How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Posted by on Mar 3, 2014


We all know quality makeup brushes aren’t cheap so why wouldn’t you want to keep them in prime condition? Washing your makeup brushes should be a regular part of your beauty routine. They are magnets for dirt, oil and bacteria, and when we go without cleaning them, this build-up can lead to clogged pores and breakouts (not to mention, you’ll have to buy new brushes). Luckily, cleaning your brushes can be easy if done properly and regularly. Follow these simple steps every 1 to 2 weeks to keep your makeup brushes clean and your skin healthy:


1. Run your brushes under warm water to rinse out all of the excess makeup.
2. Fill your sink or a large bowl with warm water, and add a squirt of gentle sulfate-free baby shampoo or a sulfate-free gel cleanser like G.M. Collin’s mild cleansing gel.  We recommend sulfate-free products because they won’t dry out your bristles.
3. Gently swirl your brushes in the water for 60 seconds. If you need to, you can swirl them in the palm of your hand. The water will begin to turn the color of your makeup.
4. Drain the dirty water then rinse your brushes under warm water again. Fill your sink back up with warm water only, and swirl the brushes for another 30 seconds. Repeat steps two and three until the water is clean.
5. Squeeze out excess water from your brushes. Wipe your brushes back and forth on a clean towel then lay them flat or hang them bristle-side down to dry. This will take a few hours so I recommend waiting until after you’ve applied your makeup. If you’re in a rush, let them dry out in the sun. (This will also help to kill bacteria!). If you lose a lot of bristles in this process, you may want to consider investing in higher quality brushes like our client-favorites from Glo Minerals.


We all know that quality makeup brushes aren’t cheap. Start protecting your investment and your skin by cleaning them on a weekly basis! To stay up-to-date with our skin tips, subscribe to our blog on the right hand column of this page.


Mindy Black

Mindy Black is a licensed esthetician and owner of her results-driven skin care clinic, Inner Beauty Skin Care Inc., located in Lake Mary, Florida. Mindy provides weekly beauty expertise on Orlando's FOX 35 Good Day morning show and has been quoted in Success magazine, the Moms Magazine, Orlando Mom’s Blog, Spark & Hustle, and is an eHow contributor. Mindy's accolades include: Vice Chair Woman of the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lake Mary Rotary, Royal Court of Krewe 2012-2013, recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year award, and nominee of Orlando Business Journal’s “Women to Watch.”