Freestyle Friday Beauty Edition: Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

How often do you clean your makeup brushes?

It is always an interesting conversation when I talk to clients about cleaning their personal makeup brushes. It is even more surprising when I look at the brushes and wonder why anyone thinks they shouldn’t. Your personal makeup brushes should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week. Below are a few simple steps on how to clean your brushes without compromising the integrity of the bristles.

  1. Begin by running your brushes under lukewarm water, rinsing out all of the residual makeup. Try to focus on the actual bristles while avoiding the part of the brush where handle meets the head, as this can loosen the glue over time.
  2. Squirt a pea-size amount of cleanser in the palm of your hand and gently swirl your brush tip in the cleanser. You want to work up a lather.
  3. Rinse the brush tip under running water once again. Repeat steps two and three until the water runs clear from the brush removing suds and residual pigment.
  4. Use a cloth to gently press the excess water while also reshaping the bristles as you go.
  5. Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry overnight.

Super Easy! Some may ask can you use shampoo or soap? A gentle clarifying cleanser that removes pigment and oil is best. My go-to is Dawn dish detergent and a Sigma Cleansing Mat.


When in a hurry or between clients I use a spray brush cleanser. Spray brush cleansers are great for travel as well. This is another very easy to use product, just spray directly on to the bristles of the brush and then wiped off with a paper towel or cloth. When wiping its best to use a paint stroke motion from left to right. spray and repeat until the brush wipes clean. Two of my favorite brands are listed below:

Cinema Secrets is a great for a quick cleanser. It is a for professionals yet accessible to all makeup lovers.


My favorite is Parian Spirit which smells of delicate citrus. I get compliments on how my brushes smell all the time which opens up the dialogue for me to talk about brush cleansers and why it is important.


Please remember to also not share makeup brushes and if by chance you do use one of the aforementioned cleansers along with a 70% alcohol spray. I make a point to clean my brushes between every client when I am working on more than one person. Sanitation is key whether at home, on-the-go or when booking a professional makeup artist.

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