How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

MAC Brush Cleanser // Sigma Brush Cleaning Glove

I hate to break it to you, but your makeup struggles might have nothing to do with the makeup itself.

The problem might actually lie inside the brushes you are using…..WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU WASHED THEM?! Did you know you should be washing your makeup brushes 1-2 times a month?! Not only does it help your makeup apply better, but it also cleans out built up product that could be harboring bacteria….and the last thing I want on my clean skin is BACTERIA, right?!?!!

So technically, I could get up on a high horse right now and act like I am the “ambassador of brush cleanliness,” but that would be a complete lie & could not be further from the truth! So, in all honesty…..HOW OFTEN DO I WASH MY BRUSHES? Well, when I notice they are looking gross & my makeup isn’t blending as well. (Shame on me…I know better!)

Here are the steps I take to clean my brushes….because THEY ARE DIRTY, DIRTY, DIRTY.

Start with 3 glasses and fill one with brush cleaner, then the other 2 with water. FULL DISCLOSURE: There are a lot of opinions about what you can actually use to clean your brushes with. Some people use a bar of soap. Some people use the same shampoo they use to clean their hair. Others use Dial dish soap. I have used all of those options and they all work EXACTLY THE SAME because, at the end of the day, they all clean all the makeup out of your brushes. On this particular day, I used actual “makeup brush cleanser” because had been given to me and I wanted to use it up!

Dip your brush into the brush cleaner and then swipe it back and forth across the cleansing glove. (You could also use a good, old fashioned kitchen sponge, too!) Wipe back and forth, and repeat this step while intermittently dipping the brush into one of the glasses of water to continue to keep the brush wait. Repeat until the brush water runs clear!

Once you have cleaned all your brushes, lay them out flat on a paper towel and let them air dry overnight!

Now just wait and see how much better your makeup applies tomorrow! What are your best practices when it comes to cleaning your makeup brushes? Let me know in the comments below!

Photos by Danielle Sabol