How To Clean Your Makeup Brushes Like A Pro

Are you a make-up enthusiast looking to take your beauty routine to the next level? Cleaning your make-up brushes is an essential step in maintaining healthy skin and achieving flawless results when applying cosmetics. With just a few simple steps, you can easily keep your tools clean and free of germs for perfect application every time.

Most of us are guilty of neglecting our make-up brushes, letting powder and cream formulas build up on the bristles without cleaning in between. However, it’s essential to wash your brushes to remove product buildup, here’s why.  Dirt left behind on your brushes can lead to bacteria growth leading to acne, and other skin issues. Here’s everything you need to know to make your brushes clean and fresh: 


What should I use to wash my makeup brushes? 

It’s important to choose the right cleanser for your brushes. A mild shampoo or baby shampoo works well for natural-bristle brushes, while synthetic-bristle brushes do best with liquid soap specifically designed for cleaning cosmetic tools. If using soap or shampoo, make sure to rinse thoroughly after washing so there’s no residue left behind on the brush bristles as this can interfere with product performance. 

Did you know that your trusted micellar water is a multi-purpose wonder? Pour NIVEA Perfect and Radiant Micellar Water into a bowl or saturate a cotton pad and press against the bristles of your brushes. This will easily remove the dirt and gunk that accumulates on your brushes. 


How do I clean my makeup brushes?

  1. Fill up a bowl or sink with lukewarm water and add some of the cleanser you’ve chosen.
  2. Swirl each brush in circular motions until they are completely saturated
  3. Let them soak in the solution for about 5 minutes
  4. Rinse off any excess cleanser from the bristles
  5. Make sure water isn’t too hot to avoid damage to bristles
  6. Rinse off all residual soap under lukewarm running tap water
  7. Dry out your freshly cleaned make-up brushes. 

Makeup Brush Cleaning Tips: 

  • Don't leave make-up brushes damp as this could cause mould formation over time due to prolonged moisture exposure. 

  • Spot clean stubborn stains on individual bristles by gently scrubbing them against an old towel that has been soaked in warm soapy water and then rinse in cleansing solution.  


How do I dry my brushes? 

For natural bristle brush heads: lay flat on top of an absorbent surface such as paper towels or cloth towels and allow air drying overnight (do not place near direct sunlight). 

For synthetic bristle brush heads: stand upright (with head pointing downwards) so that all excess moisture runs straight down without dripping onto handle which may lead to discoloration and decay overtime. Make sure these are placed away from sources of heat otherwise overheating might occur resulting in shape loss and potential hair shedding issues later down line. 


What is the best way to store my brushes? 

Once fully dried out, store away securely within closed drawers, cases or glass jars containing dry rice grains at the bottom to help prevent dust accumulation. Or, why not display them proudly on top of your dressing tables or vanity units in your home? 


How often should I clean my makeup brushes? 

Regular maintenance should become part of your weekly beauty regime going forward.  

  • For brushes used with powders like bronzers and blushes: Clean 1- 2 times a week. 

  • For brushes used with liquids or creams like foundations: Clean daily or after every use as they are more prone to harbour bacteria. 

  • For sponges like your beauty blenders: Clean daily or after every use.