How to clean makeup brushes to make them feel like new

How to clean makeup brushes to make them feel like new

We shampoo our hair, brush our faces, and wash our clothes diligently *side eyes that the laundry grows in,* but how often do we actually clean our makeup brushes? Did you know, the brushes and sponges that we dip, blend and swipe our faces in on a daily basis? If you can't remember the last time you cleaned your face well, it's probably (no, sure) time to shower with your makeup brush.

Makeup brushes hold on to product really well, but they also cling to dirt, oil, product buildup, and bacteria that, if not cleaned properly, can transfer back to your skin. This can cause all kinds of unpleasant problems like pimples, clogged pores, and skin irritation — not to mention that dirty makeup brushes just don't do their job well.

Have no idea how to clean makeup brushes? We do not judge. The good news is that it's really easy to make your own (and very satisfying, TBH). To help you out, we've created a simple guide to cleaning brushes with the help of makeup artists Brenna D and Berenz Castro. Trust us, your skin and makeup will thank you.

How to clean makeup brushes like a pro
Brenna D details the best brush cleaning method step-by-step below. But before you get started, it's important to know what your brushes are made of. "Natural hair brushes are best used with powder products, while synthetic brushes are best used with liquids and creams," she says. "Synthetic brushes can handle a wide range of cleaning agents as natural bristles, and similar ones, can become dry and bristly faster." the brush? Now let's clean up.

"First, separate your brushes for how you clean them, prepare your station with soap, have access to warm water, a clean towel, and a clean space to lay the brush to dry."
“Next, take the brush and wet the bristles with warm water. Avoid getting the ferrule wet, as it can loosen the glue holding the bristles in place.”
“Apply soap to the bristles and rotate the brush in a circular motion across the palm of your hand or brush mitt, adding water as needed. Use your fingers to get between the bristles of the brush, where dirt and oil can hide in the middle.”

“Rinse all the soap off the bristles. You may need to repeat, but try to use less soap the second or third time.”
"Squeeze the excess water from the brush with your hand or a towel and be careful not to pull the bristles while doing this."
"Finally, shape any brushes that may lose their shape during washing and lay them flat to air dry in a clean, warm location. For extra sterilization, wipe the ring and take in 70% alcohol." Another pro tip from Brenna D: "I place my brushes on a sterilized cooling rack for baking. For a faster drying time. I learned this tip from celebrity makeup artist Wendy Miyake."

More ways to clean your brushes
When it comes to anything good, we love to have options. Fortunately for you, you can clean your makeup brushes in a number of ways. When you don't have time to use a manual scrubbing brush, here are three foolproof ways to scrub blatantly.

1. Use a brush cleaning solution: "Choose a quick 'no water' solution," says Brenna D. I've been using CINEMA SECRETS quick drying brush cleaning solution for 12 years - it's my favorite. It can dry out natural hair brushes if used frequently, but it's great For synthetic brushes, cleaning between brushing periods, and quick sanitizing if you don't have the time or access to water." Castro adds, "Using a soap with moisturizing benefits will moisturize your bristles and give them a longer life overall." We love a hydrating solid soap like JAPONESQUE Coconut Brush Cleanser.

2. Use a dedicated brush cleaning tool: A deep cleaning glove like the SIGMA BEAUTY 2X Sigma Spa® Brush Cleaning Glove has two specially textured sides, one for face makeup brushes and one for eye makeup brushes, to completely remove all traces of residue and buildup.

3. Try a homemade cleaner: A homemade brush cleaner is a one-to-one mixture of dish soap and olive oil. Dish soap kills germs, while oil helps break down product buildup. When you're in trouble, says Brenna D, "Cleaning your brushes with a non-drying shampoo, baby shampoo, face wash, or gentle dish soap once a week is better than not cleaning them at all."

How often should makeup brushes be cleaned?
Brenna D says, "There are a few things to keep in mind, but the rule of thumb is once a week. If your skin is sensitive, pimple-prone, or uses heavy-weight, creamy products, consider scrubbing more often." Castro adds that if you're applying makeup on others, they should be washed thoroughly before and after. "As a professional, I work on different faces, so I clean my brushes every time I have a new client," Castro says. "I have about three to four sets of my all-time favorite brush with me."

Do you like makeup sponges? It requires more maintenance. "The BEAUTYBLENDER must be cleaned after each use," Castro says. "Wetness is the perfect breeding ground for the bacteria that cause pimples to spread. Try to wash it off as soon as you're done using it, and let it air dry for the next use." Tip: Check out this tutorial on how to clean a makeup sponge.

How to extend the life of makeup brushes
According to Brenna D, there are a few things you can do to help your makeup brushes and sponges last longer.

Separate the lights and dark colors: "I recommend assigning brushes to light products and dark products for easier cleaning and maintenance. Also, if you have certain brushes that you use and clean more frequently than others, buy a few. Keeping them in a rolling state can extend their life." .
Avoid heat and humidity: “Avoid keeping your mattress in a damp place (such as the bathroom) or in light of smell