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How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes


Tell me how to take care of my new makeup brush. Do I wash it and how often?

There are a billion fancy brush cleaners you can buy – but on the flip side, you could do the bare inexpensive minimum and simply spritz the brushes with isopropyl alcohol to decontaminate. However, that might not add a lot of life to that Real Techniques blender you blew your pretty little allowance on.

I do the gentle, happy medium. Just use a tiny drop of dish soap and water. I like to put it in a bowl and put all the brushes in once every week or two and just let them soak. They air-dry nicely here in the desert, but you might want to paper-towel-shape them dry in the humidity.

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(Admittedly, I wasn’t always so low-maintenance on the brush cleansing front – I used to love one by Garden Botanika, but it seems they’ve taken it off the market. Sniffle.)

9 thoughts on “How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes

  1. Hello! i found this link on Facebook – Thanks for sharing this.. I never knew what is the right type of soap for makeup brushes and was always afraid to mess my nice expensive ones up with the wrong things. Thank you again

  2. I buy makeup brush cleaners because I use to use baby soap and it didn’t leave my brushes soft anymore. I also purchased new soaps from a small shop on etsy that has been all over on IG. So I can’t wait to test that out.

  3. At least you clean yours… I’m awful. So bad, I know, but I avoid cleaning them at all costs because it’s just no fun at all. I just buy more brushes and add them to the collection bahhaha

  4. Thank you so much for sharing. I am the worst when it comes to cleaning my brushes but I NEED to be better about it. Thanks!

  5. Isopropyl alcohol is a great disinfectant! I am so glad I have found your article. I was always afraid to try to wash them without alcohol. Now I will give your method a try. Best regards!

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