How to wash your make-up brushes

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A bad workman always blames his tools - so here's how to keep yours clean and maintained

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It's easy to forget to wash to your make-up brushes but it's as important as the shade of foundation you chose.

Not only do dirty brushes make application an uphill battle, they can also harbour some pretty gross bacteria. So you're basically just asking for a break-out.

It may seem boring but set aside some time to take care of them and you won't have to buy new ones and your make-up will look better. Who wouldn't want that!

Scroll for a video on how to wash your make-up brushes

Cleaning make-up brushes: General maintenance



  • Store your brushes separately to your make up - as tempting as it is to keep everything in one bag it's not clean and they'll need washing much less if you keep them upright and separate.
  • Why not get or make a brush roll if you need them on the move?
  • Brush or tap off excess after each use. You can use a make-up brush cleanser on a tissue for a more effective clean.


Cleaning make-up brushes: When do I need to clean them?



  • The amount they need cleaning depends on how much you use them.
  • For most normal use every month should be sufficient.
  • You should wash them straight away if someone else borrows them as they will have different oils on their skin.


Cleaning make-up brushes: Washing your tools



  • You can use either a normal everyday shampoo - cheap stuff is fine - or a specific make-up cleanser. You can also use a soap bar or a cleansing foam.
  • Work the product into a lather with the brush, either brushing onto a clean sink or your hand.
  • Be sure to be gentle so as not to damage the bristles. Working a figure of eight is the most effective.
  • Rinse the brushes with warm water - be sure to be thorough.


Cleaning make-up brushes: Drying your tools



  • It is important to reshape your brushes after they've been washed otherwise you'll have quite the challenge the next tip you use them
  • Washing them in the evening and drying overnight in time for the next morning is the easiest way to ensure they won't be wet when you need them next




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