The Right Way to Dry Makeup BrushesSeptember 10, 2021
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 Full Face Brush #5 and Conceal & Correct Brush #9), 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.
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.