How to Clean Makeup Brushes with Dish Soap the cheap and easy way! I’ll show you how to clean your makeup brushes with step by step pictures showing you how to clean your makeup brushes at home. I think this is the best way how to clean makeup brushes because it helps remove bacteria and oil, keeping your face safe from breakouts. Wash your makeup brushes at least once a month for best results.
How to Clean Makeup Brushes with Dish Soap
Today’s tutorial is how to clean makeup brushes with dish soap the quick and easy way at home! Did I mention it’s also the cheapest way to clean all your makeup brushes? You don’t need to buy anything specifically formulated to safely clean makeup brushes. Save your money and put your dish soap to use in the name of beauty.
Q: How often should you clean your makeup brushes?
A: At least once a month! I clean my makeup brushes once every 2 weeks. Look at the magnified photo I took below and you’ll understand why I clean my makeup brushes on the regular.
Why Clean your Makeup Brushes with Dish Soap?
Why use dish soap to wash your makeup brushes? If you can eat off a dish that’s been cleaned by dish soap, why not apply a brush to your face that’s been cleaned with dish soap?! I highly recommend cleaning your makeup brushes with dish soap because it safely cleanses away everything that needs to be removed from our makeup brushes to keep our brushes like new. My opinion is that dish soap is the BEST way to clean your makeup brushes.
Dish soap won’t leave behind any oily residue and rinses clean. Without any residue left behind, the bristles of our makeup brushes will be less prone to having anything stick to them after makeup applications! If you’re prone to breakouts, having clean makeup brushes are a must for your skin care routine. A properly cleansed makeup brush will help prevent breakouts and acne much better then a dirty makeup brush that has trapped dirt and oil – making it a place where bacteria grow.
Dish Soap Removes:
- Old Makeup
- Dead Skin Cells
How to Clean Makeup Brushes with Dish Soap – What you’ll need:
- Dish Soap – Any Kind!
- Paper Towels
- Warm Water
How to Clean Makeup Brushes with Dish Soap – Step 1
In a shallow plate, apply a teaspoon of your favorite dish soap with a couple table spoon of warm water.
(I’m using Dawn Ultra Platinum Dish washing Foam.)
I love the foam that pumps out, perfect to get into those brush bristles! You can use ANY dish soap to clean makeup brushes!
How to Clean Makeup Brushes with Dish Soap – Step 2
Starting from the center of the plate, place your first brush into the soapy mixture and swirl it around the plate, soaking up as much soap and foam as possible. This is fun, especially with the eyeshadow brushes, I like to draw designs on the plate. Are you a plate designer too? LOL
How to Clean Makeup Brushes with Dish Soap – Instructions Step 3
The foam will quickly turn the color of your makeup, keep swirling your brush into the mixture until you can no longer leave a trace of makeup onto the plate. Work your way to the edge of the plate. Try not to splash it all over your granite counter top or your new jacket like me 😉
How to Clean Makeup Brushes with Dish Soap – Instructions Step 4
Take your brush to the sink and give it a good rinse in warm water. Use your fingers to move the makeup brush’s bristles around. It always surprises me how much makeup these little brushes can keep trapped in there! Its still rinsing out?! Try not to get any water into the base of the brush (the metal part) You don’t want to trap any water in this area, it could loosen the glue! Always rinse your brushes horizontal or downward.
How to Clean Makeup Brushes with Dish Soap – Instructions Step 5
If your brush is still dirty, rinse your plate and start again on the same brush. If it’s squeaky clean, place your brush onto paper towels to dry naturally. Don’t use a hair dryer to dry them, that will damage the hairs and loosen the glue that holds them together at the base of the brush. If you feel your makeup brushes are too dried out or damaged, you can try using a mild hair conditioner on the bristles to soften the brush. Never use extra virgin olive oil to clean your makeup brushes, the residue will stay on the bristles and everything will stick to your brush like a magnet!
Your makeup brushes should be clean and disinfected now!
Good quality makeup brushes are a smart investment. Whether you buy expensive or cheap brushes, if you take the proper care of cleaning and storing your makeup brushes, every application will be more enjoyable and you’ll have more professional results. I hope your makeup brushes feel as good as new and refreshing to use! Thank you for reading my article “How to Clean Makeup Brushes.”
If you’re unsatisfied with dish soap to cleanse your makeup brushes, you can try the Mac Brush Cleanser (read my review there <— ). It works good, but I still prefer the dish soap 😉
Also, if you’re looking for beautiful and high quality makeup brushes, check out my fav makeup brushes and read my Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brush Review