Brush laundry time!

I'm sure that I'm not the only one who likes to delay the inevitable makeup brush deep-cleaning task. It takes forever and then you need to wait out the dry-time before you can use them again. On the flip side, if you clean your brushes regularly you avoid fostering a bacteria-breeding ground within your brushes, which can contaminate your cosmetics and cause skin and eye problems (i.e. break outs, skin infections, conjunctivitis, styes...yuck). So, unless that doesn't bother you, scrub-a-dub-dub!

Brush cleansing really is a two-parter: daily spot cleansing & weekly/bi-weekly deep cleaning. Spot cleaning should be done after use with a product such as MAC Brush Cleanser or Parian Spirit Brush Cleaner. Using a facial tissue or a piece of paper towel, pour or spray a small amount of brush cleanser onto it and swirl the dirty brush onto the paper until color is removed. See the center pic on the top row (below). If you do this following every daily makeup application, you will reduce your risk of any of the yucky things that I mentioned previously and maybe even stretch out the time between deep cleanings.

I try to deep clean my brushes every week or two depending on how often I've been applying makeup. Weeks that I use a lot of makeup, I will wash my brushes weekly. On lighter make up weeks, I'll skip a cleaning. I use Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo to deep clean my brushes. To start, I hold my brush under warm running water, brush head down (always down as not to get water into the ferrule and risk ruining the brush). Once it's saturated, I put a bit of shampoo in my palm and swirl the brush in my palm gently and then rinse. The I towel off the brush and shape it, then place it on a clean baking rack to dry. Never place them upright to dry-- keep them horizontal until they are completely dry (again, avoiding getting any moisture in the ferrule of the brush, that is no bueno).

That's all there is to it. Use these tips and techniques and you can say goodbye to breakouts caused from bacteria from dirty brushes and bacteria-contaminated makeup. If you take care of your brushes not only will your skin and makeup stay hygienic, your brushes will be in good shape for years to come.



  1. Thank you for the info, Michele. I have been using my MAC brush cleaner as a deep cleaner, so I'm glad for the new advice on spot cleaning with that and deep cleaning with the Baby Shampoo!!!


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