How Should I Clean or Sanitise My Makeup Brushes?

When you’re applying product to the vulnerable facial area, it’s particularly important to be sure you’re sanitising makeup brushes between clients.

When you’re applying product to the vulnerable facial area, it’s particularly important to be sure you’re sanitising makeup brushes between clients. How should you clean your makeup brushes? We’ve got you covered with all the info you need!


How should I clean or sanitise my makeup brushes?


Daily, or Between Services


Cleaning brushes after each service is recommended, as you don’t want bacteria to linger and get comfortable within the bristles.

For fast cleaning, a shot of isopropyl alcohol removes pigment, sanitises your brushes, and dries quickly enough to get your brush on a new face stat. A rapid-drying brush-cleaning spray makes a great choice as well.


Deep-Cleaning Your Brushes


If you’re a busy artist, you should deep-clean your brushes at least weekly. Use a brush shampoo or conditioner suited to your brush type (natural or synthetic bristles).

Bear in mind that these time frames are only guidelines. If you feel like you need to deep-clean your brushes more frequently for the sake of your clients, absolutely do so! Just be careful not to deep-clean so often that the bristles start to fray or fall out. Otherwise, your investment in quality is pointless! On the other hand, it's completely normal for tools to show signs of wear after hard use - so don't be too hard on yourself if our brushes are showing signs of age.


How should I clean or sanitise my makeup brushes?


How to Care for Your Brushes Whilst Cleaning Them


Gently shampoo and condition the bristles, avoiding the area where the bristles meet the metal ferrule that attaches them to the handle. Detergents and conditioning agents can cause the glue to loosen and your bristles to detach easier.

When finished cleansing, pat the bristles dry and leave the brush out on a towel or paper towel to air-dry. Wringing bristles out shortens the lifespan of your brushes, so it should be avoided.

If you're in the market for a brush cleaner, no worries: we’ve got you covered! All of our favourite products below are meant to condition while cleansing and are safe for all brush types, both natural and synthetic.

Now that you know how to clean brushes properly, take a look at some of our makeup brush options. When you take good care of the brushes you have, you can afford to invest in some more.

 

How should I clean or sanitise my makeup brushes?