how to clean makeup brushes

Dirty Makeup Brushes? Here’s How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes Easily

Categories : Makeup

When is the last time that you clean your makeup brush? Well, don’t feel guilty. We all get excited about getting our hands on the latest cute designs of makeup brushes. But when it comes to cleaning the makeup brushes, it seems that maybe we’re not doing more than enough. Cleaning your makeup brushes is not only imperative to make them squeaky clean but it ensures the overall health of your skin. So, Beauty Insider wants you to grab your notepad now and jot down these steps on how to clean the makeup brushes.

How Often Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

It is recommended that you clean your makeup brushes such as foundation, powder, and concealer about once a week, as it can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Meanwhile, for eye brushes, you can be a little lenient as you only need to clean them twice a month. However, if you use makeup on a daily basis, it is best to clean the makeup brushes after each usage.

Although we might be finding an excuse not to clean the makeup brushes, it is significantly important to make sure that your makeup brushes are in good condition. Why you might ask? Well, just imagine the buildup of oils, dirt, and makeup products on brushes. Of course, we do not want that in our face. A regular cleaning routine will ensure that the makeup brushes are clean and help to prevent skin irritation and breakouts. Besides, a clean make brush will enable you to apply the products easily and it helps to extend the longevity of the makeup brushes as well.

When Should You Replace Your Makeup Brushes?

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All of us have one or even two makeup brushes that we could not live without. Unfortunately, there’s a limit on how long you can use it. So, look for these signs to know when you need to toss away the makeup brushes.

  • When you have been using the makeup brushes for more than three months
  • The bristles are fray and start to shed
  • Bristles lose their shape and volume
  • The makeup brushes have an unpleasant smell

How To Clean the Makeup Brushes?

Yes, now we come to the most important part! So, how to clean the makeup brushes? Following the correct steps are equally important as cleaning the makeup brushes to ensure that they are in good condition.

  1. Firstly, hold the makeup brushes with their bristles facing down and wet the bristles with lukewarm water. You need to avoid cleaning them using hot water and always make sure that the water does not come into contact with the brush handles to prevent them from damage.
  2. Pour a small amount of cleanser on a cleansing pad or your palm.
  3. Lather the soap and gently massage the makeup brushes.
  4. Then, rinse the bristles and squeeze them with a towel to remove excess water
  5. Mold the bristles to their original shape
  6. You can lay the makeup brushes on a towel to dry them out, but make sure to leave the bristles hanging on the edge of a table to ensure air circulation.
  7. Need a quick dry? Simply use a fan to expedite the process.

What should You Use to Clean the Makeup Brushes?

There is a wide range of products available on the market that you can choose from liquid cleanser, cleaning mat, spray cleanser, to soaps. The best way to really clean your makeup brushes is by using a gentle liquid cleanser. Without further ado, we have listed the items that you can use to make your makeup brushes clean as brand new.

1.MAC Cosmetics Brush Cleanser


With 4.5 star ratings on Sephora, the MAC Cosmetics Brush Cleanser is an all-rounder makeup brush cleanser that cleanses, disinfect and condition the bristles. Plus, it delivers a pleasant scent and has a short drying time. With its formula, it will deeply eliminate any residual makeup and oils. Although it is quite pricey, you only need a few drops of it to clean the brushes.

Why we love it:

  • Easy to use
  • Pleasant scent
  • Short drying time

Price:RM71.00. Available at Sephora.

2. Sephora Collection Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner

Next on the list is the Sephora Collection Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner. If you’re looking for an affordable and easy makeup brush cleaner, look no further because the Sephora Collection Daily Makeup Brush Cleaner is a liquid spray cleaner that does not require any rinse. Plus, it dries instantly, making it the perfect go-to makeup brush cleanser.

Why we love it:

  • No rinsing required
  • Affordable
  • Spray cleaner

Price:RM35.00. Available at Sephora.

3.Artis Brush Brush Cleansing Wipes

If you prefer cleansing wipes, you need to add the Artis Brush Brush Cleansing Wipes to your list. A pack features 30 wipes, which makes it a suitable option for traveling. Furthermore, it contains a formula that dissolves and removes makeup products thoroughly.

Why we love it:

  • Compact size
  • Instantly dry
  • Travel-friendly

Price:RM125.00. Available at Sephora.

4. Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat

Sigma Beauty Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Mat features seven different textures that effectively cleanse makeup brushes. This hands-free cleaning mat is very easy to use and it has suction cups to ensure that the cleaning mat stays in place.

Why we love it:

  • Easy to use
  • Features seven different textures
  • Suitable for eye and makeup brushes

Price: RM132.00. Available at Sephora.

5. Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser

This non-alcohol makeup brush cleanser has 4.5-star ratings on Sephora and people have raved that it is effective in removing makeup products that buildup on the brushes. On top of that, it does not require any rinsing and it dries easily. The Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser is formulated to dissolve waterproof and pigmented makeup.

Why we love it:

  • Dries quickly
  • Non-greasy
  • Alcohol-free

Price:RM94.00. Available at Sephora.

Author: Balqis Ariffin | Date: 12th March 2021