10734124_900459859965200_8326554331806588550_nWashing your makeup brushes should be a regular part of your beauty routine. When you use your brushes, bits of makeup, dirt, oil and bacteria can get trapped in the bristles. So while it might seem basic, skipping this step can lead to clogged pores and nasty breakouts. Not to mention that it can change the quality of your brushes and how they apply your makeup. So learning how to properly clean them is one of the best ways to protect your investment.

Luckily, cleaning your makeup brushes is quick and easy. The first step to keeping your brushes clean is picking up a daily brush cleaner and spritzing it on your brushes after each use. Once a week, it’s time for a deep cleaning. Don’t forget that your brushes will need a few hours to dry after a deep cleaning, so I’d recommend washing them after you’ve applied your makeup that day.

What you will need:
· Baby shampoo
· Antibacterial hand soap
· Your sink
· A shallow bowl
· A towel


1. Begin by running your brushes under lukewarm water, rinsing out all of the residual makeup. Try to focus on the actual bristles while avoiding the part of the brush where handle meets the head, as this can loosen the glue over time.

2. Fill the shallow bowl with lukewarm water and a squirt of shampoo, and gently swirl your brush tip in the water.

3. Swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to lather and to work the shampoo into the brush.

4. Squirt a pea size amount of antibacterial soap onto the palm of your hand and work this into the brush tip (This will kill all the bacteria in the bristles).

5. Rinse the brush tip under running water once again. Repeat steps until the water runs clear from the brush.

6. Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go.

7. Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry.

So there you have it! Your brushes will all be nice and clean 🙂

This post originally appeared on Katy's Beauty Blog.

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