Make Up Brushes: Tips for Keeping Them Clean

Applying makeup with a brush is a favourite method of application for many of us. But sometimes we forget that they need a little TLC from time to time. Brushes can attract and build up bacteria that may be harmful to your skin. Read on for a few tips from us…


What should you clean it with?

It’s important to invest in a good cleaning product, you wouldn’t want to ruin your makeup brushes with an ineffective cleanser. Washing your brushes will make them last longer. If you can’t find a cleaning product, then remember warm water and soap are your friends!

What could happen?

Putting makeup onto your brushes and then applying it is fine! However, if you wear makeup daily and aren’t cleaning your brushes properly or often enough, bacteria transferred back and forth from your brushes and onto your skin will cause breakouts and sometimes other skin conditions or eye infections. 

When should you clean your brushes?

If you apply makeup daily, it’s a good idea to cleanse your tools 1-2 times a week. If you only wear makeup a couple of times a week, tools could be washed once every two weeks. If left too long you’ll encourage bacteria and dirt to build up on your tools. Those dreaded spots are likely to make an appearance if you don’t clean up well!

Don’t share your brushes.

You shouldn’t share your makeup tools as a general rule. It’s an easy way to transfer bacteria between people if you are not careful. This in turn can double the chance of a nasty infection or breakout! If you’re sharing brushes, they need to be cleaned thoroughly between uses. 


Dirty brushes can go brittle and feel rough, which is no fun for your skin. You may find that you are damaging the skin with stiff brushes, or catching spots that are trying to heal when you’re applying your makeup. Keep them clean and soft. 

Take extra care with eye and lip brushes

It’s important to give your eye and lip brushes an extra cleanse.  Particularly around your eye area, as we’ve mentioned dirty brushes can lead to things like eye infections. Take extra care and don’t forget to clean your small brushes – not just the big ones! Try to avoid mixing them up too if you can, get some good brushes and look after them!


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