How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes


Applying makeup with the right tools is key in achieving flawless makeup.  If you’re going to make the investment in high-quality makeup artist brushes, it would be in your best interest to keep them in tip-top shape!  Think about it.  We wash our hair virtually every day so why would we not treat our makeup brushes with the same TLC?  Dirty makeup brushes can be a breeding ground for bacteria that can acerbate or lead to unwanted skin breakouts.  When doing makeup lessons with customers, I often see makeup brushes that are dirty and laying in the bottom of soiled makeup bags. Clean makeup brushes are a blessing to your skin.


Timeline for cleaning makeup brushes

Concealer and foundation brushes: after each use

Powder, blush and eyeshadow brushes: once a week

Here is how we clean our makeup brushes at The Make-up Studio:

da Vinci Conditioning Brush Soap


We love this brush soap not only because it gets our makeup brushes extremely clean but it conditions them as well! Made with a 100% vegetable oil base, the da Vinci Conditioning Brush Soap keeps natural hair and synthetic fibers soft.

Directions for use


Step One: Wet your makeup brush with warm water

Step Two: Swirl the brush head in a circular motion in the tin until it gets soapy

Step Three: Massage the brush head under the water, rinsing it clean (repeat if necessary)

Step Four: Gently remove excess liquid and reshape the brush with a clean, dry towel

Step Five: While drying, store upright in your favorite mug or brush vessel.


Cozzette Aromatherapy Makeup Brush Cleaner

Our favorite liquid cleanser has inviting aroma consisting of lavender and lemongrass.  The Cozzette Aromatherapy Makeup Brush Cleaner revitalizes, hydrates and sanitizes your makeup brushes.

Directions for usebrush cleaner

Step One: To spot clean, spray a tissue or paper towel with this product

Step Two: Gently swipe the bristles of the brush along the portion of the towel dampened with the solution.

(Can also be used to deep clean your makeup brushes by submerging them in the product)


Solid Blender Cleanser by Beauty Blender

Our product of choice to clean our Beauty Blenders is the Solid Blender Cleanser.  This travel-friendly cleanser not only cleans our sponges superbly but we are able to use it on makeup brushes as well!

Directions for usebeauty-blender-solid-cleanser2

Step One: Wet your sponge with warm water

Step Two: Swirl in a circular motion in the cleanser

Step Three: Massage the sponge under the water, working up a lather targeting the areas with makeup

Step Four: Fully rinse and repeat if necessary

Step Five: Squeeze out all the remaining water using a clean, dry towel or tissue




Hopefully these tips will inspire you to clean your makeup brushes and keep them in excellent condition for many a makeup application!