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Cleaning Makeup Brushes

Aug 01, 2016 01:02PM ● By Press Release

Cleaning Makeup Brushes

Let's be honest. Most of us probably say we clean our makeup brushes more than we actually do. Some of us may not even clean our makeup brushes at all! However, cleaning your makeup brushes regularly is an essential thing to do for you makeup lovers who wear makeup daily and especially those with acne prone skin. I recommend weekly washing.

3 Reasons To Do It

Old Makeup

Each day, you add more product to those brushes. All of that old makeup builds up day after day and then you continue to rub those brushes onto your face, which is a huge no-no.

Dead Skin Cells

As gross as it sounds, dead skin cells fall off your face each time you rub a brush onto your face. It is important to rid those skin cells off your brushes.

Bacteria and Oil

Bacteria and Oil are huge factors in acne. Bacteria and oil can clog your pores causing you to get unwanted breakouts. Leaving your brushes sitting can cause bacteria to build up—oil is caused by constantly rubbing it on your face.

How to Do It

You Will Need


Dish Soap   Olive Oil (optional)

Cleaning Process

Fill a bowl with room temperature water. Add a few drops of dish soap to the water. You can also add Olive Oil into the solution to condition your brushes, as some believe the soap dries out the bristles, but that is completely optional.

Mix the solution until soap has spread completely. Dip your makeup brush into the bowl and gently rub the bristles onto the palm of your hand. You’ll see the product that was on your brush easily rubs off onto your hand!

Gently rinse the brush with clean water. Repeat the process until you feel your brush is as clean as you can get it. To dry, lay out a washcloth and let your brushes on it completely. It is important not to rub your brushes on the wash cloth, as that can ruin the bristles.

***Baby Soap Alternative

I prefer to use dish soap because it disinfects brushes better than baby soap, but baby soap is a great alternative for cleaning your makeup brushes. It’s very gentle and won't ruin your brushes. However, I get acne if I leave makeup on for a while or if my face becomes really oily — so I use dish soap to protect myself from unwanted acne — but if you need a gentler cleanser, baby soap does get the job done.


About the author: Madelyn Meaux lives in Lafayette and has a passion for makeup. This is an edited excerpt from her beauty blog, which can be found at