suds up your brushes, save your skin

I’m willing to bet you’re a dirty girl. Sure, you wash your face…but do you clean your makeup brushes? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Makeup brushes, especially if you use them every day, are the perfect home for dust, oil and bacteria. According to Catherine Marovich, director of Sephora Brand, “The best way to prevent acne is to wash your brushes”. It’s an oft-forgotten step that only takes a couple minutes to do and will result in silky smooth and clean brushes you can feel good about putting against your skin.

Step 1: Rinse your brush under lukewarm water.
Ensure the brush is saturated.

Step 2: Squirt a few drops of a brush cleanser or gentle baby shampoo in to the damp palm of your hand.
I used Quo Purifying Brush Shampoo.

Step 3: Swirl the wet brush into the cleanser.
The soap will quickly foam and darken with product. Rinse the soap off periodically, squeezing excess water from the brush. Your brush is clean when the water squeezed from your brush is clear. If the water is still murky or coloured, add more soap and repeat.

Step 4: Lay brushes flat to dry.
Yes, they’ll look funny. Don’t worry – you can fluff them up again once they’re dry.

That’s it! You’re done. Don’t you feel better now?

Curious about my brushes? They’re a combination of Quo, Stila and Sephora Professional. My bronzer brush is an eco-friendly bamboo-handled brush from my local drugstore. The towel is from Anthropologie and the silver vase was part of a centrepiece from a wedding I was in!

  • Washing brushes is a part of self-care that people should not forget. Also, you should dry your brushes at an angle (with the bristles pointed downward) so that water doesn’t get trapped in the brush handle (it can be a breeding ground for bacteria). 

    • Anonymous

      That’s a great tip! Thanks for sharing. I’m so glad I finally got around to cleaning my brushes – they feel so much better against my skin now (and bacteria-free).

  • Anonymous

    I like this post!  I don’t have great brushes so actually thinking about investing in a set from Sigma. Then I’ll wash em’ all the time! 🙂 

    • Anonymous

      Thanks! I’ve kind of collected mine along the way. I’ve had the Stila ones since high school (an alarmingly long time ago 😉 )! If you’re not ready for a big investment, the Quo ones are great value and work really well..

  • I’m kind of embarrassed at how long its been since I’ve washed mine, and even more embarrassed about the colour that came out of my dirty brushes. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Let’s just say there’s a reason Step 3 doesn’t have a photo 😉 

  • peter0berts

    Hi, my girlfriend Sarah asked me to tell you that she doesn’t use any commercial detergents to keep her makeup brushes clean. She is following this procedure as well as the one you’ve mentioned in your article above. She is very pleased by the results. However she was wondering is there any chance to damage the bristles without using a special conditioner? Thanks 🙂