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Nov 21, 2017

I think it’s pretty common knowledge that makeup brushes should be cleaned regularly. Or at least I thought it was common knowledge, until I came across a poll about women’s brush cleaning habits! According to the 2015 poll sponsored by Anisa International, 22% of women who use makeup brushes admitted that they have never cleaned them! An additional 39% said that they clean their makeup brushes less than once a month.

Now I’m not claiming that I’m a paragon of makeup brush cleanliness, but I DO try to clean my brushes a couple of times a month. And over the years, I’ve picked up a few tips that make the process quick and easy! I thought I’d share a few of those tips with you today, so that we can all make an effort to improve our brush hygiene. (I’ll also be sharing a fun project for making a custom roll to store your makeup brushes in! You can find that near the bottom of today’s post.)

But first – let’s get back to brush cleaning. Keeping your makeup brushes clean is important! (These things are touching your face, after all!) If they aren’t cleaned regularly, dirty brushes can harbor bacteria, which can eventually cause breakouts and other skin conditions. So how often SHOULD we clean our brushes?

Well, that depends on who you are asking. But renowned makeup artist Bobbi Brown has this to say on the subject… “For concealer and foundation brushes, at least once a week to prevent a buildup of product. And because these brushes are used on your face, the cleaner, the better. Brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned at least twice a month, while all others can be washed once a month.”

That sounds rather reasonable, doesn’t it? And you can get the job done in minutes by following the method outlined below. It’s easy and effective!

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

You’ll need:

  • Dish soap (or baby shampoo)

  • Silicone trivet

  • Clean towel

  • Cup

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes


1. Run the bristles of your makeup brush under warm water. Make sure the bristles are saturated, but try to keep the rest of your brush dry. (If the part that holds the bristles in place gets wet, the bristles could start to loosen and fall out!)

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

2. Squirt a small amount of dish soap or baby shampoo onto your silicone trivet. I useDawn dish soap because it really helps cut through the oily gunk and makeup that gets caked into my brushes.

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

3. Push the wet bristles of your brush gently against the trivet, and start swirling it around. Just WATCH all the gunk that comes out! Just keep swirling your brush against the mat, adding a few more drops of soap if necessary. It will eventually come clean!

How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

4. When your brush is clean, give the bristles a thorough rinse. Squeeze any excess water out using your clean towel. Finally, reshape the brush head, and set it across the opening of a cup. (This allows air to circulate around the bristles so they can dry properly.)

So now that your makeup brushes are clean, you need a good place to store them right? I’ve got you covered there too. ;-) Check out how easy it is to turn a simple sushi mat into a makeup brush roll. Your brush roll will be custom fitted to your brushes, in whatever order you want!