Every Makeup Lover Guide on How to Clean Makeup Brushes

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

So you know which brushes to use for contouring and which to for contouring. But when was the last time you washed your makeup brushes? Exactly! When you use your brushes, bits of makeup, oil, dirt, and even bacteria can get trapped in the bristles. Using more than one color without cleaning in-between? It’s time to spend a few minutes each week getting the gunk out!
Dirty bristles can not only lead to clogged pores and breakouts but also make it difficult to blend makeup, leaving you with an uneven, patchy application, while abrasive, dried-up makeup left on the bristles can cause scratching and skin irritation. Luckily, cleaning your makeup brushes is quick and easy. It’s time to brush up on the best ways to keep your bristles clean. Scroll down and find your favorite method on how to clean makeup brushes.

1. The Classic: Liquid Soap and Water

The most popular and easiest method on how to clean makeup brushes and Beauty Blenders. Just squeeze out any gentle antibacterial soap or baby shampoo and some makeup brushes that are ready to be cleaned. Just run your brushes under lukewarm water then dispense a small amount of baby shampoo or liquid soap into the palm of your hand. Swirl the brush bristles into the baby shampoo until it creates a rich lather. Get them air dry and you are done!

2. Brush Cleaning Mat or Glove

Sigma Beauty 2X Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove

Using the glove or mat to wash your makeup brushes will result in a faster, more effective deep clean. Designed to fit into the bottom of your sink for minimal-mess washing, this electric pink silicone pad is covered in different zones of nubs and ridges, each texture supposedly performing a different brush-purifying function.


3. Makeup-brush cleansing balms

Cleansing balm melts away makeup, so a solid brush cleanser breaks down everything and anything that latches onto a makeup brush. A solid cleanser is a light and very useful addition to your kit if you’re travelling, and the ‘swirl in pan and rinse’ cleansing method helps you to avoid scuffing up bristles or damaging the ferrule or handle due to overzealous washing.

4. Brush-cleaning machines

One of the more annoying parts of cleaning your makeup brushes is waiting for them to dry out afterwards. Brush cleaning machine sets out to fix that problem by making both the washing and drying steps of your brush cleaning routine super-speedy with a spin cycle. Specifically, it comes with a small motorized spinner (batteries included), eight different size silicone collars to stick your brush handles into, a connector to attach the spinner to the collars and a special bowl to keep all of that gyration contained.

Looking for a storge solution for your growing makeup brushes? For your growing makeup brushes, you can use two holders for your collection. Instead of storing your clean and dirty brushes together, separate them on your vanity so you can tell the difference between them. Plus, that way you’ll be able to avoid a mixed powder disaster. Feast your eyes on the prettiest brush holders that will surely be the star of your vanity. . Get it here!

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