A Makeup Artist’s Guide To Cleaning Your Makeup Brushes

Your ultimate guide to cleaning makeup brushes – straight from a professional! I’ve been around as a makeup artist for quite some time now and by far the most common questions I get asked are to do with cleaning my makeup brushes – namely how to clean them and how often. Given the renewed priority of hygiene in recent months, it’s now more important than ever to approach our daily routines with careful attention to cleanliness. Besides, beyond health reasons, clean makeup brushes actually improve the way makeup sits on your face, so double bonus! With this in mind, read on for the ultimate step-by-step guide to cleaning your makeup brushes. How Often Should I Clean My Makeup Brushes?

This is a loaded question as you should really wash your makeup brushes after every use. However, as a lot of us don’t really have the time to wash them every single day, I suggest washing your makeup brushes at least weekly to every two weeks, especially if you put on makeup daily.

It’s worth noting that animal bristle brushes tend to need washing more often. That’s because the cuticle on these types of bristles is open, allowing it to store more product and bacteria. Plus, animal bristles are more likely to malt onto your face the more you wash them. For these reasons, it’s better to switch to synthetic makeup brushes if you can.