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How to clean your makeup brushes

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Makeup brushes aren’t exactly cheap. When you spend good money on certain items you want to take good care of them. The same would go for your makeup brushes.

Cleaning your makeup brushes is vital in making your brushes last a long time. You don’t want to have to toss out a $40 makeup brush after six months of usage do you?

When it comes to keeping your brushes nice and clean, which should be done every couple of weeks, there are two different ways you can go. You can either spot clean your brushes or give them a nice deep cleaning. Whichever option you choose, it will take about five to ten minutes to clean. The more brushes that need cleaning, the longer it will take.

Here are tips on how to clean your makeup brushes.

When you clean your brushes make sure you’re not getting your entire brush wet. You want to solely focus on your bristles. What happens when the entire brush gets wet is that it drips down the silver part just above the handle, causing the glue to come lose and the brush to break off. This will be $40 down the drain.

When you clean your brushes that are flat or angled, sweep it back and forth until the brush is completely cleaned. If the brush is round or domed, sweep them in circle motions. This will help keep the shape of the brush.

When doing a deep cleaning, do the cleaning at night because they will need to dry over night.

Spot Cleaning Brushes

What you’ll need:

  • Makeup brush cleanser
  • Your Makeup brushes
  • A small cloth towel or paper towels


  1. Place a paper towel or cloth on your table. Hold your brush over that and spritz a little bit of the brush cleaner onto the brush.
  2. Start sweeping your brush either back & forth or in a circular motion onto your towel.
  3. Keep doing this until the brush is no longer leaving makeup on the cloth or towel. Swipe the brush onto a clean part of the towel. If nothing is on the towel than the brush is clean.
  4. Gently lay your brush on a clean paper towel for a few minutes to dry.

Deep Cleaning Brushes

What You’ll Need:

  • Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo
  • Clean Towel
  • A Bowl
  • Olive Oil (for your eyeliner brush if you use gel eyeliner)


  1. Start with your eyeliner and lip brush. Olive oil is the perfect product that’s going to remove that waxiness buildup on your brushes. Wipe your brush back and forth until the gel liner or lip product is completely off the brush.
  2. Next, carefully run your brushes under water. For better results make sure to run them under lukewarm water. Make sure to only get the bristles wet and not the entire brush.
  3. Take about a quarter-sized amount of baby shampoo and put it on you hand. Rub your brush into the soap and move the brush in a circular motion or back and forth until you notice the makeup completely off the brush.
  4. Carefully rinse the brush under the water or in your bowl. You might have to repeat this step until all the soap is completely off the brush.
  5. Reshape your brush and place it on a cloth or paper towel to dry completely.
  6. When cleaning your kabuki brush you’re going to follow these steps, but make sure the brush is always horizontal. If it’s not, there’s a good chance the water is going to end up at the head of the brush and it won’t dry properly. Once you’ve cleaned it, squeeze the bristles until no more water drips out. Reshape the brush and place it on its side to dry.

Have fun cleaning your brushes!