Makeup brush cleaners

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Most makeup lovers will admit to not cleaning their makeup brushes as often as they should. It could either be laziness or just forgetfulness. Cleaning your makeup brushes is important. You risk infecting your skin with acne causing bacteria which may take time to clear if you do not clean your brash. Additionally, clean makeup brushes maintain consistency. Let’s look at how to clean your makeup brushes using a silicone makeup brush cleaner.

Gather your cleaning supplies

Bring all your cleaning tools to one place which includes, silicone makeup brush cleaner, olive oil, baby shampoo and your dirty makeup brushes. Olive oil breaks oils stuck on the brushes, has antibacterial components and conditions them. The baby shampoo clears the entire residue that the oil didn't clean out and leaves the brushes smelling heavenly.

Place the makeup brushes in a large sink.

Wear the silicone makeup brush cleaner on your finger and pour several drops of olive oil on it and the amount of baby shampoo that you will use will depend on the number of brushes you are cleaning.

Start cleaning

Pass the brushes through warm running water and swirl them through the olive oil in a back and forth motion. Do not mash the brushes; they will lose their original shape. Rinse the silicone makeup brush cleaner and pour several drops of baby shampoo and repeat the same process. Ensure that the shampoo lathers well by adding warm water to the brush.


Hold the makeup brushes under warm running water. Press the brushes with your fingers to clear out the lather. The heads of the makeup brushes should always be facing down when you run the under water. Holding them head up will encourage gradual shedding and distortion. Also, it will prevent water from reaching the base and loosening the glue that holds the hairs together.

Remove excess water

After cleaning and rinsing your makeup brushes thoroughly, use your hands to squeeze all the water still on the brushes.


Lay a dry bath towel on a flat surface and place paper towels on it. Arrange the clean makeup brushes on the paper towel and let the dry overnight. You can use them after 3 hours if you need to use them sooner.

When to clean makeup brushes using silicone makeup brush cleaner

silicon makeup brush cleanerMost makeup fanatics detest the washing makeup brushes routine. While others feel it would take most of their time, a majority fear to damage their favorite brushes. It’s true if you do not use the correct methods to clean your makeup tools you may be losing them soon. Once you know the dangers of germs and oils coming into contact with your skin, you may change your mind about how often you should be cleaning your brushes. Here are your options:


Dry clean your brushes with a spray brush cleaner after applying your makeup each morning. Wipe with a paper towel to get rid of the residue left behind. People with acne prone skin are advised to wash their brushes daily.


Set a day like Sunday to clean all your makeup tools. How long you will take will depend on how dirty your brushes are and the number.

If you choose not to wash your makeup brushes at all, you will notice that they become stiff with time. The stiffness affects the application of your makeup and loads your skin with components such as bacteria and clogged oils.

Taking care of your makeup brushes

  • Do not store makeup brushes head up while drying them. The excess water soaks into the shaft which rots with time.
  • Never use a flat iron or a hair dryer on your brushes. The excess heat will damage the brushes’ fibers. Where the brushes are made from natural or synthetic heat will destroy them.
  • Store your brushes well. Place them in a tin while they are facing up. Facing them down will make the bristles crooked.
  • Store in a well-ventilated room. Places such as bathrooms are not best places to store your makeup brushes due to the limited air supply.

Useful tips for your makeup brushes

  • Cotton wipes or baby wipes are good for wiping out excess makeup that sticks on the brushes.
  • Avoid makeup cleansers that leave residue on the brushes.
  • Use makeup remover wipes for removing excess makeup on the brushes.

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