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15 Tips On How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

After weeks of dabs and strokes with your makeup brushes on your favorite palettes, it’s time for a wash-up! Definitely, keeping your babies sanitized and clean all the time is an essential task for every makeup junkie — though it’s not as glamorous as your brushes. With that being said, let me share some tips and tricks on how to wash your makeup brushes.

Do you notice yourself breaking out after applying your makeup and cannot determine why? It may be your makeup brushes. Makeup brush aftercare is essential in keeping a healthy complexion. Your brushes are an oil trap for old makeup which can cause unsightly breakouts. Washing your brushes and cleaning them with all natural makeup removers is imperative in maintaining healthy skin and can increase the shelf life of your brushes. If you notice the bristles are falling out in your brush – you may need to say goodbye to “old faithful.” It might be time to scoop up a new one if you don’t remember the last time you purchased new makeup brushes.

15 Tips On How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

There are actually a variety of brush cleaners available in the market today. Not to mention the viral tutorials and techniques on how to wash your makeup brushes that you can check for reference.  But whatever option you may end up with, your main goal here is to clean up those stiff and month-long used brushes and make it squeaky clean! After all, having quality brushes doesn’t end by just purchasing and using it. It also needs extra care to make it last longer, right?

Here are 15 tips to keep in mind that will keep your brushes spic and span. Check all of them out and try which tip would suit you well!


1. Makeup Brush Cleaning Soap

15 Tips On How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

If you’re into cream-based cosmetic products and you’re looking for a legit cleaning tool for your makeup brushes, this cleaning soap is what you need. Yup, it’s specially made for your makeup brushes, girl! I know that the struggle is real in swishing and washing your brushes but with this item, life doesn’t need to be so complicated.


2. All Natural Brush Cleaning with Lemon and Coconut Oil

15 Tips On How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

When you don’t want to spend on a makeup brush cleaner, here’s this quick and easy way of cleaning the makeup brushes perfected through time. The secret ingredients? All you need is some lemon and coconut oil from your kitchen. You can never go wrong with your household essentials, though. Find out how to use ’em up in this article!


3. Fast And Easy Makeup Brushes Cleaning

15 Tips On How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

This was actually the first cleaning technique that I’ve practiced for some time after getting my first set of makeup brushes. I learned to have more patience while doing this but after some bubble time, your brushes are good as new! (and smells like a baby too!)


4. DIY Natural Brush Cleaner – Baking Soda

The most versatile of all the household products – the baking soda! This can be an alternative to your baby shampoo cleaning hacks, beauties! Not only will your brushes be makeup-free but also bacteria-free! Who would not want that, anyway? Check how baking soda works for your brushes in this link!


5. Cinema Secrets Brush Cleaner

Another holy grail of makeup enthusiasts is this professional brush cleaner from Cinema Secrets. And one thing I love about this item is the vanilla scent that it leaves on your brushes after using it. But more than the scent, this is also quick-drying, it conditions thr bristles of your brushes (thus, extends your brushes’ life) and it’s non-carcinogenic. For more tips to maximize this wonder product, clink this link.


6. DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner Spray

15 Tips On How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

I admit that cleaning my brushes is not on the top of my list of chores on a free day but this DIY makeup brush cleaner spray makes my brushes fresh and clean quick and easy. This absolutely reminds me that cleaning my brushes is a must. LOL!


7. DIY Makeup Brush Cleaning Board

If you want your cleaning time to be a bit fun and easy with some creativity on the side, you can try adding a DIY Brush Cleaning Board to your tools. I actually love that ‘swirl and twirl moment’ of my brushes on the cleaning board. I don’t feel like cleaning at all. Watch this video from Makeup Tutorials and make one for your brushes too!


8. Makeup Brush Cleaning Tools

But if you don’t have time to create your DIY brush cleaning board,  you can still stay away from your brush dilemmas with a BrushEgg or a Brush Cleansing and Rinsing Pad. Fun never ends while cleaning!


9. Best & Easiest Homemade Makeup Brush Cleaner

If you want to make your makeup brushes like they’re still new try this promising all natural makeup brush cleaner solution that’s totally homemade. Perhaps, adding a cleaning time to your beauty routine wouldn’t harm you as much as a dirty brush could trigger breakouts, right?


10. Squeaky Clean Sponges

15 Tips On How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

And of course, don’t forget the sponges and beauty blenders! Some squishing and squeezing with your cleaning solution and it’s good as new!


11. Soften A Stiff Brush

15 Tips On How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

During the course of time, the makeup brushes became stiff with frequent washings. If your brushes are getting coarse or heavily soiled with layers of makeup products, you need some oil to loosen up and dislodge the powder or cream and make it easier for cleaning. Check out this procedure for your brushes.


12. Dry ’em up!

Like clothes, hair and nails, makeup brushes also need to be dried up before using them again. You can use brush trees or DIY racks to hang your brushes while drying them. Compared to just laying them flat on a towel, hanging ’em up makes your brushes dry faster and it also prevents the bristles from falling out.


13. Brush Pen Guards

This sheath mesh netting protector keeps your brushes/pens in perfect shape and clean. Personally, I use brush guards when my brushes are about 80% dried up just to keep its fluffiness and shape intact. Afterward, I store ’em up in my organizers.


14. Storing the Brushes

15 Tips On How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

After cleaning and drying comes storing your brushes properly. It depends on your preference on how you store your brushes. If you’re going to ask me, I group and store my brushes according to where I use it on my face and how often I use them. And usually, I use small vases, candle holders, and mini jars to hold my brushes. I just add some pebbles to keep them standing in place.


15. Makeup Brush Organizer

15 Tips On How To Wash Your Makeup Brushes

OC much?! Here’s a great DIY Makeup Brush Organizer for those that’s always on the move! For the full tutorial of this travel-friendly organizer, check this link.


Watch this video from Eimear McElheron for an in-depth tutorial on how to wash your brushes the easiest way:

Are you ready to do some action with your makeup brushes? Don’t say know ’cause you really have to! I’d love to know which tips are you going to do next or you’re already doing, ladies!  Leave your feedback in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to get back to you.


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