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How to Wash Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes accumulate dirt and bacteria over time. Keep your beautifying tools clean with a simple routine.


  • Step 1: Prepare your cleaning solution In a small bowl, mix warm water with mild detergent until the detergent dissolves.
  • Step 2: Soak brushes Immerse the brushes completely so that the cleaning solution breaks down any residue and banishes bacteria. Leave in the solution for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
  • TIP: For sensitive skin, use a drop of shampoo or mild skin cleanser as a cleaning agent.
  • Step 3: Rinse brushes Remove the brushes from the bowl and rinse off the detergent with warm water.
  • Step 4: Dry brushes Blot dry with paper towels and leave to air dry for at least four to six hours.
  • Step 5: Store in a covered container Store makeup brushes in a clean, dry covered container. Repeat the cleaning process twice per month.
  • FACT: Japanese makeup brushes are made with techniques dating back to the 1600s.

You Will Need

  • A small bowl
  • Mild detergent
  • Paper towels
  • A covered container

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