How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Good makeup brushes make a real difference, but they can be expensive. Protect your investment by keeping them clean, as shown in this video.

What You Need

  1. Check makeup brushes
  2. Check brush cleaner spray
  3. Check clean cloth
  4. Check bowl filled with warm water
  5. Check gentle shampoo or mild liquid soap

Follow These Steps

  1. Spray with brush cleaner weekly

    Once a week, spritz the bristles of your makeup brush, making sure to dampen both sides if the brush is flat. Wipe a clean cloth with the moistened brush until the brush comes clean.

    Tip: You can purchase brush-cleaner spray at a drugstore or department store.

  2. Deep clean monthly

    Run the tips of the bristles under warm water. Pour a little baby shampoo into the palm of one hand. Holding the brush in the other hand, swirl the bristles around in the baby shampoo. Rinse the brush by swirling in a bowl of clean warm water. Use a cloth to wipe the brush clean; then lay it flat on a cloth to dry.

    Tip: When dipping your brush into water, make sure not to submerge it all the way to the base of the bristles. Doing so can loosen the glue that binds the bristles together.