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

by poonam on April 9, 2014

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 to  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.

PS: I do not claim the ownership of images used here.

Hope this post helps you maintain your brushes in a better way.. :)

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

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

laks April 9, 2014 at 11:38 AM

Great tips Poo.Thanks for sharing them :)


poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Thank u Laks.. :D


Manasi April 9, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Nice post dear!!


poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Thanks Manasi.. :)


mily April 9, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Nice tips..but i dont have any makeup brushes…dont do that compliacted makeup..Fingers work for me :P


poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:56 PM

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


rinnee April 9, 2014 at 4:39 PM

very informative..nice post!


poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Thanks sweetess.. :)


kanika sharma April 9, 2014 at 4:56 PM

thanks dear <3


poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:29 PM
Makeupmirrornme April 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Some great tips Dear :)


poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM
Simera April 9, 2014 at 7:14 PM

Great tips hun.


poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Thnaks Simera.. would love to know how u take care of ur brushes!! :)


Rashmi April 9, 2014 at 7:54 PM

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


poonam April 9, 2014 at 9:16 PM
Arpita♥ April 9, 2014 at 9:15 PM

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


poonam April 14, 2014 at 7:00 AM

I was shocked to learn that .. but I am extra carfeul while washing my brushes now.. :D

Glad it helped dear.. :)


Rakhshanda April 9, 2014 at 10:33 PM

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


poonam April 14, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Glad u liked Raks… :D
Have a beautiful weekend to u too.. :D


Swati April 9, 2014 at 11:11 PM

Nice post Poonam! Lots of people wash them wrong.


poonam April 14, 2014 at 6:52 AM

yeahh.. including me .. :P


Anamika April 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Superb tips dear


poonam April 10, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Thansk ana.. :)


pragya April 10, 2014 at 1:26 PM

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!!! :D


poonam April 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Aww.. Thanks a tonn Pragya.. i love pixiwoo too but coudnt get time to watch nowadays.. :P
Glad it helped sweetie.. :)


Althea April 11, 2014 at 6:03 AM

Glad i do it the rite way


poonam April 14, 2014 at 10:43 AM

Awesum dear.. :)


Natasha (Nats) April 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Keeping them upside down is a great tip.. nice post Poo :)


poonam April 14, 2014 at 6:44 AM

yeahh.. it helps in saving the bristles form loosening.. :)


Esha April 11, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Great post Poo!!! Bookmarked!!! :)


poonam April 14, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Thankss Esha.. :)


krithi April 14, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Good one Poo :)


poonam April 15, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Thanks Krithi.. :D


Megha April 15, 2014 at 11:35 PM

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


Naomi Ganzu April 16, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Nice post.


poonam April 16, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Thanks.. :)


Pinks April 17, 2014 at 2:46 AM

Very useful tips dear. Thank you for sharing them :-)


Charu Sharma April 17, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Great post and very informative too!! :)


Born Beautiful April 25, 2014 at 10:01 PM

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


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