How to Clean Makeup Brushes and Tools

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When it comes to makeup, hygiene is of the utmost importance. Not only should your makeup be fresh, the tools and brushes that you use to apply it should be cleaned on a routine basis to ensure maximum performance.

Powder puffs, foam eye-shadow applicators, and brushes all begin to collect makeup residue, oil, dirt, and bacteria that can cause pimples. By keeping them clean, you're much less likely to experience problems with blemishes.

How often you should give them a good cleaning depends on the frequency on which you use your brushes and the quality of your tools. Usually, two to three times per month is sufficient. Don't wait until you begin breaking-out to look for the culprit.

Easy Cleaning

Fancy solutions for cleansing are not necessary. You can use shampoo, dish soap, or facial soap.


  • 1) First, hold your brushes under warm, running water. Don't soak them or you risk losing bristles and loosening the glue that holds the tools together.

  • 2) Lather them up with soap of your choice and gently massage out makeup residue and dirt.

  • 3) Rinse thoroughly.

  • 4) Lay the tools flat and let them air-dry naturally, overnight if possible. If you wish, you can shape the brushes a bit to allow for easier drying and makeup application.

It's wise to invest in high-quality makeup tools and brushes. They'll last longer and be able to hold up to frequent cleanings. However, cheap brushes still work, they just won't last as long, nor will they give you the smoothest complexion. As with most products, you get what you pay for.