Makeup Tips: Do’s and Dont’s to Clean Makeup Brushes

Posted on Apr 9 2014 - 10:00am by poonam

Makeup Tips: Do’s and Dont’s to Clean Makeup Brushes

Hello Makeupholics,

We all love makeup and understand the importance of brushes to achieve best application for foundations, pressed powders and even eye shadows but do you pay enough attention to cleaning of the brushes as well. The brushes might collapse if not handled carefully and even the most expensive one’s will start loosing their charm. Cleaning brushes at regular intervals is essential because if not cleansed efficiently and the proper way, the consequences could be unforgiving. So, Today I am sharing some Do’s and Don’ts to clean Makeup Brushes the right way.

Makeup Tips - How to Clean Makeup Brushes Do's and Dont's

Do’s: Right Way to Clean Makeup Brushes

  1. Wash your brushes once a week, or once in two weeks depending on usage. If you suffer from acne or very sensitive skin, wash your brushes more often
  2. Opt for an alcohol based cleanser, if you are short of time. Spray it on a paper towel and then sweep the brush against the paper towel until it’s clean.
  3. Use a gentle shampoo to clean brushes.
  4. Gently squeeze out excess water, Reshape bristles and let the brushes dry overnight. Allow your brushes to dry completely or at least 8 hours before using
  5. Hand dry your brushes upside down

Makeup Tips - How to Clean Makeup Brushes - Right way to dry brushes

Don’ts: Wrong way toΒ Β Clean Makeup Brushes

  1. Do not mix used and clean make up brushes, so as to ensure that bacteria doesn’t get transferred from the dirty brushes to the unused ones.
  2. Do not blow-dry or use direct sunlight to dry your brushes, as it can cause permanent damage to your brushes.
  3. Do not rough up the bristles too much during cleansing as it can permanently damage the brush.
  4. Do not let the water drip into the metallic ferrule as it might wet the root of bristles and cause shedding
  5. Do not let your brushes dry standing up (bristles facing upwards) as Water will seep down to the bristles into the brush and loosen the glue holding the hairs together leading the brush to fall apart.

Makeup Tips - How to Clean Makeup Brushes - How to Wash

I have been washing my brushes in a wrong manner and didn’t care about the water being running into the metallic ferrule, thankfully no damage is done. But from now on I will be extra careful while washing them.

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Hope this post helps you maintain your brushes in a better way.. πŸ™‚

How often do you clean your Makeup Brushes? Which is the common mistake that you did till now?

43 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. laks April 9, 2014 at 11:38 AM - Reply

    Great tips Poo.Thanks for sharing them πŸ™‚

    • poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:55 PM - Reply

      Thank u Laks.. πŸ˜€

  2. Manasi April 9, 2014 at 12:04 PM - Reply

    Nice post dear!!

    • poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM - Reply

      Thanks Manasi.. πŸ™‚

  3. mily April 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM - Reply

    Nice tips..but i dont have any makeup brushes…dont do that compliacted makeup..Fingers work for me πŸ˜›

    • poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM - Reply

      heheh.. Mily.. u r not bit by Makeup bug yet.. πŸ˜› .. hehhe.. washing brushes i s a job.. nd u r saved πŸ˜›

  4. rinnee April 9, 2014 at 4:39 PM - Reply

    very informative..nice post!

    • poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:04 PM - Reply

      Thanks sweetess.. πŸ™‚

  5. kanika sharma April 9, 2014 at 4:56 PM - Reply

    thanks dear <3

    • poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:29 PM - Reply

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  6. Makeupmirrornme April 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM - Reply

    Some great tips Dear πŸ™‚

    • poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM - Reply

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. Simera April 9, 2014 at 7:14 PM - Reply

    Great tips hun.

    • poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:27 PM - Reply

      Thnaks Simera.. would love to know how u take care of ur brushes!! πŸ™‚

  8. Rashmi April 9, 2014 at 7:54 PM - Reply

    Great tips dear…thx a lot for sharing…:-)

    • poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:16 PM - Reply

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  9. Arpitaβ™₯ April 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM - Reply

    Even I did not care about water going into the ferrule :/ Lovely tips dearie πŸ˜€ Thanks a looooooot for saving my brushes and my money πŸ˜€

    • poonam April 14, 2014 at 7:00 AM - Reply

      I was shocked to learn that .. but I am extra carfeul while washing my brushes now.. πŸ˜€

      Glad it helped dear.. πŸ™‚

  10. Rakhshanda April 9, 2014 at 10:33 PM - Reply

    Great tips Poo.Thanks for sharing them :)Have a nice day <3

    • poonam April 14, 2014 at 6:53 AM - Reply

      Glad u liked Raks… πŸ˜€
      Have a beautiful weekend to u too.. πŸ˜€

  11. Swati April 9, 2014 at 11:11 PM - Reply

    Nice post Poonam! Lots of people wash them wrong.

    • poonam April 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM - Reply

      yeahh.. including me .. πŸ˜›

  12. Anamika April 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM - Reply

    Superb tips dear

    • poonam April 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM - Reply

      Thansk ana.. πŸ™‚

  13. pragya April 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM - Reply

    I was waiting for this one Poo.. I remember watching this video by NIC from Pixiewoo sisters about brush cleaning and it really helped me take care of my brushes and baby I have to tell U you did great job sharing this!!! πŸ˜€

    • poonam April 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM - Reply

      Aww.. Thanks a tonn Pragya.. i love pixiwoo too but coudnt get time to watch nowadays.. πŸ˜›
      Glad it helped sweetie.. πŸ™‚

  14. Althea April 11, 2014 at 6:03 AM - Reply

    Glad i do it the rite way

    • poonam April 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM - Reply

      Awesum dear.. πŸ™‚

  15. Natasha (Nats) April 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM - Reply

    Keeping them upside down is a great tip.. nice post Poo πŸ™‚

    • poonam April 14, 2014 at 6:44 AM - Reply

      yeahh.. it helps in saving the bristles form loosening.. πŸ™‚

  16. Esha April 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM - Reply

    Great post Poo!!! Bookmarked!!! πŸ™‚

    • poonam April 14, 2014 at 6:41 AM - Reply

      Thankss Esha.. πŸ™‚

  17. krithi April 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM - Reply

    Good one Poo πŸ™‚

    • poonam April 15, 2014 at 9:02 PM - Reply

      Thanks Krithi.. πŸ˜€

  18. Megha April 15, 2014 at 11:35 PM - Reply

    whatever method i use somehow water goes into the metal a bit. lovely tips poo!

    • poonam January 18, 2015 at 4:58 PM - Reply

      Thanks Megha.. Try to control the flow of water and handle brushes in slanted position.. hope that helps to prevent water going into the ferrule.. πŸ™‚

  19. Naomi Ganzu April 16, 2014 at 3:31 PM - Reply

    Nice post.

    • poonam April 16, 2014 at 11:01 PM - Reply

      Thanks.. πŸ™‚

  20. Pinks April 17, 2014 at 2:46 AM - Reply

    Very useful tips dear. Thank you for sharing them πŸ™‚

  21. Charu Sharma April 17, 2014 at 9:15 PM - Reply

    Great post and very informative too!! πŸ™‚

    • poonam January 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM - Reply

      Thanks Charu.. πŸ™‚ Glad you liked it ! πŸ™‚

  22. Born Beautiful April 25, 2014 at 10:01 PM - Reply

    I am in look out for instant cleaner for situations when I am really short of time. Any suggestions?

    • poonam January 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM - Reply

      You can give MAC Brush Cleanser a try .. It will immeditaely clean up the brushes.. πŸ™‚

      Though you must follow the shampoo + cleanser formula method for cleansing brushes weekly or bi weekly! πŸ™‚

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