A detailed guide to caring for your makeup brushes

Gorgeous and professional makeup is just as much about the tools you use to apply it as it is about the product.

Using makeup brushes day in and day out means the natural oils from your face, makeup residue and other dust and debris builds up, which is why cleaning your brushes on a regular basis is so important.

To keep these nasties from being transferred onto your face, washing your brushes should become a regular part of your makeup routine.

It will increase the longevity of your favourite makeup equipment too!

Here is a step-by-step routine for maintaining clean and healthy makeup brushes.The clothes brush is a critical easy to use tool and essential if you value your tailored woollen clothes!


Run your brushes under warm water, rinsing out all of the residual makeup.

Gently massage the bristles of the brush from the bottom up. Avoid getting water underneath the metal clasp of the handle as this can loosen over time and you will start to lose your bristles.


Rinse the brush tip and handle under running water once again.

Repeat the shampooing process until the water runs clear from the brush when rinsing.

Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go.


Once clean, lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry.

We recommend you do this process at night so the hair has enough time to dry out, ready for your morning makeup application.

Aim to dedicate ten minutes once a week to give your brushes a deep clean. It will make a huge difference to your makeup application and save your skin from pesky breakouts due to dirty brushes.

After each use, makeup artists should ALWAYS spritz their makeup brushes with a disinfectant spray before using the brush on their next client.

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