How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes

how to clean makeup brushes

I’ll be the first to admit: I do not do this nearly as often as I should for my personal brushes. However, when a patch of dermatitis popped up on my face this winter, I feel pretty certain that I can point to my brushes as the culprit. When you don’t wash your brushes enough, they can harbor bacteria…which can lead to breakouts or rashes!

makeup brush cleaning mat

It’s so easy to do, I’m sticking it on my calendar reminders to make sure I am keeping them clean!

Here’s the steps:

  1. Fill a couple of cups or jars half-full with warm water and a squeeze of cleaner. (I use this, but this is another great option!

  2. Put your brushes in the cup, brush fibers facing downward and submerged in the water.

  3. Swirl each brush and let soak for a couple of minutes.

cleaning brushes

4. Put your brush cleaning mat in the sink and run the warm water.

5. Take each brush individually and swirl on the mat. You will start to see product coming off onto the mat. Alternate swirling and rinsing in water until the water runs clear and there is no longer product coming off of your brushes.

clean makeup brushes
wash makeup brushes

6. Lay on a towel to dry. This can take up to 24 hours, depending on the size of the brush.

7. Repeat weekly.

dry your makeup brushes

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xoxo, Lauren