Cleaning Makeup Brushes, Still?

Most of us know by now how important makeup brushes are to achieve flawless, perfect makeup. A good ‘ol trusty brush can turn you from an amateur I-Don’t-Know-How-to-Blend-My-Concealer newbie into a YouTube makeup guru. Quality brushes don’t come cheap though! Some high-end brands will cost you your left arm…

Suffice it so say, professional brushes are an investment, and just like with any other investment, you should make the most out of it. To ensure that your brushes can keep up with your beauty needs, you have to take care of them as much as you take care of your other cosmetic tools.

I’ll admit cleaning makeup brushes is not the most exciting of tasks, but it should nevertheless be part of your regular beauty routine. Neglecting to clean those bristles can cause a string of skin problems and can ultimately ruin a good makeup brush. Aside from the fact that dirty makeup brushes are utterly disgusting, here are 4 reasons why you should give those babies some love… and a whole lot of cleaning:

Cleaning Makeup Brushes 101


Brushes Are Riddled with Acne-Causing Bacteria.

Makeup brushes come in contact with your skin, your facial oils, your vanity kit, and your make-up. These surfaces are crawling with bacteria waiting for a brush to be a breeding ground for more of their kind. Over time, your makeup brushes could accumulate nasty acne-causing bacteria that you would not want anywhere near your precious face! Why start your makeup routine with a clean face only to smush around 2 month old oily foundation remnants?

You Can Get A Staph Infection.

What the hell is that and how do I not get whatever that is?

Staph is a kind of bacterial, fungal, or viral infection that can cause a myriad of diseases that range from boils to toxic shock syndrome. Sounds too far-fetched to stem from a seemingly innocent make-up brush? Nope. An Australian woman actually ended up paralyzed after using contaminated make-up brushes…


Your Look Won’t Be On Fleek.

Past pigments cling to brush bristles. If you don’t clean your brushes very often, old pigment can ruin your desired look. The unwanted product can mix in with the new application and spoil the outcome you’re trying to achieve. Keeping your brushes clean will also keep them light and fluffy and make them more “blending efficient”. Plus, who doesn’t love that feeling of a clean silky brush against your skin?

Letting Brushes Rot Is a Waste of Your Money.

Can you imagine splurging on a dry-clean only top then throwing it in the washing machine a week later? Whether you spent $20 or $2000 on your brush collection, you can stretch your dollar further by ensuring your brushes last as long as possible. Wash your makeup brushes regularly and they’ll be good as new!

Sure, cleaning makeup brushes can be a hassle, especially when you’d rather do anything but spend a half hour scrubbing away. But it’s so worth it! Your skin will thank you. And it’s fairly easy to clean your brushes actually. You only need some staples from your pantry. These steps are so easy and hassle-free you might even look forward to your next brush cleaning schedule!


  1. Pour a small amount of water and your preferred fragrance-free detergent in a shallow glass. You can even add a few drops of essential oil, like tea tree oil which is prized for its antibacterial properties, or lavender for it’s calming effect.
  2. Let the brushes soak for 15 minutes.
  3. Next, swirl them one by one around the palm of your hands for a few turns until they become a little lathery.
  4. Rinse well under running water to remove oil, soap and residue. *Note: Make sure that the brush is pointing bristles-down. Otherwise, water might get into the glue that’s holding the bristles together.
  5. Lay them flat on a towel to dry overnight.


Easy peasy, right? Cleaning makeup brushes at least once every two weeks will have your skin—and your wallet—thanking you!




  • WhatWouldVWear

    Great post! I agree cleaning make-up brushes isn’t that exciting but it’s very important!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  • Thanks for sharing girl! We all get lazy sometimes but cleaning our brushes regularly is so important!

    xoxo, Christina

  • Haha! Your post always managed to make me chuckle! I hate washing my makeup brushes and I told my husband that if we ever win the lotto, I will hire someone to come wash my makeup brushes once every two weeks. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Omg! I need to go wash mine right this second! Been postponing for so long! Thank you for sharing, love!


  • Raysa Garcia

    Loved this post babe! Thanks for the tips. So helpful! I need to go clean my brushes ASAP. 😀
    Kisses, Raysa

  • Dolce Nina

    Helpful post! xoxo

  • Excellent tips! Thank you. And your photos are gorgeous!

  • Sandra Epke

    Thanks for the tips! I never clean my makeup brushes! But now I will. It looks so easy!

  • Absolutely loved this post. I’ll go clean my brushes now (been putting them off!). — Jaya | @notjaya

  • Andrea Laird Pannell

    Time to clean my brushes!

  • Mayra

    Thanks for the reminder! Great pics and tips!

  • Sinea

    I am guilty of leaving mine forEVER without cleaning them. OK you have me convinced. I am cleaning them right away!

  • I’ll admit I’m guilty of not cleaning my brushes often enough, but it’s so easy there’s really no excuses!

  • I’ve added a bit of bi carb and essential oil to cleanse. Clean brushes are sooo good!

  • Stephanie Lee

    This is one of those things that I KNOW I should do but often forget. Thanks for the good motivation!

  • Taylor Reese

    This is awesome and mildly alarming. I’m cleaning all of mine asap!

  • Shearly Reyes

    I love clean brushes and I don’t think people understand that not cleaning your brushes can be so dangerous. Thank you so much for this article!

  • I’m totally guilty of taking my sweet time to clean my brushes. But I agree with every single thing you mentioned…it’s a must!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

  • Monika

    I am guilty of not washing my makeup brushes as much as I should! This was a very helpful post and I need to just get better at it 🙂 Have a wonderful day!

    Monika |

  • I love this post! Just because it is so interesting to learn about what bad things dirty brushes can cause.
    I am happy to say that I have a routine that I clean my brushes every secons week and needless to say my skin have gotten much better. By the way, I absolutley love reading your blog ! I hope you have a good week (;
    Hugs from Switzerland
    Janine (

  • Living in Full Bloom

    I’m still building my brush collection (I just started actually using brushes), and it’s good to know some practical advice for cleaning them! I’m also glad I won’t have to buy any expensive brush cleaning sprays and I can do it with just water and soap!

  • Totally agree on the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes. I use a daily brush spray but need to be better about deep-cleaning my brushes. Great post!

  • I’m the worst at cleaning my brushes sometimes. I really need to make a habit of cleaning them more often!

  • Today of all days I needed to see this! I just found mold on my beauty blender! Yuck! And I definitely need my makeup to be on fleek!

  • Toyas Tales

    I need to get better at this. My sister always gets on my case about cleaning my brushes but I have been trying to stay on top of it a lot more after I started breaking out. but now that you mentioned the possibility of a staph infection I am appropriately freaked out and now I’m really going to make sure I take care of my brushes properly.

  • sharon wu

    Such a great read! I actually only use a brush for blush and everything else either by hand or with a beauty blender, but always make sure to wash everything so that it’s sanitary. My blush brush is due for a cleaning though… 🙂 xo, sharon

  • Great post!

    Daniel x

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    • Kandja Abigail Sylla

      Thanks Daniel!

  • I mostly use hands, but lately been using lot of brushes.
    So I totally agree on the cleanup part.
    Thanks for sharing beauty!
    Richa | Fancier’s World

    • Kandja Abigail Sylla

      Hands are such a great way to keep your face clean!! I use hands sometimes too 🙂

  • Ruthie Ridley

    I can honestly say that I’m not good at cleaning my brushes and I pay the consequences!!! You’ve inspired me to get on it and the right way!