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A How-To-Guide On Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes!

By Ryan Harvey


A How-To-Guide On Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes!

Sometimes, life gets very busy and little tasks can slip through the cracks, including things like cleaning makeup brushes (we’re all a little guilty of doing this!). Dirty makeup brushes can cause havoc on the skin. In addition to collecting residue, dirt, and oil, makeup brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria!
To protect your skin from any bacteria that lingers in your brushes, it’s a good idea to wash your brushes every seven to ten days. We’ve created this easy How-To-Guide on cleaning your makeup brushes for you!



Rinse the tips of your brushes by running them under lukewarm water to remove any excess makeup.
TIP! Be sure to only rinse the tip! If the whole brush is submerged, eventually the glue holding the brush to the handle can get damaged.


Lay your wet brushes out on a clean, dry, paper towel and fill a bowl up with more lukewarm water and a tablespoon of gentle shampoo or clarifying shampoo! Using plain soap and water can dry out the brush bristles.


Dip each brush head into the water before removing it and massaging the tip in the palm of your hand, this makes sure the shampoo gets in between the bristles and works it’s magic!
Rinse each brush tip under fresh water after massaging until the water runs clear from the brush before placing them back down on a paper towel and repeat for each brush you’re cleaning! (This is the most time-consuming part!).


Afterwards, squeeze out excess moisture with a fresh paper towel.


Lastly, lay your brushes flat to dry on a soft towel. Make sure the tips are hanging over the edge of a counter.
TIP! Do not leave your brushes to dry upright as this will cause water to run down the brushes which could loosen the glue (as mentioned before😉)!

Clean BrushesImage Source: Good Housekeeping

With this quick guide, cleaning your brushes won’t take as long as we often think it will. It will also protect your skin in the long run!
As we said, try and wash your brushes once every seven to ten days!
We hope you enjoyed this quick guide! Click here to check out our other blog posts.

Words by Cameron Macleod for Kady Valente

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