How To: Take Care Of Your Makeup Brushes

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Published on April 13, 2006 with 12 Comments

A good set of brushes can last you at least a couple of years. In order to keep them in good shape, treat them with extreme care and keep them clean. You do not have to wash your makeup brushes every time you use them but if you wear makeup every day, you should definitely wash them once a week. Here is how to do it:

1. Gently wash them with a baby shampoo or a brush cleaner.

2. Once you are done, lay them flat on a piece of paper towel. Do not stand them up because the water will drip into the part connecting the handle with the metal part and this will mess up the glue inside.

3. Let them air dry. Do not attempt to make them dry faster by using a blow dryer. This will only damage your brushes.

4. Once they are completely dry, gently reshape them.

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  1. thanks for the tips! I was wondering what brushes you think are the best.

  2. it’s hard to just name one brand – it really depends on what kind of brush you’re looking for. Some high end ones are MAC, Shu Uemura and Cat’s Cosmetics and some cheaper ones are Sephora, Sonia Kashuk and L’oreal.

  3. what do you think of Chanel brushes? i see them on Ebay and they are sold as a bunch of 16 for something like $100 (minus postage) are these genuine u reckon? the sellers have 100% postive feedback

  4. hi Wendy, I have heard good things about Chanel’s brushes. Their most popular brushes are the foundation brush and kabuki brush. I would say get them if you don’t already have a nice of brushes and you have the $ to spare.

    It’s hard to tell whether these brushes are genuine or not because I personally have not seen them. However, Chanel brushes generally cost as much as MAC’s so $100 for 16 brushes is a great deal.

  5. how come i have to use “baby” shampoo to clean can i just use normal soap?

  6. Hay Phyllis, Ive done a MAC make up artist course, and we were told to disinfect the make up- ie so you dont spread the germs, for an eye pencil, lip liner etc. I dont know what they use. Would rubbing alcohol work?

  7. Hay Phyllis, Ive done a MAC make up artist course, and we were told to disinfect the make up- ie so you dont spread the germs, for an eye pencil, lip liner etc. I dont know what they use. Would rubbing alcohol work?

  8. Baby shampoo is a lot more gentle than regular soap.

  9. The easiest way to stop germs from spreading when you use your eyeliner/lipliner is simply to sharpen them.

    I have seen the folks at MAC dip their products in a glass of alcohol before they try out products on customers. You can try putting rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and spraying it onto your makeup to disinfect them before you use them on different people.

  10. Hay P,

    How do you disinfect eye pencils before you use them on other people, just so that when my friends use my colourful pencils, i know we’re not spreading germs!
    Thanks!

  11. Hi Phyllis! I am not sure what exactly constitutes a “constructive comment”, but if any one else has had issues with their brand new MAC makeup brushes shedding hair, a MAC makeup artist informed me that all of their brushes should be washed prior to first use. I suppose since the bristles are hand-bound to the handle, there can be loose bristles that should be able to be removed with that first washing.

  12. Hi! I wonder if there is any quick and cheap way to keep my eyeshadowbrush clean between each color. I don’t want to mix them up accidently… I would love for you to respond on email or on my blog!

    Thanks! // Emma

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