How to Clean Makeup Brushes


How to Clean Makeup Brushes

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Michela Marra | Wednesday May 3rd 2017

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Cleaning makeup brushes at least once a week is essential for both the longevity of your brushes as well as for avoiding an accumulation of bacteria on their bristles. Most brushes don’t require any specific treatment or product (brush cleanser), so you can even clean your makeup brushes at home using some soap – shampoo is even better – and some warm water. Here are the steps to follow for cleaning your makeup brushes yourself.

Step one: First of all, decide whether it should be a deep cleaning or something quick: the latter is ideal for brushes with short bristles like the ones we use on our eyes, for instance. A deep cleaning is best for cleaning brushes that have been used to apply cream products. Just use a drop of shampoo after having wet the brush and move the bristles in a circular motion on the palm of your hand, then rinse. For a faster cleaning, on the other hand, all you need to do is pour a few drops of rubbing alcohol onto a clean cloth and gently go over the bristles of your brushes with it until no traces of color or makeup are left on the cloth, then let dry for a few minutes. (Credit ph: ildiavolodelfocolare)

Step two: if you choose a deep cleaning, run warm water over the bristles avoiding the metal ferrule as water will damage the glue that holds them together. The bristles of the brush should be pointing downwards. Be careful! Don’t use hot water because it will damage the bristles. (Credit ph: MissStrawberryFields)

Step three: pour some water into a small bowl; all you need are a few spoonfuls even if it has often been suggested to add more. Our experience, however, tells us not to exaggerate because it could then be difficult to eliminate the dirt. (Credit ph: Pinterest)

Step four: pour a few drops of gentle shampoo into the water. You can also use liquid soap. Our suggestion is to use Marseille soap which is highly suitable even for the most delicate materials. (Credit ph: Elena Tee)

Step five: after having removed all makeup residue from the bristles, re-rinse under warm water and continue to massage delicately. To make sure the brush is clean, all you have to do is perform a water test: when the water becomes clear it means there is no longer residue on the bristles. Always make sure you don’t immerse the entire brush under running water.  (Credit ph:

Step six: pat the bristles to dry them. We always use a towel to eliminate – always very delicately – any excess water from the bristles. At this point, it might be useful to reshape the bristles. Generally, synthetic bristles hardly ever lose their shape, but if the brush has been in a position that keeps the bristles separated for a very long time, it will be hard to restore their original shape. The only thing to do is to wet them, drain any excess water and then use them to brush a dry bar of soap. Only when the bristles are covered in soap will you proceed to reshape them with your fingers. Let them dry for a few days – vertically is best – then rinse with warm water and dry as usual. Generally, it is sufficient to wait one for them to dry completely and ready for use again. (Credit ph: Wikiohow)

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