The Right Way to Dry Makeup Brushes

August 27, 2020
By: Tembe Denton-Hurst | by L'Oréal
The Right Way to Dry Your Makeup Brushes
Makeup brushes are key to taking any makeup look to the next level and can truly make or break your routine. The right ones will leave you fresh and flawless, while bad brushes make you work much harder than you should to achieve your desired makeup look. Even the best brushes need a little TLC, however, and need to be washed and maintained regularly to perform at their best. Follow our guide  to cleaning and drying your makeup brushes here.

How to Wash Your Makeup Brushes

Start by pouring your brush cleaner into a small lid or shallow jar. This will be where you swirl your brushes around in the soap. First, rinse your brush under water. Once completely wet, swish it around in your cleaner or soap. When it’s thoroughly foaming, put the brush tip back under water and swirl the makeup off into your hand. Keep rinsing until the bubbles are completely gone, and repeat! For a more in-depth look, check out our tutorial on washing makeup brushes here


How to Dry Your Makeup Brushes

If you happen to be among the few diligently washing their brushes every week and they’re still not bouncing back the way they should, it may have something to do with your drying method. Drying your brushes is just as important as washing — make sure you’re doing it properly by following these two key steps.

STEP 1: Start With a Clean Towel

Pick a flat surface with an edge (bathroom countertop, table, dresser, etc) and lay out a clean towel along the surface. After cleansing your brushes (our favorite includes the Lancôme Foundation Brush #2 and Highlighting Brush #3), fold over the towel so it surrounds the brush. Next, gently press on it to sop up the excess water and give an extra squeeze to make sure they’re not soaking wet.

STEP 2: Let Brushes Air Dry


Lay brushes flat on the towel so that the bristles are hanging over the edge. You want the air to be able to circulate around the brushes so they can dry evenly and thoroughly. Allow a few hours for the brushes to dry completely before you use them. We recommend washing them before bed and letting them dry overnight.

Many people dry their brushes in a cup, and while that seems easy, we caution against it. This causes the water to trickle down into the ferrule, which contains the glue that holds the bristles and handle together. The water loosens and ruins the glue, which in turn leads to excessive bristle shedding and shortens the lifespan of your brush.

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

Read more