makeup brush, cleaning, how to maintain your makeup brushes

Tips & Tricks

You should be cleaning your makeup brushes more often than you think!

An important part of your beauty routine is regular cleaning of your makeup brushes. Cleaning them regularly means a clean face, true colors and that they'll remain intact so you can keep them around a little longer. 

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 mild normal shampoo (regular soap formulas can dry out the brush's bristles, especially if they are made of natural hair) or brush cleanser.

How often? 

How often you wash your tools depends on how often you use them. As a general rule, shampoo your brushes once a month and use a brush cleanser for weekly cleaning. This is because they soak up oils and bacteria with each use.

How do you actually clean the brushes?

Follow these seven steps for cleaner, good-as-new brush

Wet the bristles with lukewarm water.

Place a drop of makeup brush cleanser or mild normal shampoo 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

Do not dry vertically — this will cause water to leak into the ferrule [the piece that joins the bristles to the wand], which will also loosen the glue and lead to bristle loss.


Wash your brushes in the evening and leave them to dry thoroughly overnight before you need to use them again.Store brushes in a cool, dry place, preferably in their own bag. Avoid warm, damp bathrooms, where bacteria will have a party. 

How to store makeup brushes

Sort them and devide them into two categories; face and eyes. Keeping them separate will save you from losing your eyeliner brush in the bristles of your fluffy powder brushes. 

Do a brush check once or twice a year to make sure they are not past their prime