Cleaning of makeup brushes

Make-up brushes need to be cleaned regularly. After all, it ‘s a real breeding ground for bacteria. If you use dirty brushes for makeup, your skin will start to irritate and sprinkle. That ‘s why it ‘s so important to keep the brushes clean.

How often should you clean your makeup brushes? Brushes for creamy products should be cleaned more often because creamy products are a favorable environment for the reproduction of bacteria. Brushes for powdery products can be cleaned once a week, brushes for creamy products – once every three days.

Of course, if you ‘re a make-up artist, you need to brush the brushes after each client.

We will tell you about the best way to clean your makeup brushes. In general, it can be said that there are two ways to clean brushes: using water, and without. The first one certainly takes longer, because before using brushes it is necessary to give time to dry.

For cleaning brushes with water you can use as professional, specially designed for these purpose products: soap, foam, and shampoo for brushes. As well as, any other foaming products. For example, usual hand soap or dishwasher detergent, hair shampoo.  Particularly, the Korean dishwasher detergents are very good.

You may also use special cleaning wipes or sprays. You don’t have to wet the brushes with water for that.

Now we will describe in more detail washing the brushes in the first way, with the water. To do this, take a brush in your hand so that the bristles were downstairs and wet the brush with water. But be careful, so that the water did not get into the joint between the handle and the iron base of the brush. If water gets there, it can dissolve the glue that connects the handle and the steal.

Then apply some detergent to the other hand, or a special stand for washing brushes and wash the bristles with smooth or circular movements. Don ‘t make too strong movements.

Wash the detergent off completely with water. Further to better clean the brushes from the bacteria, soak the pile with a small amount of chlorhexidine or miramistine They can be found in any drugstore. These are good antibacterial disinfectants, without alcohol in the composition. You probably have heard about cleaning makeup brushes with alcohol. It is better not to use alcohol because it will dry the pile too much and ruin it.

Put the impregnated brushes on the horizontal surface and leave in such a state for a few minutes that the solution works. After a few minutes wash the solution with water and remove the pile from the excess of water. Put the brushes to dry on the horizontal surface so that the pile was a little bit lower than the handle. For example, you can take a small towel and from one edge fold it in several balls, or put a small stand so that one edge rises behind the other by 1-2 cm. And put a handle of the brush on the rise.

You don’t have to dry the brushes with a hairdryer or on a battery. It’ll fluff the brush and ruin it, you won’t be able to use it anymore. The pile must dry out naturally. It usually takes a few hours. For example, you can wash the brushes before sleep and in the morning they will be dry.

If you want to clean the brushes in a second way, that is, without using water, then take cleaning wipes, or brush cleaning spray. The wipes have already been impregnated with a cleaning solution. You can also make such wipes yourself. Take a regular paper napkin, better that it was with a bit of a ribbed surface. Spray a brush spray on it and clean the brushes with it. Such a method is very fast because it is not necessary to wet brushes with water. But it should be known that such a cleaning method does not as effectively clean the brushes from bacteria as cleaning using water. After all, it is difficult to clean the brush inside the pile with a napkin, at the base where the products are clogged. This way is good when you need to clean your brushes quickly. After cleaning with a napkin, they dry in half an hour.

If you use brushes to apply water-resistant products, you can’t clean brush perfectly with only water or wipes. The detergent will not dissolve the water-resistant product. You can try cleaning makeup brushes with coconut oil . The oil will be able to dissolve the water-resistant product. As well, you can try cleaning make up brushes with baby oil.

Take a small amount of coconut oil or baby oil into your hands, heat it a little in your hand, and treat the pile with oil. Wipe the brush with a dry napkin. After that, the brush will be oily and it will be necessary to wash it with a detergent or cleaning wipes. As well you can use this instruction for cleaning makeup brushes with olive oil.

You have probably have heard about cleaning makeup brushes with vinegar or baking soda etc. There are many recipes of diy cleaning makeup brushes. But, you have to know

You should know that these recipes do not provide good cleaning of brushes. Surfactants, which are foaming agents, are responsible for cleaning. Do not fear them as part of the means of cleansing. They won ‘t affect your skin negatively. They are in soap, shampoo, dishwasher, foams, and face cleaning gels. So vinegar, soda, and other natural products cannot cope with the complete cleaning of the brushes.

Anyway, it is up to you. Tell us what your favorite cleaning products are, and how often do you make a “brush bath day”?)


  1. Sara says:

    I have never heard about tip with chlorhexidine and miramistine . It’s very interesting. I will definitely try it. Thank you!

    1. admin says:

      Thank for your feedback. We are glad that this article was useful to you)

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