How to Clean Makeup Brushes

As a new Avon representative, my training touched on how often you should clean your makeup brushes and I was honestly surprised to learn that the answer is once a week.

Cleaning them once a week helps keep them fresh and oil free. I’m sure it helps keep nasty bacteria away too!

Until now, I usually did mine about once a month but from now on will be more vigilant about keeping up with cleaning them more often.

The best way I’ve found to clean makeup brushes is to simply use warm soapy water. You don’t need to invest a small fortune in makeup cleaning solutions. Hand soap, dish soap, shampoo, or even a little shower gel will do the trick nicely.

makeup cleaning pad
A quick cleaner pad is great for switching colors!

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In between cleanings I use a makeup cleaning sponge thing that I got from my FabFitFun beauty box subscription but I found one at Amazon that seems to do the same thing. You can see it here: makeup cleaning sponge pad. It’s designed to let you easily switch colors while using the same makeup brush. But, even if you’re using one of these, you should still clean your cosmetics brushes at least once a week. Twice a month is okay if you don’t wear makeup every day.

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Warm soapy water makes cleaning your makeup brushes easy!

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

  • Fill the sink with warm water.
  • Add a drop of a gentle cleanser such as baby shampoo, shower gel, dish detergent, etc.
  • Swish the water to make suds.
  • Drop your brushes in and swish them around.
  • Let them soak for a minute or two.
  • Swish again.
  • Remove your brushes from the sink.
  • Lay on a towel or wash cloth and then roll them in the towel (or cloth) to remove excess water.
  • Stand them up in a cup to finish air drying.
drying cleaned makeup brushes
Lay the clean wet brushes on a towel or wash cloth.

I’ve been home a lot during the pandemic so I haven’t been wearing as much makeup as I normally do so I don’t have many brushes to wash right now. I’m using a washcloth to let them drip dry but if you have more brushes than what fits on a washcloth, by all means use a towel.

I don’t ever rub my brushes. Or squeeze them. I just give them a gentle shake, over the sink and lay them flat on a towel or washcloth. To finish the job, I gently roll the wash cloth or towel around them to absorb the excess water.

clean makeup brushes
Air drying my makeup brushes.

When they’re not soaking wet anymore, I stand them in a cup on my bathroom counter to let them finish air drying. By the next morning, mine have always been dry and ready for re-use. If you have a high humidity level in your home, you might want to allow for more air drying time.

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