How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes, According to a Pro
Cleaning makeup brushes is like doing laundry—it’s one of those necessary big-girl tasks that you know you need to do, but never want to. And while your laundry machine is guilty of fading your favorite denim, cleaning your makeup brushes will actually make them last longer. That makes it totally worth it, especially if your contouring brush cost a small fortune (worth it!).
Below, makeup artistEmily Oliver shares her best tips for ensuring your brushes are squeaky clean.
Step 1. Plan It Out
Depending on the climate you live in, you’ll need to give your brushes a few days to dry out after washing them. According to Emily, if you live in a dry area, you’ll need to clean those brushes a day before you plan to use them. And in colder, damper climates, make that a day and a half.
Step 2.Lather Up
To cleanse, Emily suggests using a gentle brush wash and squirting it into the palm of your hand or small container. Then dip the brush into the container, swirl, and work the solution through the hairs. You can also use baby shampoo or even a gentle dish soap.
Step 3. Rinse Cycle
Next, run them under lukewarm water, which is all the more gentle on your brushes. Point your brush downward, so that you avoid wetting the area where the handle meets the brush fibers—otherwise, you risk loosening the glue that holds the bristles together. “Keep swirling until the water runs clean,” Emily explains. “If the water is still dirty, you may need to repeat step 2 and 3.”
Step 4. Drying Time
Emily suggests drying at a slight downward angle by propping a dry washcloth under the handle part of the brushes to allow water to come out of the brushes.” Remember that area we talked about keeping dry just one step ago? We’re still avoiding that here. Say hello to brush longevity!
Step 5. Spray Away
To avoid clogged pores and breakouts, she advises using a disinfectant spray between uses. It’s important to clean your brushes not only to make them last, but also to keep your skin clean and clear! And who wouldn’t want that?!
What do you use to clean your brushes? Spill your secrets below!