How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes- Here’s How?

Makeup Brushes

If you’re wondering how to wash makeup brushes, look no further! Here’s everything you need to know about the best way to clean makeup brushes.

Makeup Brush Cleaning Methods

There are two main makeup brush cleaning methods: electric and manual. 

If you plan to clean your makeup brushes manually, you will want to use a silicone scrub pad. You can rub your makeup brush bristles against this with some warm water and cleanser to help remove any buildup from the brush. It may also help you get the makeup brush cleanser you use to lather. 

If you’d prefer a quicker or less labor-intensive solution, you can use a makeup brush cleaner machine. This machine is built to gently and thoroughly remove any dirt and debris from your makeup brushes with minimal work. It can also dry your brushes most of the way, speeding up the overall dry time needed before you use them again.

Supplies You’ll Need

Makeup brush supplies

Whether you are using an electric or manual method, you’ll need to have these things on hand:

1. Makeup brush cleanser – This makeup brush cleaner liquid helps to break down any oil, debris, and waterproof makeup that may have built up on your brushes. You can also use it as a face sponge cleaner.

2. Warm running water – This will be important for rinsing your brushes off after cleaning.

3. Drying rack – It is important to ensure your brushes dry thoroughly to prevent mold or bacteria from beginning to grow deep in the brushes. Ideally, your brushes should be allowed to dry bristle side down for at least 12 hours before their next use.

Once you have these items gathered, along with your dirty makeup brushes and brush cleaning mat or machine of your choice, you are ready to start cleaning!

How To Wash Makeup Brushes At Home

Here’s how to successfully wash your makeup brushes, broken up by method.

How To Clean Makeup Brushes Manually

Woman holding makeup brush

Gather your supplies and put on a good podcast before getting started. This process usually takes 10-15 minutes for a full set of eye and face brushes but may take longer if you have an expansive collection.

Once you have everything together, here are the steps to clean your makeup brushes:

1. Wet the bristles: Run the brush under lukewarm water, ensuring the water doesn’t reach the ferrule (the metal part where the bristles are attached).

2. Cleanse the brush: Place a small amount of mild shampoo or brush cleaner into your palm or a shallow bowl. Gently swirl the brush bristles in the solution, working up a lather. 

3. Rinse Thoroughly: Rinse the bristles under running water until the water runs clear, ensuring all soap residue is removed. 

4. Shape and Dry: Gently reshape the bristles with your fingers to their original form. Lay the brushes flat on a clean towel to air dry, ensuring they’re not standing upright to prevent water from seeping into the ferrule. 

5. Optional Disinfection: If desired, you can mist the brushes with rubbing alcohol after cleaning to disinfect them further. 

6. Repeat as Necessary: For heavily soiled brushes, you may need to repeat the process. 

How To Clean Makeup Brushes With An Electric Brush Cleaner

Woman collecting makeup brushes

This is a quicker method than manually washing your makeup brushes and is often more thorough because the machine is able to dislodge more buildup than a makeup brush cleaning mat. Gather your supplies as listed above, and let’s dive in.

First, attach the brush to the designated holder on the cleaner. Next, add a small amount of gentle brush cleanser to the bristles or to the cleaning reservoir, as per the device’s instructions. Turn on the electric cleaner, and let it rotate or oscillate to dislodge makeup residue from the bristles. After a few seconds, turn off the cleaner and rinse the brush thoroughly under running water. Finally, allow the brush to air dry before storing it. Electric brush cleaners offer a hands-free approach to deep cleaning, ensuring your brushes are thoroughly sanitized and ready for use in no time. 

How To Wash Makeup Sponges

If you also use sponges when applying makeup, it’s important to clean them, too. Remember that if you apply makeup daily, application sponges should be cleaned weekly and replaced every three months.

Washing makeup sponges is essential for maintaining hygiene and extending their lifespan. Start by dampening the sponge with lukewarm water. Apply a small amount of mild soap or gentle cleanser directly onto the sponge or onto your hands. Gently massage the sponge in circular motions to work up a lather, ensuring all makeup residue is removed. Rinse the sponge thoroughly under running water until the water runs clear. Squeeze out any excess water and gently reshape the sponge. Allow it to air dry in a well-ventilated area. It’s recommended to clean makeup sponges at least once a week to prevent too much buildup.

Let’s Get Those Brushes Squeaky Clean

Makeup brushes in a cup

Maintaining clean makeup tools is essential for both hygiene and makeup application quality. Whether cleaning brushes manually or using electric brush cleaners, regular maintenance ensures the longevity of your tools and prevents potential skin issues. By incorporating proper cleaning techniques into your routine, you can enjoy flawless makeup application while promoting skin health and hygiene. 

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