How To Clean Makeup Brushes

We conceal, contour and highlight our face with makeup brushes every day. But can we talk about how frequently we’re cleaning them? And the answer is no! Often we forget to clean our makeup tools and end up using the dirty ones. Giving them a thorough washing once or twice a month is not enough. According to dermatologists, we should clean our tools regularly. This prevents dirt buildup which can lead to breakouts. Let’s dig in to find out more about how to clean our makeup brushes, the right way.

How often should we clean our makeup brushes?

Frequent makeup brush cleansing helps to keep your skin cleaner. 

Most dermatologists advise to soak your brushes, once a week to prevent product buildup. 

Because these brushes are used on your face and the cleaner they are, the better your skin will be. 

On a personal level, I have tried washing them every weekend and the results are great. 

First, I soak them in soapy water for at least 60 minutes and then begin cleaning the bristles. 

According to makeup artists, using soapy water to clean makeup brushes regularly can extend the life of the bristles and make them softer for better product application. 

The brush hairs and beauty blenders are porous and they hold onto oils, debris and dirt. 

So, if you are going to continue using dirty brushes, your makeup base will be spotty and blending will also be difficult.

Clean makeup brushes

What should we use to clean our makeup brushes?

The best and most used method for cleaning your makeup tools requires water and either a gentle soap or a brush cleanser. 

If the bristles are made up of natural hair, regular soap may end up drying them.

There are dozens of cleansers available specifically for cleaning brushes, such as Harrods Makeup Cleaner Shampoo

If you prefer not to buy a makeup brush cleanser, you may use your favorite face wash to clean them.

What's the right way to clean makeup brushes?

A clean makeup brush and blender requires these simple steps :-

  1. Wet the bristles or soak the brushes and sponge in lukewarm water.
  2. Pour a drop of your cleanser/liquid soap into the palm of your clean hand or into the mug where brushes are soaked.
  3. Gently massage the bristles in your palm or after soaking, gently rub the brushes on a brush cleaning tool.
  4. Rinse the bristles thoroughly into running water.
  5. Squeeze out the excess water with a clean towel or spread them on a clean towel and let them dry.

Makeup Brush Cleaning Tool

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Although you can easily wash your makeup brushes and sponges by rubbing them on your palm but with a brush cleaning tool, it becomes quite easy to wash them thoroughly.

Currently, I am using Miniso Brush Cleaning Tool and all you need to do is swirl your brushes around it to loosen the makeup stuck to them after soaking them in soapy water for sometime.

It makes it very easy to thoroughly clean the brushes. 

There are a variety of makeup brush cleaning tools available which will make it easy for you to clean your brushes every weekend, just like you do your weekend skincare routine.

Although cleaning your brushes frequently can help extend their life. 

But there are signs which help you in determining that your brushes are no longer capable of doing their best job.

Just when the bristles start coming off or lose their shape, it’s the time to bid them adieu. 

So, how do you clean your makeup brushes and sponges?

Share them with us in the comments below, we would love to hear!

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