How To Properly Clean And Sanitize Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes are essential implements in achieving a desired look, but neglecting to care for these tools can lead to big trouble. Dirt, oil, bacteria, dead skin cells all collect in makeup brushes, and routine cleaning is needed to reduce your chances of breakouts and a variety of infections that can come from contaminated brushes.

What you will need:
Clarifying shampoo or baby shampoo
Rubbing alcohol
Cotton balls
Small container like a bowl, cup or jar (a disposable paper cup will also work)
Lint free cloth or paper towels

Step 1
Rinse brushes one at a time under running lukewarm water. Massage the bristles with your fingers, or swirl the bristles against your palm under the water to loosen contaminants. Take care to not wet the end of the brush where it joins the handle as repeated cleanings can compromise the integrity of this area and cause bristles to become loose.

Step 2
Apply a small amount of shampoo to the palm of your hand and swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to work up a lather. Rinse under running lukewarm water until water runs clear.

Step 3
Fill container with enough alcohol that when brush is dipped, it can accommodate the length of the bristles. Dip brush in alcohol and swirl, being careful not to wet the area where the bristles and handle meet. Remove brush from alcohol and dab on clean cotton ball.

Step 4
Lay brushes out to dry on a lint free cloth or paper towels. Drying may take several hours, especially for larger brushes.

Contaminated makeup brushes can expose you to a number of ailments including pimples and cysts, rash, herpes and even staph infection.

Makeup brushes should be cleaned and sanitized a minimum of once per week, and as added precaution, never share makeup brushes.