How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Hello Beautiful! One of the most essential, but dreaded, chores of a makeup lover is to clean their makeup brushes. Although nothing feels as good as applying your makeup with a fresh and clean makeup brush, getting your brushes to that squeaky-clean state is not the most fun task. It is important to clean your brushes to avoid breakouts and stop bacteria, debris, and other nasty stuff from transferring to your face. In this article, we will talk about how to give your brushes a quick clean daily and how to easily give your tools the deep cleaning that they need every week. We have a list of all the products you need to get your brushes as clean as possible. We even found some products to help make this dreaded chore easier. Did you know there are machines that clean your brushes now? Keep reading to learn more.

Daily Cleaning

Daily cleaning of your brushes will help get rid of some of the makeup, bacteria, and other debris that is building up on your brushes. This is also great if you use brushes for multiple tasks or like to play around with various colors. For daily cleaning, we recommend a spray brush cleaning that is meant for daily cleaning like these below. When using a daily cleaning spray, your bristles are cleaned and conditioned at the same time. The brushes will also dry quickly without any remaining residue, making them ready for your next makeup application.

How to Clean Your Brushes Daily

Products Needed

Daily brush cleaner

Clean paper towels

Dirty used brushes

Step 1: After you have applied your makeup for the day, take the makeup brushes that you have used and put them to the side so you know what brushes you need to clean.

Step 2: Grab one of your dirty brushes and spritz it with your daily brush cleaner. There is no need to over saturate the brush.

Step 3: Wipe clean the brush on the paper towel.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 on each brush until it wipes clean on the paper towel.

Weekly Deep Cleaning

Giving your makeup brushes a weekly deep cleaning is necessary to remove not only stuck on makeup, but any oil, debris, bacteria, and other undesirable build-up that collects on your brushes throughout the week. You also want to condition your brushes weekly to keep them in tip-top shape, this will help them to last longer. When your brushes are cleaned properly, regularly, your makeup applies easier, blends better, and is dispensed evenly over your face. When cleaning your brushes weekly you can use one of the specialty shampoos listed below. Follow the directions recommended for washing to keep your brushes in their best shape.

How to Deep Clean Your Brushes with Products Found in Your Home.

Yes we know this is the difficult way to clean your brushes. It is much more time consuming than purchasing one of the fantastic and mostly very affordable products listed above but we like to be thorough and give you the choice! So here goes:

Products Needed

Dish Soap

Coconut Oil


Microwave safe plate


Dirty Brushes

Step 1: Pure coconut oil comes solid and needs heat to become liquid. We recommend warming a teaspoon of oil on your microwave safe plate for 5-10 seconds in the microwave until it becomes a liquid.

Step 2: Once your coconut oil has melted, add a few squirts of dish soap and mix the two liquids together to create your own brush cleansing solution.

Step 3: Take your dirty makeup brush and run it under lukewarm water to loosen up any stuck-on makeup or debris. Avoid getting the base of the bristles wet, where the bristles and the brush handle meet. This may cause the glue to loosen over time and eventually your brush to come apart.

Step 4: Swirl the wet brush into your cleansing solution

Step 5: Swirl the brush into the palm of your hand or cleansing mat or egg (see below) while running it under lukewarm water.

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the water runs clear

Step 7: Reshape the bristles with your hands back to their original shape

Step 8: Either lay flat on a towel to dry or hang dry on a specialty drying rack (see below).

How to Make Cleaning Your Brushes Easier

Norate Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat


So there you have it! Everything you need to know about caring for your makeup brushes. Lets face it ladies most of us spend a fortune on the right face creams and makeup and even buy expensive brushes but many us totally neglect to look after our brushes and that is such an important step to perfecting your overall look and keeping your skin flawless. Dirty brushes carry bacteria and can cause skin problems like acne.

So which of these products will you be adding to your routine to make cleaning your brushes more of a pleasure than a chore?

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