If you have sensitive skin, then you’re probably already pretty careful about what you put on your face. However, one part of the beauty routine that’s often overlooked is makeup brush cleaning.

Not only is it important to regularly clean your makeup brushes to keep irritations at bay, but those with sensitive skin also need to pay careful attention to the products that they use to clean those brushes. There’s no denying that cleaning makeup brushes can sometimes feel like an annoying extra step, but once you’ve got a good routine in place that caters to your sensitive skin, it won’t be long before you notice an improvement in your complexion.

Use a Mild Soap

A brush cleaning solution is a must to really get all of that product residue out, but many of the formulas out there are simply too harsh for sensitive skin. The residue from all of those heavy fragrances and chemicals that are impossible to pronounce will usually mean instant irritation the next time that brush touches your face.

Fortunately, you don’t need a dedicated brush cleaning solution to actually clean those makeup brushes. Instead, look for a gentle and mild soap, ideally one that has been designed for sensitive skin. Whether you buy it as a bar or a liquid, perform a patch test on your skin before using it on your brushes, so that you can be certain that the formula is suited to your sensitivities.

Speed Up the Process with a Cleansing Pad

Studio Pro Dual Cleansing Brush Pad

If you’ve got sensitive skin, then you will need to clean your makeup brushes at least once a week, which can end up taking quite a bit of time.

A brush cleansing pad can really streamline the process, making it quick and easy to thoroughly clean all of your cosmetic brushes. Cleansing pads are usually made from a textured rubber, and are small enough to fit into the palm of your hand.

All you need to do is add some warm water and a gentle soap, to the pad, before swirling your brushes through the ridges. If you’re using a bar soap, rub the bar over the pad along with some water to create a lather first - this will give you a much more effective clean.

A pad that contains both large and small ridges is ideal - this means that you’ll be able to use that one pad for everything, from a fluffy blending brush to a delicate eye brush.

Thanks to the friction created when you rub your brushes over the ridges, it takes no time at all to give all of your makeup brushes a good clean. It also means that you’ll be using less soap compared to other cleansing methods, meaning less irritation for your sensitive skin.

Try Spot Cleaning

Spot cleaning is when you give your makeup brushes a very quick clean, usually without any water. Although this doesn’t thoroughly clean the bristles, it takes away a large amount of product residue, keeping your brushes cleaner and fresher in between your deep-cleaning sessions.

How do you spot clean a makeup brush?

Many people use a dedicated spot-cleaning solution, but these tend to have a very high alcohol content, which can be disastrous for sensitive skin.

Instead, look for a spot cleaning tool that doesn’t make use of alcohol or any chemicals. The BH Cosmetics Quick Change Brush Cleaner is a great example; it consists of a small tin that contains a special dry sponge. Quickly swiping your makeup brushes over this sponge will clean those bristles of any product buildup, in a matter of seconds. You can then either store your brushes away for future use, or immediately use them again with a different shade.

Quick Change Brush Cleaner

Know How to Dry Your Brushes

Hate how long it takes for your makeup brushes to dry after being cleaned?

For some, the drying process takes all night, but this can be sped up if you change your technique…

Laying the bristles down on a towel may seem like the sensible option, but this can really prolong the drying time. Instead, try one of the following options:

  • Place your cosmetic brushes on a clean towel on a counter, but make sure that the bristles are hanging over the edge, so that they aren’t touching a surface. This allows air to properly circulate through and around them, rapidly speeding up their drying time
  • Invest in a brush drying rack, or make your own. These will keep your brushes hanging upside down, ensuring that any remaining moisture quickly drips off the bristles

One thing that you should never do when drying your brushes is to place them standing straight up in a brush holder or a cup - if too much moisture drips down into the handle, the glue that keeps the bristles attached to the brush will dissolve, soon rendering your brush useless.

Don’t be tempted to dry your brushes on a radiator or with a hairdryer instead - this will only excessively dry out the bristles, causing them to shed.

Although it may seem like a hassle, cleaning your makeup brushes will be beneficial for your skin in the long run and also allow your makeup to glide on flawlessly. Fortunately, once you’ve got the right brush cleaning tools and techniques in your arsenal, the process is so quick and easy that it will soon become second nature.