, a cleansing mat, or another surface, then lightly swirl the wet brush into the cleanser, rinsing and re-dipping until the bristles are totally clear.
What home remedy can I use to clean my makeup brushes?
Cleaning your makeup brushes, while time-consuming and tedious, is pretty easy to DIY, even for us non-professional makeup artists. If you don’t have a specially formulated brush cleanser, try beauty YouTuber Nicole Guerrero’s at-home recipe. Mix a little bit of olive oil with soap to condition your brushes and keep them from drying out or feeling straw-like. Just make sure to thoroughly rinse out the oil and soap before moving on to the next step.
If you find that your makeup is really caked on or stuck in the hard-to-reach center of the brush, don’t scrub at it; you’ll ruin the shape of the brush. Instead, try this YouTuber’s trick of using a comb to brush through the hairs for a deeper clean.
If you’ve noticed that all the wetting, scrubbing, and squeezing has altered the shape of your bristles, you’ll need to reshape them before setting them out to dry. Use the palm of your hand and your fingers to shape the wet brush hairs back to their original form, or try this clever little trick: Slide the ends through an inexpensive mesh protector, which allows for airflow while still preventing the bristles from drying all frayed, flared, and out of whack.
If you don’t have a drying rack, fold one edge of your towel a few times to create a slight slant, then lay the brushes flat on the towel with the handles up on top of the folded edge so that the water runs out and down, instead of in and up toward the glue. Give your brushes a few hours to dry, or let them sit overnight.
Once they’re completely dry, run the bristles over your hand to gently loosen the shape until your brushes look brand-spankin’ new. See? I told you it wouldn’t be so bad.
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If you’re guilty of neglecting your makeup brushes, letting the powder and cream formulas build up on the bristles for weeks, or using more than one color without cleaning in-between … it’s okay! It happens to the busiest of us. But it’s good to spend a few minutes each week getting the gunk out. And it’s easier than you think! Let’s cover a few things before we get cleaning:
How often should I clean my makeup brushes?
Once or twice a week. “Ideally, the brushes should be clean every time you use them but that may be a real challenge to most of us,” says Sabina Wizemann, senior chemist at the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab. “Once or twice a week is probably adequate for brushes used for powder makeup such blushes and bronzers. But brushes used for liquid or cream makeup (like foundations, concealers, and eyeshadows) should be cleaned daily as they are more prone to harbor bacteria that can potentially cause infections.”
What should I use to clean them?
Try baby shampoo or ivory soap. “Baby shampoos seem to be widely used to clean brushes and they work really well,” says Wizemann. “I would especially recommend cleaning natural fiber brushes with baby shampoo, or use ivory soap because it takes liquid makeup off brushes quite well.”
While household products like olive oil and vinegar are often mentioned as solutions for brush cleaning, it’s best to keep those in the kitchen, says Wizemann. If you want a product specifically made for cleaning makeup brushes, we recommend EcoTools Makeup Brush Shampoo, Real Techniques Brush Cleaner, and French Nerds Nerdiest Brush Cleanser.
What about my Beautyblender?
Dab a dime-size amount of cleaning solution onto the sponge. Jami Svay, a professional makeup artist, recommends Dawn dishwashing soap. “It’s gentle so it doesn’t shred the sponge, but it’s a degreaser so it breaks down the foundation and concealer with ease,” Svay says. Massage the blender for 60 seconds, then add water and rinse while squeezing the sponge. Do this until the water in your sink runs clear, then gently roll it on a clean towel to remove moisture, and lay it flat to dry.
What are the best ways to store my makeup brushes?
Once they’re completely dry, place them in an upright cup, advises Wizemann. If you’re packing your brushes up for on-the-go use, make sure the cosmetic bag or case has been cleaned. (Check out a few of our favorite makeup cases and tips!)
Now that you have the information and tools to get the job done, here’s a step-by-step guide to cleaning your makeup brushes:
It appears as though many of us could use a little reminder about the importance of cleaning our makeup brushes regularly! This is according to a 2015 poll where 39% of women reported cleaning their makeup brushes less than once a month, and another 22% reported not cleaning them at all.
And while cleaning your makeup brushes might sound like a tricky or time-consuming process, it doesn’t have to be that way! And today I’ll be showing you a simple and effective method for how to clean your makeup brushes.
But first, I wanted to talk a little bit about why it’s so important to clean your makeup brushes on a regular basis.
Why Should I Clean My Makeup Brushes?
The main reason it’s so important to keep your makeup brushes clean is because it’s hygienic. Dirty makeup brushes are loaded with oily makeup residue, dead skin cells, and bacteria, which is not a good combination if you’re looking to avoid breakouts!
In addition to the hygiene factor, clean makeup brushes are also better for application. Applying and blending your makeup to perfection is much easier with a clean brush! Using a dirty brush can lead to spotty coverage and other issues.
What Should I Use To Wash My Makeup Brushes?
There are several different cleansers you can choose from to wash your makeup brushes, sponges, and other tools. Some makeup brush manufacturers offer a special cleanser for their brushes, which is supposed to help extend their lifespan. These cleansers can be a bit expensive, but there’s no reason not to use one if you already have it!
I personally use a few drops of Dawn dish soap to wash my brushes! The grease-cutting formula makes short work of all the oily makeup residue trapped in the bristles.
In addition to brush cleansers or dish soap, you could also use a gentle face cleanser (such as Cetaphil) or even baby shampoo. Any of these options can get the job done, so use what you have at home!
How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes
- Cleanser of choice (see above)
- Silicone trivet
- Clean towel
Run the bristles of your makeup brush under warm water, but try your best to keep the handle dry. (If the part that holds the bristles in place gets wet, the bristles may loosen or fall out.)
Squirt a small amount of your brush cleanser of choice onto a silicone trivet. (There are silicone brush cleaning mitts that are designed for this purpose, but a silicone trivet works just as well and it’s likely cheaper too!)
Place the wet bristles of your brush against the soapy trivet and gently swirl it around. Rinse the loosened makeup out of the brush as necessary, and add a bit more soap to the trivet if you need it.
When the brush is good and clean, rinse it thoroughly under running water. Use a clean towel to squeeze any remaining water out of the bristles, then set the brush across the top of a cup and allow it to air dry for several hours. (Don’t let them dry brush side up in the cup. The moisture can seep down into the brush handle and weaken the glue.)
How Often Should I Do This?
Follow the steps above to wash your makeup brushes every two weeks. For brushes or sponges that you use to apply liquid makeup like concealer or foundation, washing those weekly will help you avoid product buildup.
Keep in mind that makeup brushes don’t last forever. Keep an eye out for shedding, discoloration, or lingering smells, which should be taken as signs that it’s time to replace that brush!
How do you like to clean your makeup brushes?
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When it comes to painting a canvas, you need high-quality brushes. In makeup, you need awesome makeup brushes. Makes sense, right? But just like with any tool, they need tender lovin’ care and you better give that to your makeup brushes. Otherwise, they will cast a spell on you that will make your face breakout! So, here’s how toproperly clean your brushes to make sure they are bacteria-free and that you stay zit-free!
Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Let’s go!
Get your hands on Dawn anti-bacterial dishwashing soap, olive oil, a plate and some paper towels. Makeup gurus recommend using Dawn dish soap for its powerful degreasing properties.
Things you need to clean your makeup brushes.
Pour in some liquid soap and then pour olive oil on the other side. Do you see that part where the soap and oil meet? Swirl your makeup brush there and swirl some more until you feel you’ve got enough product in there.
Use Dawn liquid soap and olive oil together.
Now to actually get rid of the grime and dirt, you have to swirl the brush at the palm of your hand. Just swirl and swirl until you feel like you’ve cleaned it enough. After that, repeat Steps 1 to 3 with all the brushes you have.
Swirl the makeup brush on your hand.
Once you’re done cleaning them, it’s time to rinse them. Only use lukewarm water as this is the best temperature for your makeup brushes’ bristles.
Also, make sure that the brush is pointing downwards with the bristles at the bottom. Never hold the makeup brush the other way, water will go into the brush damaging the glue that holds the bristles together. No!!! It will destroy your precious brushes.
Rinse the soap and oil with lukewarm water.
What is that purple glove you see? Well that’s a spa cleaning glove and it will really help clean and rinse your brushes properly. Just wear the glove and start swirling away!
By the way, you can also use this in Step 3 because, sometimes, the bristles can hurt the hand and if you’re cleaning a lot, your hand may take a beating.
You can also use a spa cleaning glove for easier cleaning.
If you’re done rinsing the brush, squeeze the bristles to remove excess water. This will make drying easier and faster.
Squeeze the excess water out.
Yaaasss! You’re almost done. All you have to do is dry the brushes with a paper towel and let them air dry. Look at them all lined up, they know what you did and they love you for it!
Use paper towel to pat the brushes dry.
Cleaning your brushes may feel like a chore at first, but you’ll see that you’ll be able to enjoy the process knowing that you’ve shown deep affection for them. And your well cared-for brushes will return the love once they do their jobs and help make you even more beautiful!
Put those makeup brushes to work and try some subtle contouring for an everyday look.
This post was contributed by MakeupTutorials.com
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Every few weeks, I get a text from a friend asking me how to clean makeup brushes. “Do I just use soap?” or, “I read somewhere that can be used to clean them?” or, “Do I even have to clean them?” (Ugh, YES.) And then I launch into a long conversation about how exactly you wash your makeup brushes and Beauty Blenders, and around and around we go.
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Clearly, there’s a bunch of confusing information out there, and even more clearly, makeup brushes are not getting cleaned the way they should be (or at all, which is too horrible to think about…all of that harbored bacteria…). So instead of leaving you to your own devices with a possibly crappy DIY recipe, we broke down the five best ways to wash your makeup brushes, from the very basic soap and water, to an insanely expensive automated machine. Scroll down to find your favorite method, and then get those brushes clean.
1. Soap. Water. Hands. Done.
This is my personally preferred method for brushes and Beauty Blenders, because #easy, but you can’t just squeeze any ol’ soap on your precious brushes—you need to either use Dawn (the gentlest of antibacterial soaps) or none. Or, I guess you do have a third option, which is to use any generic soap and watch the bristles of your brushes gradually dry out and fall apart. Yay!
2. With a fancy, ribbed silicone mitt or mat.
If using your hands doesn’t feel thorough enough for your deep-cleaning desires, then no worries—we’ve got you covered. You can slip on the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove or set the Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette in your sink, both of which have an insane amount of rubby nubby patches to really wash away grime in the grooves of your brushes. The only caveat: You have to wash the matt and mitt after each use, too, to prevent bacteria from trying to set up shop.
3. Baby shampoo and a bowl.
Hey, if baby shampoo works for the world’s most-sensitive, delicate creatures, then it’s definitely going to work for your makeup brushes. The upside to using baby shampoo over regular dish soap is that it conditions your brush’s bristles while removing gunk, without any stiff, starchy residue. The downside is that you won’t get the same bacteria-killing benefits, which may be a deal-breaker for some.
4. With a cleansing balm.
Makeup-brush cleansing balms, like Japonesque Solid Brush Cleaner, are basically a cross between a bar of soap and baby shampoo. They’re generally formulated with a mix of oils (or, in Japonesque’s case, goat’s milk, olive oil, and palm butter) that are solidified in a little jar and lather lighting when you rub your brushes against them. The result: clean, soft, conditioned brushes.
5. With a hi-tech, brush-cleaning machine.
We’ll be the hundredth person to say that the Lilumia brush-washing machine is absolutely unnecessary for cleaning brushes, especially for $160, but it’s totally an option for people who just really, really hate cleaning their brushes. How it works: Insert six small brushes into the slots of the machine (pointed downward so the bristles rest in the reservoir of soap), close the egg-shaped lid, turn it on, and that’s it. The machine agitates the bristles back and forth in soap, then drains, and then does two rinse cycles—basically like a washing machine for your brushes. Does it work? Uh, kinda. Is it loud and bulky and expensive? Uh, yes. Check out this beauty blogger’s review, here:
The tools we use to apply our makeup are just as important as the products we use on our face, but they often get neglected when it comes to hygiene. Cleaning makeup brushes regularly is important, as it stops the spread of bacteria, which can lead to blemishes and breakouts.
Ideally, they should be washed once a month, and while there are products available specifically for this purpose, they can be cleaned just as effectively using products most people have in their homes. Time for some DIY!
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1. Clarifying or baby shampoo
Add a dollop of baby or clarifying shampoo to a bowl of lukewarm water, then swirl each dirty brush around until you have worked up a lather, using your fingers if necessary. Then rinse under a cold tap until all the soap has gone.
2. Unscented soap
Basic, unscented soap is really effective at cleaning makeup tools. Wet your brush, swirl it around on the bar of soap, then rinse it under the tap until the water runs clear.
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3. Dishwashing liquid
Dishwashing liquid is quite harsh, which makes it great at stripping product from makeup brushes. It can be used instead of clarifying or baby shampoo, and yields the same great, squeaky-clean results.
4. Olive oil
Dunk your brush in olive oil and massage until the caked-on gunk has become soft, then rub the brush on a clean sponge to remove all the makeup. To get rid of any excess oil, wash with detergent or shampoo. Voilà!
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WikiHow might have a perfectly fine article on how to clean the excess makeup, oil, dirt, and bacteria off of your contour, eyeshadow, and foundation brushes—but why settle for generic when you have Tom Pecheux on the line? In honor of spring cleaning Mr. Pecheux, as well as six other makeup artists who routinely lend their talents backstage and at editorial shoots, chimed in when we asked about their techniques for keeping their tools clean between the many faces they touch.
Tom Pecheux: “I like to use an organic soap to clean my brushes. Something like Savon De Marseille Olive Oil Soap, which I prefer in a bar, so that I can rub my brushes directly onto the bar of soap. I do this after each time I use my brushes. Once in a while, when I don’t have to work the following day, I wash with the bar soap and let my brushes chill over an air conditioner to soften them. If I’m in a rush, I will set them on top of a radiator, and if I really don’t have time, I will put a blow dryer to them. It is important to let them dry naturally and standing up so the shape is restored. For synthetic brushes, like lip and concealer brushes, I use hand sanitizer on them after each use.”
Beau Nelson: “I clean my brushes using the Beautyblender Solid Blendercleanser for natural hair brushes, which is great for me because it’s portable, and I can take it anywhere without it leaking all over the place. Occasionally, I condition my natural hair brushes with hair conditioner and leave them to soak it in for an hour or so. For synthetic brushes, I use dish soap like Dawn, which helps cut through the cosmetic oils and silicones used in makeup that can be hard to get out. The number one thing I’ve found that I love is the Sigma Beauty Spa Brush Cleaning Glove. It looks crazy, but that in combination with the Blendercleanser gets my brushes cleaner than ever was possible before.”
Lottie: “I shampoo my brushes with unscented Savon de Marseille Bar Soap. Then, I lay them flat to dry overnight. I use dish soap for stubborn grease paints or glitter in brushes, but I only use synthetic brushes for these things so that the hairs are not destroyed.”
Mario Dedivanovic: “To clean my brushes, I first wet them thoroughly with water and rub them gently onto a bar of antibacterial soap. I then rinse them with warm water and wash one more time with a gentle shampoo— Johnson’s Baby Shampoo works well. I like to mix a couple drops of tea tree oil with the shampoo because it has antiseptic benefits, and it also leaves the brushes smelling great. I give a final rinse, squeeze them out gently with my fingers, and lay them on a clean towel to dry.”
Gucci Westman: “I like using the Éminence Organics Natural Brush Cleanser. I also found an Organic Lavender Brush Cleanser from Afterglow Cosmetics, which is great! I clean my brushes every day after I use them and deep clean once a week since lots of bacteria can accumulate in brushes, and I am a clean freak with my kit. For the deep cleaning, I use Rahua Shampoo. I put the cleanser in a cap and dip the brush in. After I wash them, I let them dry on a towel. Sometimes I spray them, depending on time—if I am catching a flight or in a rush, I spray and try to make sure they are dry as possible before putting them in the brush cases so that they don’t lose shape and the hairs stay intact.”
Hung Vanngo: “I am a neat freak, so I clean my brushes after every single makeup look. To clean the brushes, I pour liquid brush cleanser into a little bowl and then dip in one brush at a time, swirling the brush around in the bowl . I usually leave the foundation and concealer brush for last. After that, I use tissues to soak up most of the liquid on the brushes, then lay them all flat on top of a paper towel to dry. For lip brushes and brushes that I use with heavy pigments, I use The Masters’ Brush Cleaner and Preserver because it can strip off all the oils and pigments. This is made to clean painter’s brushes, so you can get it at any art supply store.”
[Brigitte Reiss-Andersen)(http://into.gl/1GdOiZT): “Dirty brushes tend to not distribute powders properly because of the yucky build up. I never use water because it makes them smell terrible. It also makes the bristle loose, which leads to the brush falling apart over time—and wood handles don’t like being wet either. I prefer a spirit solution, which is quite easy to find these days. Japonesque, Ben Nye, and Cinema Secrets—which you can find in Sephora—all have really good ones. In addition to cleaning the brushes perfectly, the alcohol in the solution is an instant disinfectant as well. Just pour enough cleaner into a glass or a paper cup—no plastic because the product will melt it—to cover the bristle. Dip the brush into the solution and move it around to help it dissolve the dirt. Then, place the brush on a paper towel, squeeze thoroughly, and let it dry on a towel. I prefer squeezing rather than rubbing because it’s gentle for the brushes, and they will certainly last longer. After about 30 minutes, the cleaner has evaporated, and what you have is a perfectly clean, dry brush.”
—as told to ITG
Photographed by Tom Newton.