If you’re a beauty enthusiast like me, putting on makeup in the morning is not only an essential part of your day but also the best part! The best advice anyone has ever given me is to clean my brushes out once a week. I’ll be honest; I used to clean them once a month and didn’t really think much of it. Once I started cleaning out my brushes on a regular basis I noticed that not only was my skin less oily with fewer minor breakouts but my makeup looked better than usual!

So why should you clean out your brushes…

Dirty brushes have a build up of dirt, bacteria, oils and dead skin cells. All these things can cause breakouts. A dirty brush will not pick up the full pigment of makeup as well. This means that you’re not getting the full potential of your foundations and powders.

The Proper Way to Clean Brushes

You’ll need…

Brush cleanser

Warm Water

Clean Cloth


  1. Run brush under warm water to loosen dirt. You do not want to use hot water because it can ruin brushes by loosening the glue.

  2. Apply brush cleaner and gently rub bristles into the palm of your hand in soft circular motions. Continue this step until the bristles are clear of makeup.

  3. Gently rinse your brush with warm water to remove the cleaner.

  4. With a clean cloth remove excess water.

  5. Lay brushes flat to dry.

*Brushes will need to dry over night.

Brush Cleansers

            If you are not sure what kind of brush cleanser to use I have found 3 of the best on Sephora. You can also go to any makeup up store or pharmacy and look in their cosmetics aisle. I use Ulta brand cleanser for my brushes and it works wonderfully. If you’re looking for something more budget friendly you can try E.L.F. cosmetics. Their brush cleanser is very inexpensive. You can also use shampoo in a pinch or make your own cleanser with 2 parts dish soap and 1 part olive oil.

  1. Make Up For Ever Instant Brush Cleanser $22

Buy it here.

  1. Sephora Collection Hit Refresh Brush Cleaner Set $12

Buy it here.

  1. Cinema Secrets Makeup Brush Cleaner $24

Buy it here.


Just remember to keep it clean and stay beautiful,