Oct 01 , 2020

John Staro


As You Sanitize Everything Else at Home, Make Sure to Clean Your Makeup Brushes Too

In the age of coronavirus, the mere thought of your makeup brushes only having the potential to cause breakouts is a concern of the past. 

These days, most people are worried about all the germs lurking on their makeup products and tools, and how to properly sanitize everything in their makeup bag. Luckily, there's a way to effectively clean and disinfect your brushes without damaging the bristles in the process. To share the best tips with you, we spoke with a few professional makeup artists to get their expert insight. 

What Should I Use to Clean My Makeup Brushes? 

The first step is to find a brush cleaner. While some makeup artists use dish soap on brushes, if you're unsure how that will interact with your skin, stick to a product made specifically for brushes. Aidan Keogh, a makeup artist for Honey Artists, admits that at home he'll use the shampoo he uses on himself for his natural hair brushes. So feel free to reach for whatever's in your shower.  


What Washing Technique Should I Follow?

After applying soap, several of the pros we talked to said they like to whirl the wet bristles of their brushes which is a textured surface that helps remove the pigments and dirt from the tools. Another option, according to Scibelli, is to use the palm of your hands, after you have washed them for at least 20 seconds in warm water. However, you should never submerge your brushes into a cleaning solution. "That can make the solution to get into the glue that holds the bristles to the handle and cause your brush to shed," Lauren warns. 

And while rinsing, you'll also need to be mindful of the bristles. To avoid any damage, hold the brush vertically so the bristles are facing downwards. This way, the water can drip off the tip and won't settle in the base of the brush. Afterwards, Hughes recommends squeezing out the bristles and hanging them upside-down on a brush tree to dry. If you don't have a brush tree, you can lay them flat. 

How Often Should I Wash My Makeup Brushes? 

It's important to clean your brushes at least once a week, especially now, if you're still using them consistently. "Using a dirty brush on your products can create cross contamination and repeat infections," Lauren says. Otherwise, make sure to clean them the night before you plan to do your makeup to give them some time to dry.