More posts

Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Haven’t cleaned your makeup brushes recently? They could have bugs in them. Yes, really.

We’re guessing it’s been a while…

Ok, so be honest: When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes? If they’re currently caked in makeup and you can’t remember the original colour of the bristles, it’s probably time to make friends with a cleanser.

Brushes are key to pristine, professional-standard makeup application, so give them the love and care they deserve by treating them to a thorough clean at least once a week.

Dirty brushes are a breeding ground for bacteria, and if you don’t look after your beauty tools, they won’t last as long as they should. Here are our top tips for how to clean makeup brushes and keeping them germ-free and in perfect condition, even when you’re on the go – so no excuses!

Cleaning Makeup Brushes With Gel


Step 1

Start by running the brush under lukewarm water, using your fingers to spread out the bristles. Try to avoid getting water on the part of the brush where the bristles meet the handle – known as the ferrule – because water will dissolve the glue and cause the bristles to shed.


Step 2

Next, apply a pump of cleansing gel onto the brush. Spread the bristles to remove any clogged-up makeup. For an even deeper clean, swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to lather up the soap before dipping back into the water.


Step 3

Rinse the brush under warm running water, then wipe back and forth across a clean hand towel to get rid of every bit of makeup. Reshape the brush as you go by pressing the bristles between your fingers until it is back to its original shape, once dry, store upright.



Other Methods to Clean Makeup Brushes

Using Anti-bacterial Spray

Antibacterial spray provides a quick-fix cleanse between thorough washes, espe-cially for smaller brushes used on eyes and lips. Spray the solution onto the bristles and wipe back and forth across a clean tissue until there are no traces of residue makeup.


Solid cleanser

Wet your brush and use it to sweep the surface of the solid cleanser in circular mo-tions until the product lathers up. When all traces of makeup have been removed from the bristles, rinse, reshape the brush and leave both the brush and pot of solid cleanser to air dry.

Using Makeup Brush Wipes

For on-the-go cleansing, pop some makeup brush wipes in your handbag and simply run the brush across the wipe in a circular motion until clean.


Using cleansing solution

Use a brush-cleansing solution to give your brushes a deep clean. Ideally, you should clean all your brushes every week, but if this isn’t always possible, make your foundation brushes a priority as they come into regular contact with blemishes and oily-prone areas of the skin.

How often do I need to replace BeautyBlenders and/or sponges?

Regular makeup sponges (the inexpensive kind that come in bulk bag) aren’t meant to be reused.

Microbial-resistant sponges, such as BeautyBlenders, on the other hand, are meant to be reused and can be safely used for three to four months. As with makeup brushes, make sure to clean your BeautyBlenders at least once a week, as the sponges can become filled with skin cells and bacteria can overgrow in that area.

Makeup Brush Cleaning Do’s

o             Do wash your brushes at least every 2 weeks to avoid bacteria build up.

o             Do use a gentle shampoo (such as baby shampoo) to deep clean your brushes.

o             Do clean your brushes after each use with brush cleaner when working with clients.

o             Do gently re-mold each brush into it’s original shape if necessary.

Makeup Brush Cleaning Don’ts

o             Don’t completely submerge your brushes in water. This can cause the wood to swell and crack. It can also loosen the glue that holds the brushes in place.

o             Don’t dry your brushes upright. This can trap water in the base of the brush which can cause rotting of the wood. Lay them flat to dry.

o             Don’t allow water to enter the barrel of the handle. Water trapped in the barrel can rot the adhesive, leading to an unpleasant odor and brush hair loss.

o             Don’t squeeze the bristles dry as this can alter the shape of the brush.


“Can’t I just throw my makeup brushes in the washing machine?”

Sadly, the washing machine is not an acceptable shortcut. The heat of the machine will breakdown the glue that holds the brush to the handle,  but if time is short, an in-shower wash will suffice.



  • Established 1990: the Original Private Beauty Training School

    I’ve obtained multiple qualifications with The Beauty Academy over the years. It has improved my skills and I have gained confidence. The training is thorough and the course works around you, the tutors are all great! I will definitely book another course to keep up with the beauty industry.

    Sabine St Hilaire

    Read more reviews
  • Established 1990: the Original Private Beauty Training School

    I have done a few courses at the Cambridge and London venues and loved all of them. Staff is very friendly and professional at the same time which makes it easy to learn the theory and also the techniques. Teachers pay attention to each student and gives honest advises and support. I highly recommend The Beauty Academy for everyone.

    Ernesta Davailyte

    Read more reviews
  • Established 1990: the Original Private Beauty Training School

    Brilliant course. Tutor Leanne was so helpful and friendly and made me feel totally at ease. I was nervous as I have never done any beauty training before and she put me at ease straight away. Brilliant service and I will one hundred percent be using again. Thank you very much!!

    Ellie Hood

    Read more reviews