How to Clean Your Makeup Brushes So They Last

How often do you wash your makeup brushes? Weekly, monthly… can’t remember? It’s ok, it happens to the best of us. Between on-the-go makeup looks and getting the perfect glam look that took you forever, our precious brushes can start to take a toll. Other than embarrassingly dirty bristles, our brushes can carry bacteria bringing us unwanted breakouts. The bristles in our brushes are porous, so they absorb and hold onto oil and any debris around them, resulting in a not-so-cute makeup application. While having product build-up on bristles can make it even more difficult to achieve a flawless finish. With all of this worry now… what’s the best way to clean and care for them? No need to worry though, we’ve got the best ways to clean and care for your makeup brushes so they can last! 

Scrub a Dub-Dub!

For best brush care, try to give your brushes a thorough cleaning once a week, or every other week MAX. There’s no need to wash them every day or every other day, this will actually do the bristles more harm than good. Follow these 5 easy steps for refreshingly clean brushes.

Step 1

Holding the brush with the bristles pointing down is the best. The glue holding the bristles together at the ferrule can become loose and start to shed. Keeping water and soaps out of the base will help this to not happen.

Step 2

Wet the brush with lukewarm water.

Step 3

Using our Studio Pro Dual Cleansing Brush Pad, add a few drops of cleanser to the textured ridges and swirl brush bristles until clean. For cleansers, we recommend the Liquid Blender Cleanser from @beautyblender. The cleanser softly conditions bristles while effectively removing any product build-up. It’s also paraben, phthalate, and sulfate free. DIY: Another effective product is baby shampoo, it’s great for sensitive skin, and cleans the bristles very well.

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Step 4

Rinse off bristles and squeeze out extra moisture.

Step 5

Reshape the brush and let the bristles dry horizontally, hanging off the edge of the counter so it fully dries.


Always Care for Your Brushes

Don’t have time to spare or just need an easier temporary solution? Try our Quick Change Brush Cleaner. This special dry sponge removes pigment build-up and can change eyeshadow shades super quick. Bring this with you on-the-go or right beside your makeup table to help you switch shades fast while giving your brushes a slight cleanse. Tip: Remember to wash this sponge weekly in addition to your brushes, so it’s always clean and ready to go.

Connect with Us on Social!

Keeping your brushes clean on a weekly basis is going to help them last longer, keep your skin clearer, and give you a flawless blend. Show us how you enjoy cleaning your makeup brushes on social. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter & tag us @bhcosmetics and use #bhcosmetics, so we can be in awe of your squeaky clean brushes! Comment below your own tips & tricks for cleaning makeup brushes and let us know more topics you want to see on the blog!


  • Britt

    Helpful tips ! 💜

  • Yaritza

    Thanks for the tips! I def need to clean my brushes/ sponges more often.

  • A’janae Williams

    This was a SUPER helpful. Thanks queens ❤️

  • Chloe Grace

    OMG! Thank y’all so much for this blog post. I’m brand new to makeup and I just ordered my first brush set a couple of days ago. This will DEF be helpful for me when I get to start having fun. <3

  • Isabel

    I love this blog! Thank you ☺️

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