How to clean and wash makeup brushes at home

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Wondering how to clean and wash makeup brushes at home? Although many people neglect washing their brushes, doing so can harm your skin and lead to poor makeup application. Fortunately, maintaining your bristles regularly is very easy and inexpensive.

The best way to clean and wash makeup brushes at home

The best, easiest and fastest way to clean and wash a makeup brush at home is to use a makeup brush cleaning machine. A cheaper alternative is to use a brush scrubbing mat.

A brush cleaning machine is affordable and effective. A portable cleaner is just $23.99 on Amazon. This method allows you to attach your brush to an electronic handle, which is then dipped into a pot of cleaning liquid, such as brush shampoo, and cleans the bristles by quickly rotating them in the liquid. If you have a lot of brushes on hand – and often have dirty brushes in front of you! – This is a great option.

If you want to do it yourself, consider purchasing a cheap brush cleaning mat instead and following these steps:

  1. Prepare a brush cleaning mat (about $5 on Amazon) and a small cup of lukewarm water.
  2. Pour a small amount of brush shampoo into a cup.
  3. Dip your brush into the shampoo.
  4. Wipe the brush over the mat until it is clean.

How to clean makeup brushes?

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Cleaning makeup brushes typically requires a brush cleaning mat and a cleaning fluid such as brush shampoo. You can opt for products you already have at home, such as regular shampoo. However, to avoid damaging your brush and drying out its bristles, it is recommended to use a product designed for cleaning makeup brushes. You can buy a cheap $10 set that includes a brush cleaner and mat here.

How to dry makeup brushes

The quickest way to dry your makeup brushes is to leave them on a towel and air dry. You should not blow dry your makeup brushes, otherwise the glue may melt and the bristles may come loose.

Some may choose to do this with cheaper makeup brushes that don't necessarily interest them, but ultimately there's little point in that – unless you plan on quickly reusing your makeup brush after cleaning it , you should wait until it dries on its own.

How to clean a makeup sponge

Cleaning a makeup sponge is similar to cleaning a brush, but without a brush mat. All you need to do is add makeup brush shampoo to hot water and soak the sponge in the mixture. Make sure all makeup has been removed from the sponge, then squeeze out the excess water and allow to air dry.

Some recommend using dish soap to clean a makeup sponge. However, we don't recommend this – it can harm your skin if all the soap isn't removed, and is overall riskier than simply using the brush shampoo mentioned above.

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