How to Clean Makeup Brushes – How Often to Clean Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes can become a breeding ground for bacteria, dust, dirt, old makeup, dead skin cells all resulting in possible irritated skin, breakouts.

If you are using your brushes on other people they should be cleaned between each person.  There are lots of brands that carry quick cleaning products.

Most people are only using their brushes on themselves.  If that’s the case, wash your brushes once a week.

Here is what you need:

  1. Mild Liquid Dish soap
  2. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  3. A shallow container(ie a plate)
  4. Warm water
  5. Towel
  6. Wire hanger
  7. Chip Clip
  • After each use, tap off excess product and gently wipe the brush to remove excess makeup.
  • Once a week, wash your brushes.  DSC_5335Take a shallow container(I use a plate), put 2 parts Liquid mild dish soap and 1 1/2 part Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Gently swish your brush in circles in your cleaning solution.  You can use this solution up to the ferrule.  (The ferrule is the metal piece that connects the bristles to the handle).  Ideally you don’t want to get the ferrule wet.


  • Rinse them in warm water until the water is clear.DSC_5338


  • NOTE:  Don’t use a cleanser with alcohol because it can dry the brush.  Fabric softener can make it difficult for the brush to hold powder.
  • Now that the brush is clean, begin combing the brush at the tip little by little working your way to brushing from root to tip. Then flip your brush and do the same thing on the other side.  If you start combing at the base of the brush, bristles will tear and break.
  • Squeeze the brush with a towel to remove any excess water. Then shape the brush with your finger tips.
  • You can slip a brush guard on to help maintain the shape of your brush. A brush guard is a mesh tube that can be slipped over the brush.  These are available on, or, and there’s a kit on  I’m also sure many of you could make your own.
  • NOTE: Never dry your brushes in the sunlight or under a hairdryer.
  • A great tip to drying your brushes…Place a chip clip over a wire hanger. Then clip the handle of your brush with a chip clip, so the chip clip is over the hanger and holding onto the brush.  Then place the hanger in a safe place until your brushes are dry.


  • You can also use a brush tree to help dry your brushes found here:

Brushes Hanging

  • Makeup Brushes are consumable goods.  When they are worn out or the brush doesn’t hold the right amount of product or the texture just isn’t nice, it’s time to replace your brush.  Generally, a brush lasts about  5 years.

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