How to Clean Your Make Up Brushes

Makeup Brushes

Is Your Skin Breaking Out?

Acne is never fun but when you’re dealing with adult acne after you’ve already gone through the stages of puberty and teenage years, it can be even more of a nuisance. Most of the time, adult acne can be caused by what we are eating, stress and or hormonal changes but the cause can be much simpler and easy to fix.

Dirty makeup brushes are typically the cause of unwanted acne and flare-ups. If you’re not washing your make up brushes, you could be harming your skin more than enhancing it.  Washing your makeup brushes should be done at least once a week, especially if you use them every day. Keeping your brushes clean should be a regular part of your beauty routine for the safekeeping of your skin and it’s overall health. When brushes are used, makeup, oil from your face, dirt, and even bacteria from the makeup itself (from previous uses) can get trapped in the bristles and then transferred onto your skin.

The good news is, cleaning your makeup brushes is both quick and easy. So grab your child’s gentle baby shampoo and get started! Here’s the right way to deep clean your makeup brushes:

You will need:
• Gentle baby shampoo
• Warm water


  1. Begin by running your brushes under lukewarm water in the sink to rinse away any heavy powders that are resting on the ends of the bristles. Be sure to do this until most of the heavy hue is gone and the water lightens up.
  2. Cleansing one brush at a time, squirt a tiny amount of shampoo on the bristles and gently massage the bristles downward to make sure all oils, dirt and old makeup are washed away.
  3. Rinse the brush tip under running warm water until the water turns clear and the brush looks well rinsed.
  4. Use a towel or cotton cloth to dry your brush, reshaping the bristles by pinching them downward.  This will relieve the bristles of any access water.
  5. Lay your brushes flat on a dry towel making sure they are not touching each other and leave them to dry.

That’s it! Now your brushes will look and feel like new for your next application. Worried about the dry time?  I like to cleanse my brushes at night before bedtime allowing them to dry overnight for the next morning’s application.  The dry time is perfect and I love the feel of a soft clean brush on my face.

Do you have a baby shampoo or a brush cleanser you like to use?  What’s your brush cleaning regimen? Share it with us in the comments below.

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Shannon is the Owner of Detroit Mommies and is a lifestyle blogger of 17 years. She is the CEO of The Lazov Agency, Glameselle Beauty, and the owner of and Shannon is also the Founder & President of The Glamorous Moms Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports women and children rebuilding their lives from poverty, illness, human trafficking, addiction, and domestic violence. She is big on spreading love to those who need it most and loves to connect with other parents.
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