How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

how I clean my makeup brushes

First, I discussed my must-have makeup brushes, now I’m going to share with you how I take care of them. After a few weeks of using your makeup brushes, your face’s natural oil, the makeup, and other dust and debris will start to build up. Cleaning the brushes from time to times keeps all that grime from getting transferred to your face, and it also makes the brush bristles softer and more effective. Read on for a simple method how I clean my makeup brushes.

Run The Bristles OF The Brushes Under Lukewarm Water
Avoid getting water underneath the metal clasp of the handle as this will ruin the glue that holds the bristles together. Keep running the water through the brushes until you’ve rinsed away most of the old makeup.
Make sure the brushes are angled downward into the stream of water. If water gets under the metal clasp of the handle, it may damage the brushes.
Don’t use hot water, as the heat may damage the bristles.
Make A Clarifying Shampoo And Water Mixture
Place a teaspoon of shampoo in a cup with 1/4 cup of warm water. Quickly stir the mixture with a spoon to work up some bubbles.

Swirl The Bristles In The Mixture Swirl The Bristles In The Mixture
Only the bottom half of your brushes’ bristles should be swirled in the mixture to avoid having water travel up the handle.

Remove The Brushes From The Mixture 
Gently massage in the excess mixture left on the bristles with your fingers to loosen up the makeup and dirt.

Rinse The Bristles Under Lukewarm Water
Continue to massage the bristles while running them under the water until it runs completely clear. Avoid getting the handle wet.
Pat The Bristles 
Use a clean dish towel or face towel to gently remove some of the moisture.

Reshape The Bristles
Spread the bristles apart with your fingers to help get them back in shape.

Lay The Brushes On A Dry Towel
Make sure the bristles aren’t bent underneath.

Fluff The Bristles
When the brushes are completely dry, fluff the bristles a bit. Your brushes are now ready to use.

Bonus Tip: How often you should clean your brushes? I typically clean mine once a month, some like foundation and powder brushes more often. By doing that it helps to maintain my brushes lifespan. Washing my brushes at night allows them to dry so they will be ready for the next day. I just want to make sure that I allow enough time for them to dry thoroughly before using.

Bonus Tip: For brushes that are extra cake-y, use a dab of almond or olive oil to break down the residue before you wash.

And there you have it ladies, easy ways to make sure your makeup brushes are clean.

How often do you clean your brushes and what method do you use? Share in the comments section below!


  1. January 19, 2015 / 4:57 am

    Or use a brush cleanner. Work faster and not damage the brush.

  2. January 20, 2015 / 12:42 am

    I haven't tried using cleaner, but definatelly would like to try it in the future ❤

  3. January 21, 2015 / 1:02 am

    I like Dr. Bronners soap.

  4. January 23, 2015 / 3:28 am

    I've always used a mild soap like baby shampoo and mixed it with water and use the same steps you have from step 6 to reshape and dry them. I never thought to use regular shampoo! That's awesome since I no longer need to buy baby shampoo for my daughter. I usually clean them once a month. I haven't used them in a while since they need a good cleaning and I haven't had the time. I might use this! Great post!

  5. January 23, 2015 / 3:46 am

    I'll try to look for it! Never heard of it, but willing to try ❤

  6. January 26, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    I have used baby shampoo before too and it works great! But, since my kids are older now, I've stopped buying it, just like you. So, I switched to regular shampoo ♡

  7. March 21, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    Great Advice! I struggle keeping my brushes Perfect. Thank you!

  8. March 31, 2015 / 11:57 pm

    Thank you Tara! I'm glad this post was helpful.

    • February 19, 2016 / 1:33 am

      Thank you Danielle! I’m so happy these tips were helpful.

    • March 7, 2016 / 12:47 am

      Thank you Emily! I’m so glad these tips were helpful. Now, go ahead and give those makeup brushes a good cleaning. They’ll thank you for it ♡