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January 17, 2012

How to Clean Dirty Makeup Brushes

How to spot clean and deep clean your makeup brushes

Hi Kind Friends! It is important to clean your makeup brushes. That goes without question. If you are putting makeup onto a brush, then on your face, repeat, repeat, repeat… bacteria is going to accumulate. This can be for a million reasons. It could be that your face wasn’t clean, your hands weren’t clean, someone coughed in your vicinity, something touched your brush without you noticing, etc. No matter what you think, your brushes have bacteria on them. Also, product build up makes brushes act in a different way then when they are clean and new.

Cleaning your makeup brushes will not only make your makeup go on smoother it will also help prevent you from getting blemishes because of the bacteria build up.

So, you need to clean your brushes. How to spot clean and how to deep clean your brushes are outlined in the videos below.


Method #1: Once a week I use the Sephora Daily Brush Cleaner and a towel as demonstrated above. It is really easy and quick.


Method #2: Once a month I deep clean my brushes using soap, a bowl, water, and the Sigma Dry n’ Shape. Before I got the Dry n’ Shape I had to wait more then a day for my brushes to dry. This has saved me hours!

Now that you know how to clean dirty makeup brushes you’ll have a cleaner face and more precise makeup application. Enjoy!

There is so many ways to clean brushes, share your method in the comments!


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  • Lauren

    Love this post and the videos! Very helpful. I just read an article about how filthy makeup brushes (and cell phones) are and how they should be cleaned once a week. This made me realize that I had no idea how long it had been since I cleaned my brushes. Whoops. Needless to say today I cleaned them. I also read about the spray from Sephora which I definitely want to try!

    January 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm Reply
    • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

      Cleaning your phone is so important, it’s something I really need to work harder on doing more regularly as it really contributes to acne. I cary my phone with my everywhere, I don’t even want to think about what germs could be on it.

      March 24, 2015 at 3:50 pm Reply

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