Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining And Washing Makeup Brushes

MMC supports individuals that LOVE makeup but wish it was LESS expensive.

MMC supports individuals that LOVE makeup but wish it was LESS expensive.

Cleaning and maintaining your makeup brushes will make your makeup brushes last longer. And it’s good for hygienic purposes. Makeup brushes catch lots of bacteria since it touches your skin, the dead skin cells get caught in the bristles and thus, creates an environment for bad bacteria. And we all want perfect skin, we hate pimples and we love our skincare routine. So think of cleaning your makeup brushes as part of your skincare routine.

Here we'll tell you the most natural, cost effective, DIY way of cleaning brushes, step by step. There are also products you can buy to make this process a bit faster or automatic, it depends if you want to make the investment or not.


How often do you need to wash your makeup brushes? It depends on the type of brush you are washing. For foundation and concealer brushes, you should atleast wash it on a weekly basis. For eye brushes, you should wash them twice a month and all the others can be washed once a month. If you apply makeup every day (sometimes multiple times a day), try washing your brushes more often.


  • You don’t want water to get into the base of the brush, it’ll loosen the glue and your makeup brush will start shedding abnormally.
  • Don't use hot water! It deteriorates the glue and your brushes will be ruined.
  • Don’t hold the brush vertically at any point of time during the wash. The water will seep through the bristles, go into the ferrule (the piece that connects the brush to the wand) and will loosen the glue.
  • Be sure to reshape the brush head after the wash. You can run your fingers across the bristles, it should automatically go back to its original shape (well, ours atleast do).


Step 1: Rinse your brushes with warm water (not hot).

Step 2: Get a jar with lukewarm water and mix in baby shampoo or dish detergent. You can also add a bit of oil in the mixture (optional). Dip the brush inside the mixture and then rub the bristles on your hand thoroughly. Get all the accumulated makeup product out! If your brushes are shedding, it might be time to get a new brush!

Step 3: Rinse the bristles to take off the soap and double check for remaining makeup product.

Step 4: Use a clean towel and dry the bristles.

Step 5: Run your fingers through, reshape the brush head and then leave it to air dry.


The pad is not necessary, completely optional. It's an alternative for your hand. You can use the different textures for different types of brushes. It essentially saves you a bit of time and is convenient to have.

You can get one from here.

Step 1: Place silicon pad in your sink

Step 2: Make sure it sticks on to your sink properly so it doesn't move while cleaning

Step 3: Wash the pad with water and put detergent directly on

Step 4: Clean your brushes moving your hand in circular motion against the textures on the pad

Step 5: You'll see makeup product coming off and have clean sanitary brushes.


Makeup brushes can last a couple of years if properly maintained. But if not properly maintained, you have to look for two signs and determine if you need to replace your brush.

The first is the buildup of makeup products. If you haven't washed your brushes for a couple of months, it'll be very tough to remove all that buildup. That buildup impacts how good your brush applies makeup. If you noticed your brush isn't applying makeup nearly as good as it was once before, you probably need to get a new brush.

The second sign to look for is the density. Brushes shed all the time, some shed more than others. If you have noticed that it's not as dense as it was before, you won't get the same results. Handmade brushes shed less than machine made as it is manufactured with more care. They'll last you longer than machine made.

Although, brushes can last longer, we still recommend changing brushes every year. The last thing you want is skin problems. Brushes are prone to bacteria buildup. There are very good brushes in the market that aren't expensive, you just have to find the ones that fit well with you.

Now you know everything you need to know to prolong the life of your brushes and keep them sanitary.