How to Clean Makeup Brushes Properly

A lot of people don't clean their makeup brushes for weeks, sometimes months on end. If you're one of those people, you should know that is pretty gross. Used makeup brushes accumulate grime, oil and bacteria from your face, and the longer you fail to wash them, the longer time bacteria has to fester and breed more germs. During this time, if you're continually using your brushes, you're just sweeping all that bacteria and oil back onto your face, which is not only disgusting, but can cause breakouts of unwanted acne.

This is why everyone should clean their makeup brushes frequently and properly. Ideally, you should clean your brushes after every use, but it's understandable that most people don't have that kind of time. I personally try to never go more than a week and a half without cleaning my brushes, and I wash them more frequently during times when they're getting a lot of use.


You'll Need:

- soap
- virgin coconut oil (or other oil of your choice, hair conditioner works too)
- warm water


Makeup brushes1. Put aside a plate or small bowl filled with a ratio of four parts liquid soap and one part coconut oil. In the picture to the left, I'm using dish washing detergent because it's gentle and works well to remove oils from makeup brushes. The oil is to help condition the brushes a little since I've found that only using soap tends to dry out the bristles and cause them to feel brittle and inflexible. I generally use virgin coconut oil for its antibacterial properties, but substituted it for olive oil in the photo for readers to see it better.

2. Wet your makeup brush with a little warm water, and dip it into the mixture, making sure to get mostly soap and a little oil.
Soapy makeup brush

3. Gently lather the soap into the bristles to clean it, periodically rinsing it and soaping it up again to make sure you get all the grime out. Make sure to keep the brush angled downwards when you're rising to avoid soaking the inside of the ferrule with water (that's the metal band that binds the bristles to the handle), this will help prevent the bristles from loosening and falling out. Lather, rinse and repeat until you're satisfied the brush is clean.
Makeup brushes
4. After you're done cleaning all your brushes, point the brush downwards and squeeze out the excess water, then lay them out under the sun to dry. Laying them out on a table and keeping a fan on and directed at the brushes also helps them dry faster.


Hope this was helpful. Remember to wash your makeup brushes frequently to keep your skin healthy and acne-free!

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