How to Properly Clean Makeup Brushes

Professional makeup brushes near a salon mirror

To perform high-quality makeup looks, you are going to need clean, high-quality tools. Understanding how to properly clean your brushes will not only make your job easier, it will keep your client’s faces free from bacteria and acne. When you want to become a makeup artist, the following steps will help ensure your brushes stay clean.

Step 1: Gather your supplies. Dawn anti-bacterial dish soap, olive oil, a plate, and paper towels are all you need. Dawn dish soap works great due to its powerful degreasing properties and will ensure your brushes are squeaky clean.

Step 2: Pour some soap onto the plate and olive oil right next to it. Swirl the brush where the soap and oil meet until you have enough to cover the bristles.

Step 3: Swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to really get rid of the dirt and grime. Once you feel like you have gotten enough product off, repeat steps 2-3 with the remainder of your brushes.

Step 4: Rinse your brushes using lukewarm water. Any hotter or colder could have adverse effects on the quality of your brushes. Keep your bristles pointing downwards to prevent water from damaging the glue that holds them together.

Step 5 (Optional): If you have one handy, you can use a spa-cleaning glove to help rinse and clean your brushes.

Step 6: After you rinse the brush, squeeze to remove excess water from the bristles. This will help speed up the drying process.

Step 7: Dry your brushes with the paper towels and let them air dry to ensure the brushes stay nice and fluffy. Once they are completely dry, you can use them as normal!