How to Deep Clean Makeup Brushes?

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How to deep clean your makeup brushes without damage? You can properly and thoroughly deep clean your makeup brushes using things that you find around your home. For example, many choose to use dish soap, gentle hands soap, micellar water to get all the gunk out of makeup brushes. I prefer the method using a silicone brush, silicone scrub, or silicone mat and gentle shampoo. You can clean your face with a silicone brush as well, they are inexpensive and last a long time, and that is why I choose to use them. Below you can find a video tutorial that shows you how to simply use a silicone brush to deep clean the makeup brushes. They are little dirt magnets that remove all the excess makeup. Also using shampoo is going to remove all the bacteria and mold in the brushes. In this particular video, I am using OGX coconut shampoo

Why Should You Clean Your Makeup Brushes?

Deep clean makeup brushes at home to protect yourself and to extend the life of the brushes. Your brushes are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Consider that they go on your makeup and face, close to sensitive areas like your eyes. Brushes pick up all the oil and moisture from your skin and they mix it with the product and its oils and compounds. Bacteria and mold are just waiting to sit and reproduce in your makeup brushes. You may infect your makeup as well if you do not practice good hygiene. These microorganisms can cause rashes, styes, staph, allergic reactions, breakouts, and more. The buildup can also deteriorate the bristles and glue holding the brush together.

How Often Should You Clean Your Brushes?

It depends on how often you do your makeup. For the majority of the people, the rule of thumb is one week. Though you can do it more often if you use lots of makeup often. But for the most part, you should clean your brushes once a week. Make sure it becomes a routine if you do not perform this very essential task.

What can you use to wash makeup brushes?

You can use a Silicone brush, water, and shampoo. Some people choose to condition their brushes with olive oil. If you don’t have things available, you can always use your fingers and handsoap.

Popular Cleaning Agents:

  • Micellar Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Gentle Hand Soap
  • Gentle Shampoodeep clean makeup brushes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Makeup Brush Cleaner

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How do you clean your makeup brushes without ruining them?

You won’t ruin your brushes by washing them, on the contrary, washing your makeup brushes can extend the life of the brush. Make sure you dry them tilted, so the bristles point downwards and the water does not sit at the base to damage the glue. Follow this step by step to deep clean your brushes easily, without damaging the brush. You need a silicone brush or a mat, gentle shampoo and lukewarm water. 

  1. Run the makeup brush under lukewarm water and get it wet.
  2. Apply some shampoo to the silicone scrub.
  3. Rub the makeup brush, in circular motions, against the silicone bristles making the shampoo foam up. 
  4. Rinse and repeat until the water runs clear and you can’t see any makeup buildup in the brush.
  5. Use a towel as a drying mat, tilting the makeup brushes towards the bristles. 

How do you kill germs on makeup brushes?

Any gentle shampoo, dish soap, or makeup brush cleaner can kill germs and help dissolve any makeup buildup. Make sure you do this regularly and you don’t skip cleaning and washing your makeup container as well. Do this at least once a week. 

Can you use shampoo to clean makeup brushes?

Yes, you can use shampoo. Make sure it is gentle, preferably without sulfates and surfactants that can shorten the life of your brushes. 

When should you replace your makeup brushes?

If you take care of your tools, you may use your brushes for years. Make sure you clean the container where you store the brushes as well as the brush. If the bristles look too messy and as a result, your makeup is not on point, you may have to get rid of that particular brush.


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