How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes: Our Top Tips & Tricks

The dos and don'ts.

Whether you have a handful of essential makeup brushes, or more than you can count, the key is keeping ’em clean. But when it comes to cleaning your makeup brushes, there are a few dos and don’ts that you should really follow. Even for the sake of keeping your brushes in good nick.

What Should I Use?

This can completely differ person to person. You can pick up a cleanser specifically for makeup brushes, or you can simply use a gentle shampoo or soap.

Some people also tend to use a brush egg. Which is basically a little cleaning tool that you slip on to your fingers and swirl the brush into. But, again, this differs and the palm of your hand can work just as well.

What Should I Do?

Okay, first things first, rinse your brushes in warm water. Then dip them in whichever cleanser or soap you’re using, you’ll only need a small bit. Then lather them up between your fingers, and swirl the brush around the palm of your hand. Rinse them again and if the water runs clear, you’re good to go. Just make sure you rinse all the soap out and give them a little dry. If there’s still makeup there when you rinse ’em, just do it again until they’re spick and span.

How Do I Dry Them?

One common mistake people tend to do when it comes to washing makeup brushes is leaving them on a radiator to dry. I get it, you want them to dry quickly. But this is a big no no. The bristles of your brush are held in place with glue, and the last thing you want is the heat off the radiator slowly melting the glue over time. If the glue melts and loosens up, the hairs are just going to fall out of your brush and you’ll basically be left with just the handle. What use is that? Leave your brushes to air dry, by placing them on the side of your desk or locker so the bristles themselves are slightly hanging off the edge. The air can then get around them properly and they’ll be dry by the time you’ll be using them the next morning.

Things To Remember

Now that you know the lowdown on how to actually wash your brushes, there’s still a few things to keep in mind.

Try to clean your brushes regularly. I know too well it can be a bit of a pain, but even if you try to do it weekly you’ll really see a difference. You could start to see a difference in your skin too. Plus, it’s so satisfying seeing all that foundation gunk running down the drain.

Never let your brushes dry upright. The water will only seep down into the glue and they’ll end up wrecked. Similar to the radiator sitch’.

Where you store your brushes is super important too. Keep them in a cool, dry place. Preferably in their own little bag or a brush holder. Don’t have them living in your bathroom, there’s a whole lot of nasty bacteria in there that you just don’t want on your brushes.