How to clean your makeup brushes and the importance

When was the last time you cleaned out your makeup brushes? If you hesitated to answer this question because you did not remember or answered a month or so, then it’s time to stop what you’re doing, find your brushes and clean them ASAP!

To be honest, as I write this post I feel so GUILTY to have had my brushes unwashed for like a month until today 😦 For that reason, I want to talk about the importance of cleaning your brushes and a step by step on how to clean them so you don’t end up making the same mistake as me.

Why is it important to clean your brushes?

According to dermatologists and makeup artists, cleaning your makeup brushes is very important and should be a weekly routine. When you use your brushes, the makeup gets accumulated in these and over time and use also accumulate oils, dirt, and bacteria.

Cleaning your brushes has its benefits, some more important than others:

  • Prevents clogging of unwanted pores and breakouts (acne) on your face
  • Prevents the mix of eyeshadow colors when applied
  • The bristles of the brushes will not be ruined and these will last you longer
  • The application of makeup will be easy, they will leave your skin more radiant and the final results will be the best.

How often should you clean your brushes?

Reading an article by Elle Magazine, makeup artist  Ashleigh Ciucci, mentions that if you use makeup frequently, you should do the following: wash your brushes with shampoo monthly and wash your brushes with brush cleanser weekly.

If you use makeup every day like me and want to take more care of your face and brushes, you can wash your brushes daily with the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner.


Step by Step: Routine to wash your brushes

Washing your brushes can be a bit tedious, something like when you have to clean your room, but luckily this routine is easier and short. There are different ways and tools to wash them, some more extensive than others.

Here I share my routine and tools to clean my makeup brushes 🙂

What do you need?


  1. In a small container, mix a tablespoon of shampoo or dish soap, a spoonful of vinegar and olive oil.
  2. Lightly dip the bristles of the brushes in the mixture and wet it a little with hot water.
  3. Place the brush cleaning mat in the sink below where the hot water will fall. Open the water drain and begin to lightly massage the tips of the bristles with the mixture in a circular way on the cleaning mat.
  4. If you see that the bristles have no mixture and you see no cleaning results, dip the brush into the mixture and go to step # 4 again until you see the bristles completely clean. When the bristles are completely clean, rinse the brush with the hot water for the last time.
  5. Place the brushes flat to dry them. Placing the brushes this way will make the water does not go down to the handle of the brush and loosen it.

Easy as 1,2,3! And your brushes are completely CLEAN and READY to use!

Featured image: Photo by from Pexels



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