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How to deep clean your makeup brushes using the most effective method – no tools required

Before we get started, let us first tell you about the importance of regularly cleaning your makeup brushes. Over time, brushes accumulate bacteria from sitting on your makeup counter and from applying makeup products. The more you cleanse them, the less acne-causing bacteria you're spreading on your skin. Besides bacteria, brushes also accumulate dead skin cells and oil, which can clog your pores and lead to dull or broken-out skin.

Neglecting your brushes' cleanliness will eventually damage them as well. Makeup residue weighs down the bristles, causing them to weaken and even break. So, if nothing else, think about all the money you spent on your beloved makeup brush set the next time you're thinking of skipping your weekly wash.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says to wash makeup brushes and tools every 7-10 days. We recommend washing your foundation and concealer brushes weekly and other brushes every two weeks.

To protect your skin and kill any harmful bacteria that lingers in your makeup brushes, BeautyDel is here to teach you the best method to deep clean your makeup brushes.

Here are 5 easy steps to cleaning your makeup brushes:

Step 1:

Hold your makeup brush with the bristles facing downwards and slowly wet the bristles with lukewarm (not hot) water. Make sure to avoid getting the inside of the barrel wet to prevent damaging the adhesive holding your brush together.


Place a drop of your cleanser of choice into the palm of your clean hand, then swirl the brush into the cleanser in a circular motion until the brush is fully covered with soap. Continue this process until you see the pigment and makeup product come off the brush.


Step 3:

Gently squeeze the bristles to remove the cleanser and rinse with water thoroughly, with the brush facing downward. Do not submerge the brush underwater.

Step 4:

Using a clean towel, squeeze out the moisture and re-form the bristles to their original shape.

Step 5:

Place your brushes to dry with the bristles handing off the edge of a counter. This method allows air to circulate evenly around the bristles and dry into the correct shape. Avoid drying your brushes in a vertical position with the bristles pointing up, which can cause water to leak into the barrel and handle, which will loosen the handle glue.

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