Spring-cleaning doesn’t stop with your closet, it’s a great excuse to lather up those grimy makeup brushes too! Often overlooked, dirty makeup brushes can contribute to blocked pores and a dull complexion. It’s best practice to give your makeup brushes a deep cleaning once a month. A fresh makeup brush ensures the bristles are disinfected and your products are applied with the greatest color integrity. Get those brushes sparkling clean and keep them looking good as new for years. Learn how with our simple process!
Written and photographed by Erin Gerlach of The Sparkle.
1. Don’t be afraid to get your brushes wet. Start by running the bristles under a tap, ensuring they face downwards at all times during the cleaning process.
2. Once the brush is damp, lather with clarifying shampoo, working the soap deep into the bristles with gentle circular motions. Reapply the shampoo until the water runs clean when squeezed out of the brush. We like Neutrogena’s Anti-Residue Shampoo ($5.59).
3. Rinse the brush and squeeze out any excess water, shaping the brush into its natural form.
4. Lay the brushes flat to dry overnight. Laying them flat ensures water doesn’t leak into the handle of the brush, which can loosen the glue over time causing the brush to deteriorate and eventually break.