Crash Course In Cleaning Makeup Brushes

Whether you’re a makeup guru or a beauty amateur, the cleanliness of your makeup brushes should never be sacrificed.

Your makeup brushes, especially those used for cream or liquid products are the ideal environment for bacteria to flourish (gross, right?). We know, cleaning your brushes sounds time consuming and just plain boring,but trust us, this is super important for your skin, and for the quality of your makeup.

By continually using dirty brushes, you are smothering your face with old makeup, oils, sebum and other nasty impurities that will cause you to breakout, not to mention the fact that you’re destroying your brushes!

That’s why we’ve create a crash-course for brush cleaning for even the most amateur of makeup lovers to follow. This step-by-step guide is so simple that you’ll have no excuses for dirty brushes.

Step 1: Rinse your brushes under warm water, ensuring the bristles are pointing downwards to prevent water getting in the handle and loosening the glue.

Step 2: Swirl the bristles in a small amount of baby shampoo (regular shampoo works too, but isn’t as gentle) until it forms a lather. Using a specialty cleaning glove, or a dishwashing glove works well for this.

Step 3: Rinse your brush under lukewarm water, making sure you don’t get water in the handle.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 to ensure all makeup residue and oils are removed. Water will run clear when the brush is completely clean.

Step 5: Dip the bristles of your brush in white vinegar (ensuring not to soak the handle). This will act as an anti-bacterial agent.

Step 6: Squeeze the excess water out of your brushes using a cloth or hand towel and reshape bristles.

CLIQUE’s Picks: Brush Cleaning Products

Sigma Beauty – 2X Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove – $63, Sephora Australia

e.l.f – Brush Shampoo – $8, Kmart or online 

Napoleon Perdis  – Brush Cleaner Unlimited – $40, Myer instore or online

The Brush Guard – Variety Pack – $12.95, thebrushguard.com

Now that you’ve got clean brushes, you can apply your makeup without fear of bacteria (or bad makeup). Share your brush-cleaning snaps with us on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #jointheclique.

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