Are You Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes?

Do you clean your make up brushes?  I have to be honest and say that until about 6 months ago I didn’t clean mine as often as I should have.  Considering how much bacteria and other germs could have been growing on them and then being transferred to my skin and my makeup products, this was not a good thing.  Anyway, I am now cleaning my brushes every week.  I decided that a Sunday morning is a good time for me and now it is a habit.

How should you clean your brushes?

There is a lot of information out there and I have tried to stick to gathering information from sources which, I hope, have at least some credability like Good Housekeeping, Superdrug, Cosmopolitan and Glamour.

Some sources say that you should use a specific make up brush cleaner whilst others say that a mild soap or shampoo, like baby shampoo, is fine. Personally, at the moment I am using an Avon kids shampoo. If it is mild enough for children’s hair then it is mild enough for my makeup brushes. For brushes which are used for liquid or cream makeup, like foundation or concealer, you could consider using a dish washing soap.

Clean your brushes in 5 easy steps

  1. Wet the brush
  2. Put a small amount of soap in your hand and clean the brush against your palm
  3. Rinse the brush under a running tap until the water runs clear
  4. Squeeze the water out gently
  5. Lie flat for drying, then store upright in a cup or jar

As an alternative, you can put the shampoo/soap in a cup/bowl of water as shown in this video from the American Academy of Dermatology

Cleaning your brushes is so simple and shouldn’t take a lot of time once you establish a routine

So, what are you waiting for? Make a date to clean your makeup brushes regularly and they should last you for years. Of course, if they start shedding then you will need to replace them.

Further Reading

A short article written by a makeup artist/tutor for the Guardian confirming that once a week is fine for cleaning brushes with either shampoo or a good quality dish soap.

In addition to cleaning your brushes, they need to be stored correctly too. This article from Bustle shares some information about brush storage as well as when you should, maybe, replace your brushes.

This article from CNN is a recent one, it has been written and published since the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown started. It is very heavy on the “sales” and I’m not sure you really need specialist products to clean your brushes and makeup but there are some good tips too.