Top 10 Tips to Clean Make-up Brushes

Are you breaking out and you don’t know why? Turning red after applying makeup for ‘sensitive skin’? Your makeup brushes may be the culprit!


  • Old Makeup
  • Dirt and Debris
  • Dead Skin Cells
  • Bacteria
  • Excess Oil

Read the tips on getting your makeup brushes clean before use


Make sure you use warm water to clean the brushes. Set aside all your dirty brushes, get a cleansing agent (a mild shampoo, liquid hand soap, or brush cleanser), and lay out a clean towel or paper towel on your counter.



For face brushes (e.g., large powder brushes, buffing brushes, bronzer brushes, blush brushes, and foundation brushes), wet the hair of the brush with warm water. Apply the cleansing agent, making sure to use your fingers to press the product through the hair of the brush. Add a little water while you work, so that the product foams, and be sure to keep the hairs of the brush pointing down



Rinse and repeat the process of wetting the hair of the brush and applying product until the water runs clear.



After the brushes are properly cleaned, pat them down on the towel and let them lie on their side. It is important to avoid placing the brushes upright to dry, as residual water can run down the handle and loosen the glue that is holding the brush and the handle together.

When the brushes are completely dry, fluff the bristles a bit. Your brushes are now ready to use.


Top 10 Tips to Clean Make-up BrushesFor eye brushes (e.g., a flat eyeliner brush, eye shadow brush, or smudge brush), repeat steps two to four but make sure to use less product and rinse the brush under the water for 20 seconds longer, as residual chemicals in eye brushes can irritate your eyee.

For cleaning a lash and brow groomer brush, which has a comb on one side and a brush on the other, use a paper towel with water and a drop of cleansing product to wipe out the comb side of the brush. Then repeat steps two to four for the brush side.


Rub some coconut oil or almond oil over the bristles, leave it on for about a minute. Then rinse off with cold water and gently dry the brush. 1/2 try with towel, 1/2 air dry.




To clean the handle of your brushes, pour rubbing alcohol onto a paper towel and rub over the handle of your brushes. This will not only clean but disinfect the handles as well.


Store them Properly.

Recommended Cleansing Frequency
While dermatologists recommend that you clean your brush at least monthly, most advise cleaning them on a weekly basis.


The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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