Makeup Brush Maintenance 101

When it comes to taking care of your skin, your mind probably travels to a handful of obvious factors such as nutrition, sleeping habits, hydration, and stress to name a few. We don’t always think about the physical contact we make with our faces on a regular basis. Anything that touches your skin should be washed often, otherwise you might as well snatch up a doormat that sees a lot of foot traffic and rub it all over your face. I’m talking about your hands, your pillowcases, and you guessed it, your makeup brushes.

We all know that we should be cleaning our makeup brushes regularly, but it’s often a beauty practice that gets put on the backburner, left on hold, and eventually forgotten. It’s a little bit like flossing your teeth every single day or diligently sorting through your recycling. You try your best, but every now and then it simply, well, doesn’t happen.

According to most dermatologists, makeup brushes should be cleaned once a week, especially when used around the eyes. Over time, makeup accumulates in the bristles along with unwanted bacteria, which can lead to clogged pores and less than flattering breakouts. Basically brushes will end up making you look less beautiful instead of vice versa. By setting aside a few minutes every week to deep clean your beauty tools, your skin will be less subject to bacteria build-up. Plus, your brushes will last longer and work better. This is a must since a good makeup brush can be a bit of an investment.

Luckily, you only need five minutes and two ingredients to combat your makeup brush bacteria and time issue in one fell swoop. Taking better care of your skin, nixing germs, and squeezing in all of those trivial-sounding “shoulds” just got a little bit easier.


Lukewarm water + Makeup brush cleaner


Lukewarm water + Gentle soap formula (regular will dry out bristles)

Run your brushes under lukewarm water, spreading out the bristles, and rinsing out preliminary buildup. Put a dollop of cleaner (you can use a brush cleaner, gentle soap or even baby shampoo) in the palm of your hand. Gently massage the soap or cleanser through the bristles until all excess makeup is removed or for about 3-5 minutes. Be careful while washing near the base of the brush as too much water pressure can weaken the bond between the brush and the bristles! Rinse the bristles and use a towel to squeeze out leftover moisture. Reshape the brush head if needed. While drying, it’s best to let the head of the brush hang off the edge of the counter so that it reforms to a natural state. Do not leave brushes on a towel to dry because the bristles can accumulate mildew!

There you have it. Once a week. Two ingredients. Five minutes. Maybe we do have time to do just a little better with the “shoulds” of life after all.



No more excuses. The brush bacteria and breakouts end here.

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