Beauty 101: How to clean your makeup brushes.

Washing makeup brushes is one job evey makeup artist, beauty guru and makeup fan hate doing. It’s time consuming, monotomous and frankly something we’d rather not do.

Why is washing your brushes important?

Makeup brushes are constantly touching your face, so the amount of bacteria captured on brushes is crazy. Unclean brushes can cause break outs. Your brushes wont perform as well if they are clogged up with product residue, and can also get miss shapen over time. Brush sets can be expensive, so looking after them correctly can really help them last longer.

What to use to wash your brushes.

There are alot of makeup brush cleansers on the market both in liquid soap form to solid block form. It is entirely your choice as to which brand or type you buy. However a mild baby shampoo is also extremly effective as like the brush cleaners baby shampoo; kills bacteria, guts through oil based makeup products cleansing it perfectly, conditions the bristles and leaves a lovely smell. We also reccomend using a brush cleaning pad. We use the Real Techniques mitt.


  1. Wet your makeup brush under warm running water.
  2. Add a pea sized amount of brush cleanser to the cleaning pad. (Adapt amount accordinly to brush size/ density)
  3. Swirl brush into the soap clenser, and then swirl brush in circular motions along the bumps on the brush pad, do this for between 20 to 40 seconds.
  4. Rinse under running water until water is clear, squeeze the bristles and pull upwards to check theres no foam (If there is just rinse again)
  5. Tap the excess water out by lightly banging your brush on the side of your basin
  6. Repeat these steps for all your brushes until they are all sparkly and clean.
  7. Store them upside down in a cool and dry place, prefferably with a nice air flow to dry. If this is not possible, towel dry the bristles and then store them in a cup or pot standing upright until dry.
  8. Enjoy using your clean brushes. They’ll feel as good as new.

It’s reccomended that makeup brushes get a good clean every 2-4 weeks to prevent bacteria build up.

Let us know if this guide has helped you up your brush cleansing game by tweeting us @fuzzable. We’d love to hear from you.

Written by Niki

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