Makeup brushes can have a hefty price tag (and you can’t have just one!), so we want to ensure that you get the most out of your investment. Plus, after so many uses they become caked with residue, oil, and dead skin cells, becoming breeding grounds for bacteria that you, in turn, put back on your face. Eww!

We get it—it can take a good chunk of time out of your day and you want to avoid it as much as possible. The good news, you don’t have to clean your brushes every day. As long as your skin is clear and you aren’t dealing with any allergies or infections. We also understand, that not everyone is the type to meticulously clean their brushes after every use. We recommend a deep-clean at least every 2 weeks, this helps to removes unsightly excess makeup. Regular cleaning also helps to reduce harboring bacteria, which can lead to breakouts and pink eye.

Cleaning your brushes regularly with help to remove:

  • Old Makeup
  • Dirt and Debris
  • Dead Skin Cells
  • Bacteria
  • Oils

We put together some great tried and tested product and cost saving ideas to try when cleaning your brushes. Decide what works best for you and your brushes.

For brushes that are extra cake-y, use a dab of almond or olive oil to break down the residue before you wash.


A big post-cleaning mistake is to let your brushes dry vertically, by sticking them back in the container while they’re still wet. That moisture can seep into the handle of the brush, damaging it and preventing the brush from ever drying completely. Dry brushes by laying them ontop of a towel and letting them air dry horizontally.